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African Swim and Manny & Lo
     

African Swim and Manny & Lo

by John Lurie
 
Renaissance man John Lurie displays track after track of abstract jazz vibes on this exuberant album compiling two film soundtracks. The general atmosphere is one of gentle jazz inflections. There's a mysterious, Southern air to much of the guitar work. Most of the songs are quiet yet emotionally charged instrumentals. When Lurie and his collaborators (including

Overview

Renaissance man John Lurie displays track after track of abstract jazz vibes on this exuberant album compiling two film soundtracks. The general atmosphere is one of gentle jazz inflections. There's a mysterious, Southern air to much of the guitar work. Most of the songs are quiet yet emotionally charged instrumentals. When Lurie and his collaborators (including Medeski, Martin & Wood and Marc Ribot) do supply vocals, they're quite humorous and effective. "Big Trouble" sees Lurie telling hilarious tales of the dilemmas of everyday desires, using the vocal stylings of a Southern bluesman. "She's Not a Nurse" is a joyous Ramones-style romp, with raging punk overtones. The only complaint against any of these songs, across both soundtracks, is that they're simply too short. Many songs just start to register their charms and then end under the one-minute mark. Thankfully, the rolling, cocktail interplay of "Manny & Lo (End Titles)" lasts six minutes. It's hard to imagine any of these 25 songs not working perfectly as the score to any film, since Lurie attempts and masters so many different musical styles. African Swim and Manny & Lo sees Lurie creating remarkably pleasurable, accomplished jazz soundscapes. Atmospheric and controlled, Lurie's music works as a darkly humorous, pretty ode to life's hardships and simple pleasures. It seems as if John Lurie can do no wrong.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/16/1999
Label:
Strange & Beautiful
UPC:
0655217001724
catalogNumber:
17

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lurie   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals,Sampling,Yells
Janet Grice   Bassoon
Marc Ribot   Banjo,Guitar
Bill Ware   Marimbas,Vocals,Vibes
Tony Garnier   Bass
John Medeski   Keyboards,Vocals,Casio
Brian Mitchell   Keyboards
Laura Seaton   Violin
Doug Wieselman   Clarinet
Mary Wooten   Cello
Billy Martin   Percussion
Michael Blake   Clarinet
Mauro Refosco   Percussion,Vocals
Calvin Weston   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Pots
Chris Wood   Bass
Doug Wiselman   Clarinet
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet,Conductor,Vocals
Matt Zimbelmann   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mary L. Rowell   Violin
Ron Lawrence   Violin,Viola

Technical Credits

Tom Lazarus   Engineer

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