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Intonomancy by No-Neck Blues Band

The No-Neck Blues Band is a NY area ensemble whose members prefer not to be identified or photographed. Their music is not easy to classify, which is a big part of the fun. Though there are "song" titles, their approach is open-ended improvisation, but with subtle theme-ologies recurring throughout - vocals chants/improvs (recalling Patty Waters and Jeanne Lee, no less), pretty folk-rock riffing, primal Albert Ayler-esque sax wails, gently undulating (and arhythmic) percussion, organ that's equal parts Terry Riley, Sun Ra and Ray Manzarek and restrained, sighing psychedelic guitar are all part of the rich pageant of ebb-and-flow/stream-of-(sub)consciousness presentation. Yep, it’s all very abstract and languidly spellbinding - and usually this kind of thing in lesser hands can lead to a whole heap of (barely listenable) trouble. But these folks’ approach displays the telepathic interplay and sense of (collective) purpose of people who’ve been playing together for a while, so even at its most abstract, Intonomancy [a play on John Cage’s legendary Indeterminacy] maintains an organic demi-groove. The Metaphor Section of our program: NNCK come on like a holy amalgam of Amon Duul, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, The Grateful Dead (circa Live Dead/Seastones) and Neu! Ah yes, this is not for the squeamish, but for them amongst you who enjoy both psychedelic rock and free jazz, or them that seek the moment of Zen in an unaccompanied Roscoe Mitchell solo or the soothing white noise of your favorite electric fan, THIS is a disc to GET and immerse yourself deeply during your most private midnights.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: No-Neck Blues Band
  • CD Title: Intonomancy
  • Genre: Ambient Jazz
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: s@1
  • Rating: Five Stars
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