CARL HANCOCK RUX
Good Bread Alley

[Thirsty Ear, www.thirstyear.com]

Though Carl Hancock Rux is new to my ears, he's really been raising eyebrows for the past decade or so. Mostly a writer and playwright [with dozens of awards and citations to boot], he has also expanded his talents to music. In fact, this is the third solo album he's released. Striking a Jimi Hendrix pose on the album cover, holding a cigarette instead of a guitar, I wondered what exactly I'm in for. My first reaction was "Yup, they've done it! Thirst Ear has finally released a true blues-soul record!" On closer introspection, I noticed there was much more to it than just that. First of all, Carl is a man of passion and social justice. "Behind the Curtain" and "Black of My Shadow" [which features haunting vocals of Helga Davis and stirring violin work from Leroy Jenkins] are two heavy-handed examples where social and personal work tends to mix in his work. I've got to be honest - I can't understand what the pull is to pay tributes to Kurt Cobain, but there it is, in black and white on "All The Rock Stars". The music itself falls between good to great. With a ton of guests [slide guitarist Dave Tronzo, bassist Jason DeMatteo and a ton of back-up vocalists], the album tends to favour variety. The main feel of the record is its solid beat and a rock-blues-soul tandem. Carl has a rough and brutal set of vocal chords that recalls both Hendrix and a smoothness that brings to mind Gil Scott-Heron at his prime. The mix itself is as rough as Carl's vocals. Every single instrument is mixed right up-front and nothing is left to chance. Pure exhilarating groove, soul, joy and a ton of anger is what makes this album a stand out.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Xenia Beliayeva - Ultra Glamour
+ Past Present Future
+ Total 7
+ Peeping Tom - Peeping Tom
+ Asmus Tietchens - Geboren, um zu Dienen
+ Silverware
+ Anthony Rother - Super Space Model
+ Spank Rock - YoYoYoYoYo
+ Radio 4 - Enemies Like This
+ Primal Scream - Riot City Blues
+ The Presets - Beams
+ Oakenfold - A Lively Mind
+ Nitzer Ebb - Body Of Work
+ Mummer - SoulOrganismState
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest & The Sea
+ Follow The Leader
+ Killing Joke - Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell
+ Hassle Hound - Limelight Cordial
+ Gigolo Showcase No. 9
+ Garden - Round & Round
+ The Futureheads - News And Tributes
+ Fovea Hex - Huge
+ No-Neck Blues Band & Embryo - Embryonnck
+ Ekkehard Ehlers - A Life Without Fear
+ Current 93 - Black Ships Ate The Sky
+ The Whitest Boy Alive - Dreams
+ F.S. Blumm - Summer Kling
+ Aidan Baker - Oneiromancer
+ Atari Teenage Riot - 1992 - 2000
+ DJ 3000 - Migration
+ Thom Yorke - The Eraser
+ Eremite Records - drobny asumpt do większej eksploracji
+ Midlake - The Trials Of Van Occupanther
+ Grandaddy - Just Like the Fambly Cat
+ Hati - Mantra - I. Prehistory of Hati: vol. 1
+ Arol Wulf-Zendik - You've Been Gone
+ Joseph Holbrooke Trio - The Moat Recordings
+ Keiji Haino - Global Ancient Atmosphere

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+ MICHAEL VINER'S INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND - Bongo Rock
+ OWL XOUNDS EXPLODING GALAXY - The Myth of Time - An Elastic Experience
+ ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT - Dead Funny
+ IRENE SCHWEIZER - First Choice - Piano Solo KKL Luzern
+ THE NECKS - Chemist
+ TUNNG - Mother's Daughter and Other Songs / The Pioneers
+ MR. ANONYMOUS - Mr. Anonymous
+ HENRIK RYLANDER - Formation
+ MICHAEL MARCUS TRIO - Soulifications / THE COSMOSAMATICS - Magnitudes
+ DEEP BLUE ORGAN TRIO - Goin' To Town - Live at the Green Mill CD / DVD
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Re-Bop: The Savoy Remixes / THE BASEMENT BOYS PRESENT MUDBOY JONES - The Basement Boys Present Mudboy Jones
+ ERNEST DAWKINS' NEW HORIZONS ENSEMBLE - The Messenger - Live at the Original Velvet Lounge CD / DVD
+ LUC FERRARI - Son Memorise
+ UTE VOLKER - Anthrazit - Akkordeon Solo
+ MUMMER - SoulOrganismState
+ JOHN PEEL AND SHEILA - The Pig's Big 78s - A Beginner's Guide
+ DJ NAUGHTY - One DJ Naughty Night in Berlin
+ KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF - Remixed
+ ONE SECOND BRIDGE - One Second Bridge / MARSEN JULES - Les Fleurs
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Musics in the Margin
+ ANDRE GONCALVES & KENNETH KIRSCHNER - Resonant Objects
+ WHIT DICKEY - Sacred Ground / DENNIS GONZALEZ BOSTON PROJECT - No Photograph Available
+ PIMMON - Secret Sleeping Birds
+ GARDEN - Round & Round
>> CARL HANCOCK RUX - Good Bread Alley
+ NOW ORCHESTRA & MARILYN CRISPELL - Pola
+ EVAN PARKER TRIO & PETER BROTZMANN TRIO - The Bishop's Move
+ LIBERTY ELLMAN - Ophiuchus Butterfly
+ CARNIVAL SKIN - Carnival Skin
+ ROVA - Totally Spinning

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ New direction of techno - interview with Franki Juncaj aka DJ 3000
+ Bez premedytacji - rozmowa z Andrzejem 'Kobrą' Kraińskim [Kobranocka]
+ Nowy wymiar - rozmowa z Natalią Grosiak i Dawidem Korbaczyńskim [Mikromusic]
+ Szczerość uczuć - rozmowa z Robertem Kałużą [Lotyń]