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Evil Monkey Man
     

Evil Monkey Man

by Yazbek
 
David Yazbek's music is grounded in a hodgepodge of performing and non-performing arts, breaching categories and genres that listeners seldom imagine working together: comedy writer, musical soundtrack composer, and confessional songwriter. The inquisitive listener might be curious but skeptical: can such disparate media be made cohesive?

Overview

David Yazbek's music is grounded in a hodgepodge of performing and non-performing arts, breaching categories and genres that listeners seldom imagine working together: comedy writer, musical soundtrack composer, and confessional songwriter. The inquisitive listener might be curious but skeptical: can such disparate media be made cohesive? Yazbek's answer is Evil Monkey Man, an album that, at least during its first half, pulls together these elements with aplomb. The humor is dry, understated, and absurd. In "Terrible Thing," the narrator repeats, against a jazzy backdrop, that he has really screwed up, lightly tossing off -- in the climax -- that he is now dead, his head covered with blood and his "face stamped in clover." The titles, including "Monkey Baby Hanging on Chicken Wire" and "Bazooka Joe," hint at Yazbek's absurd outlook. He mixes up the arrangements, too, combining elements of jazz, rock, and pop, and keeping the overall soundscape intriguing. These smart qualities work less well as the album reaches the midway point, and as a result, the second half of Evil Monkey Man is less imaginative. The material that works, however, works quite well, and half of an unusual album that is unusually good is more worthwhile than the same old, same old. And Yazbek should also get credit for the cool title.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558330823
catalogNumber:
83308
Rank:
214495

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Performance Credits

Yazbek   Primary Artist
Tony Orbach   Saxophone,Guest Appearance
David Yazbek   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Dean Sharenow   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Mike DuClos   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Erik Dellapenna   Guitar,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Haven Gillespie   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
David Yazbek   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Howard Korder   Composer
Dean Sharenow   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mike DuClos   Composer
Erik Dellapenna   Composer
Jessica Disbrow   Art Direction

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