Thursday, 13 February 2014

GARY WINDO: Dogface German review translated

After Gary Windo had mostly spent the 70s in the UK and included, inter alia, with Keith Tippett, Chris McGregor, Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper and Ray Russell and played live, he joined in 1977 the touring band of Carla Bley on (with whom he also on Nick Masons in 1979 ingested, but only published in 1981 solo album - actually a Carla Bley-album - to hear "Fictitous Sports"), and finally moved to the U.S. where he became a fixture in Bleys formation. 

There he met Windo 1980 to the producer Hal Willner, the Bley and Windo for his first solo album "Amarcord Nino Rota" recruited and Windo offered to record an album for him. Windo accepted the offer and so studios all sorts of pieces, recorded with members of the group of Windos wife Pam (Pam Windo & The Shades), the band NRBQ and all sorts of other musicians who were in the vicinity emerged in the Grog Kill, near Woodstock . The result was eventually published in 1982 under the title "Dogface" of Europe Records. 

"Dogface" is a kind of concept album, all the tracks have but something to do with dogs. Otherwise, can be found with a clear No Wave impact on the album a loose, quite humorous mix of jazz-rock (me occasional Canterbury allusions), Brassrock, edged jazz, gutgelauntes free game Rock mess, bulky, blaster-heavy rhythm and blues and slanted rock. The whole thing is produced quite earthy and powerful, is presented with virtuosity and color, comes very spontaneous and spirited out of the speakers, but offers all in all no real prog fare, and is also for the Canterbury-adepts of little interest. 

Windo fans, friends expressive sax performances and especially those who appreciate the very experimental productions of the jazz-rock no-wave scene of New York in the early 80s of last century, can of course still access here. With "Pussy kisses", "Rex and Spot meet the international bitches", "Hound", "The Huskey" or "Lassie Breaks Out" they get quite likely to hear highlights of the genre. The other, more traditional brass bands, jazz or R & B numbers are but on the other hand was somewhat unspectacular.


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