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woensdag 26 augustus 2009

Ken Nordine - The Best of Word Jazz Vol 1 (1990)

1 My Baby
2 Original Sin
3 What time Is It?
4 Confessions Of 349-18-5171
5 Hunger Is From
6 The Vidiot
7 Reaching Into In
8 Adult Kindergarten
9 The Sound Museum
10 Bury-It-Yourself Time Capsules
11 Anytime, Anytime
12 A Whistler
13 Flibberty Jib
14 Faces In The Jazzamatazz
15 I Used To Think My Right Hand Was Uglier Than My Left
16 Looks Like It's Going To Rain
17 Down The Drain
18 You're Getting Better

Nordine is far better known for his voiceover work than for his albums, but those who do know the albums know the Word Jazz series best. This 1990 compilation gathers together a good selection of the earlier material, recorded between 1957 and 1960. It has a beatnik sensibility, with rhythmic poetic lines underpinned by hip cool jazz backing. It would be a fruitless pairing if it wasn't for two key things: First, Nordine's voice is amazing, polished by years of professional work behind the microphone. Secondly, Nordine's storytelling is solid, and you find yourself being pulled into his world despite the offbeat nature of the material. When you are offered a tour of his brain, as in the CD-only "Looks Like It's Going to Rain," you're glad for the chance to go. A great overview of the crucial formative years.

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