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Headless Household: Blur Joan

One’s tolerance for carefully crafted eclecticism will probably determine how much interest one might have in Blur Joan, the seventh full-length recording by the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Headless Household. A few longstanding members (keyboardist Dick Dunlap, percussionist Tom Lackner, guitarist and JazzTimes contributor Joe Woodard) make up the core of an outfit that likes to accumulate piles of guest musicians and play games with genre. In fact, on Blur Joan the group flips through genres, moods and styles like a bored 10-year-old with a satellite-radio remote. It’s almost as if they couldn’t bear the thought of two songs resembling one another.

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