Friday, January 14, 2011
Review: Abraham Inc.- Tweet Tweet
You can't force the funk.
I could happily listen to Fred Wesley play trombone all day. Unfortunately, the work of Wesley and the rest of the horn section are the only elements of Tweet Tweet I can fully endorse. On paper the 2010 album by Abraham Inc., an ambitious collective that includes Wesley and clarinetist David Krakauer, should result in "an all-out klezmer-funk dance party."
Instead, the result is the sort of musical novelty regularly featured at NPR. Here's the inevitable All Things Considered interview.
While I fully endorse the concept and intent behind Abraham Inc., it sounds like the self-conscious musicians are trying way too hard to merge klezmer, funk and hip hop. And the rapping is often embarrassing. Perhaps not coincidentally, the klezmer-based "Baleboste" is the album's best song. Abraham Inc. has dates booked in locations ranging from Iowa to France during the next twelve weeks. I suspect that many of my objections would evaporate in a live setting.
Good intentions don't always make for great music. Abraham Inc. is attempting to free my mind, but my ass won't follow.
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