Grand Guignol

Grand Guignol

by Naked City


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Grand Guignol

Naked City's follow up to their self-titled album is a departure from the New York noir that they had perfected. Here, after a 17 minute, moody title piece, all low rumbling punctuated by drum thrashes and distorted screams, is a very straight transcription of Debussy's "Cathedrale Engloutie" featuring some very lovely, watery guitar work from Bill Frisell. Other modern pieces follow, with works by Scriabin, Ives, Messian, and Di Lassus. And then for something completely different: 32 thrash'n'burn numbers lasting anywhere from 10 seconds to a whopping 1:14, most with humorous titles (some favorites: "Jazz Snob: Eat Shit," "Perfume of a Critic's Burning Flesh," "Pigfucker"). Forget the subtlety of the first half -- this is thrash jazz! Yamatsuka Eye of the Boredoms provides vocals. As they say, there's screaming, and then there's Yamatsuka Eye. Whether or not such eclecticism makes for awkward listening is apparently the last thing on Zorn's list, and it probably shouldn't be a concern anyway. A rewarding album.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/1998
Label: Avant Japan
UPC: 0634164000226
catalogNumber: 2

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Naked City   Primary Artist
Bob Dorough   Vocals
Joey Baron   Drums
Yamatsuka Eye   Vocals
Fred Frith   Bass
Bill Frisell   Guitar
Wayne Horvitz   Keyboards
John Zorn   Alto Saxophone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Alexander Scriabin   Composer
Martin Bisi   Engineer
Bob Dorough   Contributor
Seigen Ono   Engineer
Joey Baron   Contributor
Scott Ansell   Engineer
Disk Union   Executive Producer
Yamatsuka Eye   Contributor
Fred Frith   Contributor
Bill Frisell   Contributor
Wayne Horvitz   Contributor
Roger Moutenot   Engineer
John Zorn   Arranger,Producer,Contributor
Lisa Wells   Contributor,Photo Typesetting
Maruo Suehiro   Illustrations

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