Fricke's Picks: A Punk-Jazz Ruckus

Curlew were another of New York's confrontational pleasures at the turn of the Eighties, an avant-jazz band — including saxophonist George Cartwright, guitarist Nicky Skopelitis and bassist Bill Laswell of Material — high on Ornette Coleman and punk-rock energy. A reissue of their daunting but driving 1981 debut, Curlew (DMG/ARC, a label started by the New York shop Downtown Music Gallery), comes with a second CD of hard-rock harmolodics, taped live at CBGB in 1980 with Coleman's son Denardo on drums. It is more heat wave than No Wave — the kind of art and fun you could have on the Bowery long before the condos and boutiques moved in.

[From Issue 1065 — November 13, 2008]

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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