I'll be honest here.
I never liked Oingo Boingo, so when I got their saxophonist Sam
Phipps' 1981 LP Animal Sounds (now reissued on CD with bonus tracks),
I was skeptical. You know what, though? This is terrific stuff.
It's as if John Coltrane circa his early ‘60s Atlantic period
had been reincarnated as a white guy from L.A. in the early ‘80s.
Don't believe me? Just give this a listen. You'd be hard pressed
to believe that it was even recorded in the early ‘80s. Despite
being clearly indebted to the free jazz of the ‘60s, it also
(perhaps intentionally) reminds me of an earlier era. Specifically,
it evokes the "noir" L.A. of yore that movies such as
L.A. Confidential depicted. This CD also features two "live
in the studio" type sessions and both will knock your socks
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