DJ Bonebrake is, of course,
best known as the drummer of the legendary Los Angeles band X. That
they happen to be one of this reviewer's favorite bands of all-time
made me really curious to hear this. I didn't expect to hear anything
like X's rootsy punk and sure enough, this is about as different
from that as you can get. In addition to being a great drummer,
DJ is also great percussionist and in particular excels on the vibes
(i.e. vibraphone). The first time I saw X, on their "Unclogged"
tour in 1995, DJ played vibes very effectively as X did stripped-down
versions of much of their best-known material, so the fact that
he would release an album like The Other Outside as bandleader and
vibraphonist didn't surprise me at all.
In any case, this is instrumental cocktail jazz. The closest thing
I can compare it to is maybe Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson or perhaps
Bobby Hutcherson's parts on Eric Dolphy's classic Out to Lunch LP.
I like this quite a bit and you should too. Just don't expect "Sex
and Dying in High Society" or "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts."
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