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by Puttanesca

Sparse Avant Pop, Funk, Jazz
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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1. Shift
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2. Fruit Filled Pancake
4:17 $0.99
3. Shiny Red Box
3:55 $0.99
4. Firecracker Girl
3:04 $0.99
5. Action Hero
3:32 $0.99
6. White Nylon
4:00 $0.99
7. Red Haired Woman
5:24 $0.99
8. Here I Come
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9. Spider
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10. Watch Out
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11. Lick My Decals Off, Baby
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Album Notes
Named after one of the most intense types of Italian pasta sauces--- ingredients include anchovies and squid ink --- PUTTANESCA straddles several genres – punk, jazz, blues, funk, heavy metal and cabaret – in it’s self-titled release. A collaboration between guitarist Joe Baiza (founder of the seminal SST outfit Saccharine Trust and the infamous punk/jazz quartet Universal Congress Of); cabaret singer Weba Garretson of the Weill/Brecht cover band The Eastside Sinfonietta; drummer Wayne Griffin of Joe Baiza’s Congress Of and bass player Ralph Gorodetsky who is a veteran of both UCO and the Sinfonietta, Puttanesca’s debut CD includes 10 original tunes and one cover – Captain Beefeart’s “Lick My Decals Off, Baby.”

..."Puttanesca may not boast the same kamikaze thrills as The Master’s Voice, but what it lacks in off-the-cuff excitement it more than makes up for in tunefulness, with cool melodies that drift up and out of the speakers like cigarette smoke in a noir nightclub. As a frontwoman, Weba Garretson is a powerhouse, her intoxicatingly smooth vocals lending a touch of class to Baiza’s angular fretwork. Her apparently structuring influence as a songwriter, too, suits the guitarist well; if his more tedious improvisations with the Instructors occasionally serve as reminders of just why the electric guitar is a less expressive instrument for free jazz than, say, the tenor saxophone, here he’s at the top of his game, laying down grooves with an easy funkiness on “Shiny Red Box” and channeling his best Antennae Jimmy Semens on “Fruit Filled Pancake.”
But Puttanesca works best as a collaborative effort, and the best songs on this record are the ones where the whole is greater than the sum of its musical parts. Like “White Nylon,” where Godoretsky plucks out an almost subliminally funky bassline under Garretson’s and Baiza’s mutual racket. Or “Red Haired Woman,” the album’s majestic chill-out number, in which the band wisely resists the urge to go all out and lets Garretson’s voice stretch languorously over a bed of mellow guitar chords, brushed percussion, and even a closing flute solo to boot. Best of all, though (and not just because it allows me to make my third Beefheart reference in this single article), is the closing cover of “Lick My Decals Off, Baby,” which faithfully co-opts the Magic Band’s galloping arrangement while Garretson injects the lyrics with a sexuality Don Van Vliet could never muster."

"The opening track, "Shift," starts with 90 seconds of nothing
but a smooth groove between the inviting vocals and the drums.
But don't be fooled. this is not "smooth jazz." When "Shift" kicks into
gear, the effect is stunning, and leads us into an extraordinary record that
is the first contender I've heard so far for Best Albums of 2007."

"Garretson is an intriguing yet charismatic singer and performer, superbly complemented by the dizzying accompaniment of guitarist Joe Baiza (founder of the seminal SST band Saccharine Trust and the infamous punk/jazz quartet Universal Congress Of), drummer Wayne Griffin of Congress Of and bass
player Ralph Gorodetsky, a veteran of both UCO and the Sinfonietta... At the best of times, like a meeting of the minds of Marlene Dietrich and Ornette Coleman, Puttanesca is sometimes demanding, sometimes thrilling, and always intriguing."

"Puttanesca’s self-titled debut is not for the faint of heart, though for about 60 seconds, one isn’t likely to notice the dangerous edge that lurks within the
band’s music. As bass player Ralph Gorodetsky and drummer Wayne
Griffin lock onto a skipping, beatnik groove, front gal Weba Garretson
seductively delivers Shift’s sexually charged lyrics with a conversational
coo. In hindsight, the darkness is present right from the start, hiding within
the tension that resonates through every rhythmic pattern. It doesn’t
become apparent, however, until the sharp, stabbing shards of Joe Baiza’s
electric guitar poke through the calm with such lightning speed and deadly
force that they shove the ambience of the endeavor into an entirely different

"Uncompromising and courageously stripped down; angular, trippy and raw. The beat of the drum, the bass and guitar is sheer and insistently clear. The vocals arc, arch and bend your will. Like a meeting between Dot Allison and the Gang of Four in a particularly troublesome part of town, the record is a bed of perfectly contemporary needles. It never lets me rest."



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I love this album. The rendition of Captain Beefhearts " Lick my decals off baby" is amazing. Any fan of Beefheart should check this album out. "Firecracker Girl" is my new favorite!
This band is tight.