Cuneiform: Curlew – North America (expanded) / Dieses Wochenende für FIVE !!!

Ehrlich gesagt. Mit der ersten Mail das es dieses Album für 5 € gibt, habe ich es auch schon gekauft. Was für eine herrliche schräge Musik ! George Cartwright, Tom Cora , Mark Howell und Fred Frith. Läuft also  bei mir in der Rotation sozusagen  …Wunderbar !

„Curlew was always a fascinating group and I was delighted to be involved with it, however briefly. Producing this record was a lot of fun, and I think George and Tom definitely had some composing chemistry going on. They always sounded best when their „Southern“ roots were most obvious, and I think that shines through on North America more than ever. Maybe that was the point of the title? Plus I wrote Person to Person for George and it’s one of my favorite compositions, and actually the first time I played with the idea of a sax quartet, which proved to be rich territory for me over the years. So I’ve always had a soft spot for this record!“ – Fred Frith


North America reissues Curlew’s obscure 2nd album, which was recorded in 1984-85 and originally released only in Germany. It features the band in transition from it’s original line-up into the band that helped to define the „Knitting Factory Sound“ in the mid/late 1980’s, and who The New York Times called, „the best of the unsigned, genre-busting downtown groups“.

North America is an unusual album in the band’s oeuvre, as it’s their one album that is the most obviously a product of the studio, and it’s also their most overtly ‚avant-progressive‘ release.

Like all the band’s work, it is a unique synthesis of gritty Southern r ’n‘ b, harmolodics, finger-popping grooves and the avant-garde. The band who perform on North America is pretty much an all-star ensemble of the emerging ‚downtown‘ scene: Appearing as always are saxist/leader George Cartwright and cellist Tom Cora. Fred Frith appears in the role of bassist (& 2nd guitarist), which might seem a little surprising until one remembers that for many years he held down the bass chair in Naked City. The guitarist is Mark Howell. Drum duties are split between Rick Brown and Pippin Barnett. Pippin would become Curlew’s drummer for the next six years.

In addition to the personnel on the original album, there is 30′ of never-heard bonus live material included which was recorded a year before the recording of the album, and which features Cartwright, Cora, guitarist Nicky Skopelitis, drummer Anton Fier and bassist Otto Williams.

I was gonna say a lot here about this wonderful album and this wonderful group, but the following review from Exclaim says it all!

personnel on North America [tracks 1-13] :
George Cartwright – alto, tenor saxophones
Tom Cora – cello, accordions
Mark Howell – guitar
Fred Frith – bass, guitar, violin
Rick Brown – drums
J. Pippin Barnett – drums
Polly Bradfield – violin on 6 & 10
Butch Morris – cornet on 3
Martin Bisi – fake bass drum on 4 

personnel on Live At Mort’s Place, NYC 1983 [tracks 14-19]
George Cartwright – alto, tenor saxophones
Tom Cora – cello
Nicky Skoopelitis – guitar
Otto Williams – bass
Anton Fier – drums 

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