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Prester John / Desire For A Straight Line
Album:Desire For A Straight Line Collection:Jazz
Artist:Prester John Added:Jun 2011
Label:Innova Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-06-12 Pull Date:2011-08-14 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Aug 14Aug 7Jul 31Jul 24Jul 10Jun 26Jun 19

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 22, 2011:Music Casserole
Tall Tale Pathology
4.Jul 30, 2011:Rebop
Making Circles
2.Aug 13, 2011:Rebop
Plain Of Jars
5.Jul 22, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
Tall Tale Pathology
3.Aug 05, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
Saturday's Tribe
6.Jul 09, 2011:Rebop
Saturday's Tribe

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-06-05 
PRESTER JOHN: Desire for a Straight Line
Innova, 2010

ACOUSTIC – Yay! These excellent guitar/mandolin duets may have a folksy Americana sound, but the content is forward-thinking music with a jazz orientation. There are eclectic references around the edges to avant-garde composers, gypsy music, modern classical, etc. It’s brainy music you can dance to, served in appealing, bite-sized morsels.

All really good. Fo’s Picks: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10

1. 4:03 – intricate call & response dialogue with a swinging middle
2. 0:32 – angular interlude, a good intro for…
3. 2:06 – nifty tune, alternately jabbing and sneaky
4. 3:15 – quick strumming, with exotic melody and rolling solos
5. 2:54 – strange creaks and plinks give way to a wide-legged swing
6. 6:52 – spiraling up-midtempo, solos bounce back and forth
7. 1:04 – disjointed walking interlude
8. 3:42 – oddly-shaped skeleton with an upbeat, lyrical covering
9. 3:30 – uptempo drive, straightforward and rather catchy
10. 2:45 – what a neat sound! quiet interplay and a big, punchy refrain
11. 0:53 – oddball tune surges forward, scurries underfoot
12. 2:37 – counterpoint-a-palooza! careful construction, midtempo
13. 2:16 – goofy walking rhythm, complex melodic weaving
14. 2:54 – steady pace, circular feel, relaxed & thoughtful solos
15. 0:26 – stabbing interlude
16. 8:29 – laid-back with interesting harmonic shadings, churning solos

[ Fo ] 06/05/11

Track Listing
1.Tall Tale Pathology 9.Wender's
2.Half Speed Cakewalk 10.Saturday's Tribe
3.The Library Thief 11.Mike Sary: Silhouette No. 3
4.Plain Of Jars 12.Piano And Violin Duet No. 1
5.Song For Henry Threadgill To Sing 13.Duckling
6.Making Circles 14.Saints
7.Janet Feder: Silhouette No. 2 15.Dave Kerman: Silhouette No. 1
8.Marionette Waltz In Four 16.The Favored Colour Of Light