Saxophonist and clarinetist Marty Fogel debuted with the seductively free-jazz
Everyman Band, alongside
David Torn on guitar, Bruce Yaw on bass and Michael Suchorsky on drums.
He contributed Lonely Streets and Fatt Blatt to
Everyman Band (march 1982 - ECM, 1982), and
Multibluetonic Blues and Celebration 7 to
Without Warning (december 1984 - ECM, 1985).
His solo debut, Many Bobbing Heads At Once (march 1989 - CMP, 1989),
featuring David Torn on guitar, Michael Shrieve on drums and Dean Johnson on
expanded on the ideas of the Everyman Band with a group sound that was
even more lyrical and personal. At the same time, Fogel's compositions became
even more unorthodox, incorporating and mixing elements of
funk, pop, samba, Africa, reggae and bebop music. The elegant saxophone variations
on a sunny extroverted theme fire up a texture of exotic funk, dissonant guitar and fusion jazz in the eight-minute Zavana.
Owasco is relatively harmless Latin jazz but defused by several strains
of minimalist repetition.
Shorter vignettes such as Unlikely Beast Slayer betray Fogel's
melodic/romantic soul; and Cool It is a flashback to the 1950s,
except that saxophone and guitar are deformed like in a nightmare,
the the drums explode like fireworks.
At the other hand of the spectrum,
Land Of Giants is a surreal vision, propelled by pounding drums
and alien guitar, in which the saxophone spirals out of control.
Fogel coins a style that casually connects
jazz tradition, avantgarde idioms and pop stereotypes.
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