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Bz Bz Ueu — Uhozmerigotz
(wallace7, 2000, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2002-04-01

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I’ll admit a slight prejudice against bands with unpronounceable (or questionably pronounceable) names, but a brief review is probably not the time to get into a discussion of the philosophy of names. As long as the music has merit, which Uhozmerigotz exhibits in abundance, I can get over it. This Italian five-piece jumps right out into noisy avant territory with “Parametro Biancofiore,” with busy bass, choppy atonal guitar, numerous tempo changes, and trumpet/sax interludes from another planet. The wild thrashing guitar of Efisio Biancofiore is the dominant sound on most of the tracks, complemented by the jazzy touch of Edi Leo’s trumpet and Jacopo Andreini’s sax. Frequent use of toy instruments and other noisemakers provides respite from the intensity of the majority of the material. The rhythm section (drummer Carlo Lupori and bassist Pino Montecalvo) has a way of executing the frequent changes as if they were just making them up on the spot, when in fact there must be a fair amount of rehearsal involved. I’m reminded a bit of some of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum’s instrumental passages, if you’re looking for a sonic referent, or King Crimson with horns and a sense of playfulness. Or Uz Jsme Doma with less singing. Or a more rocking aggressive Stinkhorn. Or you could call it another application of the principles of free jazz to rock music. Any way you look at it, it’s pretty cool, and it’s nice to hear something out of Italy that’s not symphonic.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 24, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): Bz Bz Ueu, Jacopo Andreini

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