Curlew - Mercury
The great Cuneiform Records drillout/blowout sale. After more than 25 years of releasing great, hard to sell music, you won't be surprised to read that we've simply got too many of some titles. To make some room for the future, for a limited time you can buy this title as "marked overstock".
In the words of Option, "Curlew is the best and most obstinately committed band to emerge from New York's Knitting Factory-based alternative music scene..." Curlew was formed in 1979 by George Cartwright, the group's leader, saxophonist, and main composer. Cartwright's compositions are at once direct and mysterious, possessing a clarity and focus that show both Ellington and Ornette assimilated in a most unique way. Backed by the hard-rocking unit of Chris Parker-electric keyboards and piano, Dean Granros-guitar, Fred Chalenor-bass and Bruce Golden-drums, Curlew somehow manage to combine r'n'b swagger and groove with free jazz and wild soloing into a whole that is immediately identifiable as nothing other than "Curlew"! Curlew are well known and well respected for almost 25 years of exciting work. Mercury is their 10th release; may they rock for another 25!!
"As a unit Curlew is focused and structured...(they are) a finely tuned machine with a sparkling identity."-All About Jazz.