jueves, diciembre 08, 2011

Esto lo estoy tocando mañana #19 - Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band (1982)


Jazz had always been an influence on the Captain. Charles Mingus probably affected his conception of bass and pulse among other things (and Mingus' 1961 classic "Oh Yeah" is an idiosyncratic take on the blues not dissimilar to Don's own take circa the Strictly Personal album). Thelonious Monk's fragmented, kicking rhythms were undoubtedly an influence on Don's own unique rhythms (which in my opinion are his most precious musical asset). Ornette Coleman and Roland Kirk, among others, influenced Don's view of music. When I hear this record, I'm reminded of these influences - particularly Monk and Mingus - not because the Magic Band ends up playing "jazz" in any conventional sense (this is still rock as much as anything else), but because I hear Don moving closer towards those influences in his compositions and in these performances.


Scott McFarland

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