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Burton Greene Meets Sacred Baboons by Burton Greene / Sacred Baboons

Pianist Burton Greene was in the thick of the NYC free jazz scene of the early and middle 1960s. He’s still very active today (mostly in Europe) as a piano soloist (seek his albums on CIMP and Cadence), leader of the Klezmer-jazz Klezmokum ensemble and a collaborator, which brings us to this platter, a collab between Greene and the Illinois improvisational/noise trio Sacred Baboons. Greene plays not piano, but is instead credited with "orchestral electronics," which is interesting as Greene was one of the first musicians in the 60s free jazz scene to perform on the early synthesizer models. Here, he engages in free improvs with a spirited trio - the results range from crackling ethnic (think Balinese gamalan and Brazilian Rain Forest sounds) ambiance ("Swamp Percussion and the F.L.O.") to pensive fusion-flavored cartoon soundtracks (think Frank Zappa’s instrumental music, The Residents, Fred Frith) to all-out free-form Jackson Pollock splatter (sometimes in the same piece). Recommended chiefly to those who think of Derek Bailey and/or Peter Brotzmann as "easy listening."

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Burton Greene / Sacred Baboons
  • CD Title: Burton Greene Meets Sacred Baboons
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Musicians: B.G.: electronics; Clay Grossman: drums; Nick Sondy: electric bass; Ben Lansing: electric guitar.
  • Rating: Two Stars
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