WIND & WIRE - A Review by
Here we go again!
Richard Bone has produced still another great
album in yet another different direction.
Sheesh! I should get a rubber stamp made up
for this guys reviews with the words "An
incredible CD! Go buy this -- right now!" It's
cliche to say that Richard continually
re-invents himself as a musician and composer,
but on Coxa (the
definition of which is your hip bone, by the
way), he has followed up his wonderful
Electropica with another
musical tribute CD. This time he salutes the
mellow swing jazz of people like Creed Taylor,
Cal Tjader and their like. As with
Electropica, his tribute is
both a wonderful homage and a brilliant new
twist on this re-emerging genre.
The fantastic art deco
graphics on the cover and inside (by Jim
Szarkowicz) tipped me off to the "Hipness"
factor contained herein. This music is
ultra-cool and swings with a seductiveness and
retro-jazz/swing feel that I fell in love with
on the first playing. The sax and bass on
"Playa Six" are just too groovy (a la beatnik
groovy) for words. You can imagine listening
to this in a smoky club with people dressed in
black turtlenecks and berets. Yeah, baby! The
sexy swaying rhythms of "Outside the
Incrimination Field" should easily jump start
your libido, assuming ya got the beat in your
blood. Then there's the vibes and cymbals in
"Amorita Dive," with some whacked-out vocal
refrain and muted electronic effects. Oh man,
this recording is fun!
While all of
Coxa is a blast, the absolute
stone-cold high point for me is "Dido" with
Johnnie Walker Black-mellow guitar,
luxuriously languid vibes, and slow tempo
percussion. Oh, get my hat and coat -- this
cat is going prowling tonight! As a final
twist, Richard has included a mystery cut
(unlisted) at the end of the CD. I won't
describe it, but it will be a surprise after
the rest of the CD!
Bless Richard Bone!
With Coxa and
Electropica, he has brought a
healthy dose of desperately needed fun and
spice to this dreary world, along with a sense
of musical humor second to none. This one is
highly recommended for hep cats and swingers
without reservations -- the rest of you, well,
you just don't dig this scene, do ya? Your