Kif

Kif

by David Fiuczynski
     
 
After the slightly disappointing Black Cherry Acid Lab (if only because it was too short), David Fiuczynski quickly came back with this impressive collaboration with electric cellist Rufus Cappadocia. The album also features contributions from percussionist and drummers Daniel Sadownick, Gene Lake

Overview

After the slightly disappointing Black Cherry Acid Lab (if only because it was too short), David Fiuczynski quickly came back with this impressive collaboration with electric cellist Rufus Cappadocia. The album also features contributions from percussionist and drummers Daniel Sadownick, Gene Lake and Ralph Tobias, plus clarinetist Matt Darriau and singer Lian Amber. You'd think that the mean, twangy guitar riffs and solos of "The Fuze" would eat a cello alive, but please understand that Cappadocia's playing usually comes much closer to fretless bass than anything close to an acoustic cello -- he's more Tony Levin than Yo-Yo Ma! The set kicks off with "Mektoub": after an introduction featuring the cellist playing arco (one of the rare moments on Kif where one can identify the instrument for what it truly is), the piece builds up to one of Fiuczynski's trademark slow-tempo funk moods. The guitar lines hint at North-African scales, while Sadownick's percussion work enhances the Moroccan feel. Each track provides a setting for the duo to explore exotic sonorities -- titles likes "Phrygianade," "Chinese GoGo" and "Purple Vishnu" are self-explanatory. At times it almost feels like a recipe, but Fiuczynski's creative soloing -- and the fact that he has been using twangy Middle-Eastern and Far-Eastern-like melodies long before this album -- makes it work. And you never know when an innocent-sounding Klezmer melody will turn into a monster hard rock riff. "Prayer for My Father," slow and emotional, provides a highlight. "Gaida," co-penned with Matt Darriau, who also plays clarinet in it, is another stand-out.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2003
Label:
Fuzelicious Records
UPC:
0698698890326
catalogNumber:
8903

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Fiuczynski   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,12-string Guitar,Cumbus,Guitar (11 String)
Matt Darriau   Clarinet,kaval,Gaita
Gene Lake   Drums
Daniel Sadownick   Percussion,Conga,Djembe,Udu
Gregory Dean Smalley   Pedals
Rufus Cappadocia   Cello
Tobias Ralph   Drums
Lian Amber   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Fiuczynski   Producer,overdub engineer,Cover Photo
Matt Henderson   Programming,Engineer
Lian Amber   Producer,Executive Producer,Cover Design,Cover Photo
Per Wickstrom   Engineer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >