Other entries in the program are songs that he vetted for obscurity by checking with Jean-Paul Guimond (a local singer famous for his encyclopedic knowledge of Qubcois songs), and include such humorous fare as the story of a monk whose secret lover is revealed when she accidentally puts ink on her face instead of perfume and is consequently pursued through the monastery as a burglar, and another of a man who returns home from sea and somehow ends up wearing the trousers of his faithless wife's lover.
838 Notes, June 2009 squawks also cut through the mix; one program are songs that he vetted for obscu- wishes that it were possible to hear rity by checking with Jean-Paul Guimond (a Marclay’s turntable manipulations more local singer famous for his encyclopedic clearly. The second suite, titled “Jigsaw,” knowledge of Québécois songs), and in- consists of two parts, both featuring Frith clude such humorous fare as the story of a on multiple instruments alongside trom- monk whose secret lover is revealed when bonist Jim Staley. Commissioned by the she accidentally puts ink on her face in- Concert Dance Company of Boston, “Jig- stead of perfume and is consequently pur- saw” is a highly episodic collection of brief sued through the monastery as a burglar, sound collages, each of them built on puls- and another of a man who returns home ing but sometimes quirky rhythms. What from sea and somehow ends up wearing keep all of these pieces from dissolving into the trousers of his faithless wife’s lover. The purely assaultive skronk are the good hu- singing is excellent and the trio’s unex- mor and wit that always characterize Frith’s pected detours into close harmony are playing and composing; there is a cheerful- thrilling, but it is the ﬁddle tunes that bring ness to even his most abrasive work that the most pleasure: the traditional melodies makes it far more listenable than that of of Québec are among the most lovely in all many of his other, more ill-tempered col- of Western folk music, and the original leagues of the period. Frith remains one of compositions with which they are inter- the more consistently interesting and re- mixed here are every bit as pleasing. warding musicians operating in the rock/ classical/ avant-garde borderlands, and Augustus Pablo. The Mystic World of the slow but steady trickle of CD reissues Augustus Pablo: The Rockers Story. from his vinyl catalog continues to be very Shanachie 45068, 2008. welcome. Augustus Pablo, who died in 1999 at only Genticorum. La Bibournoise. Roues et 46 years of age, was a signiﬁcant ﬁgure in Archets RA012, 2008. reggae music history for a number of rea- sons. In addition to single-handedly turn- The tra
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