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08/31/12

Jazz Punks
Smashups
Foam at the Mouth

On this irreverent but undeniably clever collection of mashup arrangements, the L.A.-based quintet brings its fearless alt-jazz sensibility to a commingling of Sonny Rollins’ “Oleo” and Hendrix’s “Purple Haze,” an organic melding of the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and Paul Desmond’s “Take Five,” a marriage of Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints” and the Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” and a perfect fusion of “Body and Soul” and the John Coltrane classic “Naima.” There’s also an inspired merger of Miles Davis’ “No Blues” and the Who’s “I Can See for Miles,” a coupling of Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia” with Led Zeppelin’s “Misty Mountain Hop,” and a rendition of “Take the ‘A’ Train” infused with Radiohead. Bravo to subversives Sal Polcino (guitar), Danny Kastner (piano), Michael Polcino (bass), Robby Elfman (sax) and Hugh Elliott (drums)—collectively the Marx Brothers of jazz. With strong, often swinging performances throughout, Smashups plays like a less violent version of John McDonough’s Brilliant Coroners.

Originally published in July/August 2012
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