MAD JUANA
Acoustic Voodoo

[Azra, www.azrarecords.com]

If Concrete Blonde were more blues oriented or did mariachi music and had a sex goddess as their lead vocalist, they may sound something like Mad Juana. Former glam rock [Hanoi Rocks] bassist Sami Yaffa [he actually plays acoustic guitar in this formation] joins powers with accordion player Marni Rice, tenor saxophonist Danny Ray, trumpeter Jimmy Vespa and percussionist Paul Garisto. Let's not forget the star at the centre of attention, vocalist Karmen Guy, who also takes turns playing melodica and percussion. First off, the sound the sextet makes is spectacular. Without a doubt, their low-key acoustic approach is both raunchy as well as quite risquĂŠ. Provocative phrasings and sultry lyrics escape from Guy's mouth. More often than not, her phrases are stretched out in that sex-me-over devilish sort of manner. Save for a few pieces where he wails, saxophonist Danny Ray is underused and when he's used, his work tends to get rather conformist. Yaffa's guitar work is all over the place. This is blues stuff, mean and rotten to the core. The trumpet and accordion add for some nice colouring, but it's the percussion that is absolutely thrilling. The congas played by Paul Garisto are multi-layered as is the percussive shtick. The band's version of "Venus in Furs" is unlike anything you may remember from Velvet Underground. Its acoustic bareness and wailing tenor sax just scream with intensity. Guy being the centre of attention gets star billing. Those stretched-out phrases are intoned just right. Emotion is inserted in all the right places. The place just rocks solid. "Acoustic Voodoo" is one of the more pleasant surprises so far this year.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Anthony Braxton - Sextet (Victoriaville) 2005 / Roscoe Mitchell - Compositions/Improvisations Nos. 1,2 & 3
+ Älgarnas Trädgard - Framtiden ar ett svavande skepp, forankrat i forntiden
+ Henry Kaiser/Charles K. Noyes/Sang Won Park - Invite the Spirit 2006
+ My Cat Is An Alien - Il Suono Venuto Dallo Spazio
+ V.A. - Jukebox Buddha
+ Casio Casino Vs. Neville Attree - AAcid Code 8
+ Matthew Dear - Asa Breed
+ Vladislav Delay - Whistblower
+ Brian Ellis - Free Way
+ Thomas Fehlmann - Honigpumpe
+ Filewile - Nassau Massage
+ Andreas Heiszenberger - Ah
+ Kiko - Tragolta
+ Lawrence - Lowlights From The Past And Future
+ Hakan Lidbo & Alex Van Heerden - Simple
+ Montag - Going Places
+ People Press Play - People Press Play
+ Phonique - Good Idea
+ Porn Sword Tobacco - New Exclusive Olympic Heights
+ Rancho Relaxo Allstars - The Answer Is Yes
+ Rother Vs. Beliayeva - Roses Remix/Don't Worry Remix
+ September Collective - All The Birds Were Anarchist
+ Throbbing Gristle - Endless Not
+ Tied & Tickled Trio - Aelita
+ Death Vessel - Stay Close
+ Apparat - Walls

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+ COR FUHLER - Stengam
>> MAD JUANA - Acoustic Voodoo
+ MARISSA NADLER - Songs III: Bird on the Water
+ AXEL DÖRNER/LUCIO CAPECE - Axel Dorner / Lucio Capece
+ SPOOKY - Open
+ DAVID S. WARE QUARTET - Renunciation
+ JUNE TABOR - Apples
+ PETER SCHARLI SPECIAL SEXTET - Hot Peace
+ BUFFALO AGE - Buffalo Age
+ JACKSON HARRISON TRIO - Land Tides
+ SYLVIE COURVOISIER - Lonelyville
+ RAN SLAVIN - The Wayward Regional Transmissions
+ ANTHONY BRAXTON & FRED FRITH - Duo (Victoriaville) 2005 / WOLF EYES & ANTHONY BRAXTON - Black Vomit
+ CHILDREN OF THE STONES - The Bright Day is Gone / JOHN BUTCHER / CHRISTOF KURZMANN - The Big Misunderstanding Between Hertz and MegaHertz / FELIX WERDER - The Tempest / Electronic Music / ARTANKER CONVOY - Cozy Endings CD/DVD / ROB BROWN TRIO - Sounds / THE CHROME CRANKS - Diabolical Boogie (Singles, Demos & Rarities: 1992 B.C. - 1998 A.D.) / MATHON - Muntsulej / FERGUS KELLY - Material Evidence / TAO G. VRHOVEC SAMBOLEC / TOMAZ GROM - Tilt / WALKING BICYCLES - Walking Bicycles / UNITED BIBLE STUDIES - The Shore that Fears the Sea
+ PRIVACY - Without Mercy
+ PURE SOUND - Submarine
+ YABBY YOU - Deliver Me From My Enemies
+ TEXT OF LIGHT - Rotterdam.1
+ ENT - Fuck Work / URKUMA - Rebuilding Pantaleone's Tree / (ETRE) - A Post-Fordist Parade in the Strike of Events
+ GUTEVOLK - Tiny People Singing Over The Rainbow
+ ENRICO RAVA QUINTET - The Words and the Days / JOHN ABERCROMBIE - The Third Quartet / PAUL MOTIAN - Time and Time Again / FRANCOIS COUTURIER - Nostalghia - Song for Tarkovsky
+ MICHAEL FAHRES - The Tubes
+ ZMF TRIO - Circle the Path
+ GIANLUCA BECUZZI & FABIO ORSI - The Stones Know Everything
+ OV - Noctilucent Valleys
+ JIM DENLEY & SCOTT SINCLAIR - Gleanings
+ ADAM LANE / KEN VANDERMARK / MAGNUS BROO / PAAL NILSEEN-LOVE - 4 Corners / (((POWERHOUSE SOUND))) - Oslo / Chicago: Breaks
+ ANTONY MILTON - The End of This Short Road
+ DAVID LIEBMAN / RICHIE BEIRACH / RON McCLURE / BILLY HART - Redemption - Quest Live in Europe
+ KLIMA - Klima
+ ERSAHIN / TRUFFAZ / MADSEN / RUECHERT / PENMAN - Our Theory / WAX POETIC - Copenhagen
+ WILLIAM PARKER & HAMID DRAKE - First Communion & Piercing the Veil - Summer Snow
+ TILOMO - Soft Lunch / SECRET VOICES - No Time For Silence

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Techno dekathlon master - rozmowa z Hakan Lidbo