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Kitty Brazelton

Kitty Brazelton

After spending the ’70s firmly entrenched in the avant garde before crossing over to the pop camp in the ’80s, vocalist-keyboardist-composer Kitty Brazelton has successfully melded the two aesthetics with Dadadah. On the group’s second recording, Love Not Love Lust Not Lust (Buzz), Brazelton delivers her highly personal lyrics in an affecting, cathartic style against the backdrop of some intriguing arrangements for nonet. The music speaks of craft and discipline while also integrating plenty of outre improvisation into the mix by the likes of cellist Matt Turner, guitarist Hui Cox, harpist Elizabeth Panzer, trombonist Chris Washburne, French hornist Lydia Van Dreel and saxophonist (and Microscopic Septet founder) Phillip Johnston.

“The thing about this band is that there’s no keyboard,” says Brazelton, who grew up on rock before investigating more heady musical pursuits. “It keeps it open. It’s like doing aerial acrobatics.”

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