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20 April 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 20 April 2004
  • Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings
  • Copyright: 2004 Thirsty Ear Recordings
  • Total Length: 41:58
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  • ASIN: B002RCQR7O
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,418 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Rosam on 2 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Quite simply one of my Top 10 jazz albums from the new millennium.

Intelligent electronica, great improv, fantastic playing, brilliant compositions. A real step out from the fringes of contemporary jazz without it being mistakable for any other kind of music.

Just buy it and give yourself a real treat.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Avant-jazz of the highest order 13 May 2004
By Jan P. Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
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I love these oxymoronic titles, don't you?
The obvious question is, Which is it, junk or magic? But why does it have to be one-or-the-other? Why not both?
Indeed, why not?
And I think it is. It's "junk" in that it's not "classic." Maybe it's even "anti-classic" (whatever that is). That is, it pretty much plays by its own rules, not following bebop, hard-bop, post-bop, or free-bop. What else would you expect with bad (plus) boy David King sitting in the drums chair?
It's magic in that the goings-on are pretty special. What we've got here is something scarcely heard before. Thus, it's "magic" sheerly by being "unique." But it's also magic by being beguiling.
One of the things that makes this disc magic is its use of electronics, a vital, even essential feature of its fascinating sound signature. Take the first number, the title cut, "Junk Magic." The MO's pretty much out on the table for all to see: It starts with slow, dreamy sax and a static keyboard figure, setting a mood of soporific haze, when, suddenly, weird electronics creep in, along with a thudding drum figure. All-at-once we're in an altered state, an alien soundscape, with industrial thumps and Paradise Lost. But you know what? It's all somehow weirdly consonant with the preceding vibe, and it makes its own kind of crazy sense (with Redemption lurking in the shadows?).
Once broached, the electronics are front-and-center pretty much from here on out; once the cat's out of the bag, no sense in playing it coy. Thus, "Mystero," the next cut. Ringing, bell-like electronic tones; bass drones, sax moans, drum groans, all in some kinda Kubla Khan gamelon crazy-world.
And so on.
Pretty magical, methinks.
For me, this represents the apogee of Thirsty Ear's Blue Series gropings (not entirely successful, it must be admitted)--thoroughly modern, but with a kind of surefootedness and je ne sais quoi one is always relieved to encounter among the avant-garde.
I for one am willing to forgive any number of clunkers (and the Blue Series has been saddled with its share lately) for music of this transcendent, translucent, transmogrified gloriousness.
Must be believed to be heard.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Music 27 Jun 2009
By Big A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is tantalisingly complex, but highly satisfying music BECAUSE it is emotionally intriguing, unlike Guillermo E. Brown's 'Soul At The Hands Of The Machine', which one of the reviewers refers to. By comparison the latter is repetitive techno-babble. Junk Magic, like David Torn's Prezens, on which Craig Taborn also plays, is way ahead of lots of music that purports to be contemporary, even avant-garde, because the players really know their music - they're not just making sounds and hoping for a mood or an effect. Don't be put off. Check it out. It will open your ears wide.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Um, good, but not great. 3 Jun 2004
By T. Klaase - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had real high hopes for this album but a lot of the music seems to miss the emotional points. It's a bit anticiptic. All technology and no heart... It comes thru at times, but more miss than hit.

Try Guillermo Brown's "Soul at the hands of the machine" from the same 'blue series' thirsty ear label to get the emotion with the technology... Guillermo's album is truly revolutionary and amazing...
Static swing 30 May 2010
By IRate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Posturing pianist's solo output here veers between meaningful maneuverings and texture-obsessed tech demos, but along its short way at least a cerebral originality is maintained.
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