PRINT March 1997


Lisa Carbon

WHEN MOST PEOPLE listen to jazz, they hear a bluesy cry, a soulful shout, or, if they’re particularly sophisticated, an idiosyncratic sense of harmonic development. I hear those things too (except for the sophisticated one), but when I listen to the way bass, drums, and piano lock and unlock, exchange ideas, and shift into different gears as one soloist gives way to another in hard bop—the super-charged extension of bebop that emerged in the mid ’60s—I hear something else, the sound of a machine whose sole function is to constantly reinvent itself. On stereococktail (Pod import) LISA CARBON & FRIENDS make the metaphor literal, using drum machines and synthesizers to create what one song names “The Only Virtual Computer Jazz”—music that apes the group interplay of improvisation and aspires to the rigor of hard bop. “Apes,” because, although the liner notes claim stereococktail was “

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