signal to noise - november/december 99

Kitty Brazelton's Dadadah

Love Not Love Lust Not Lust

(Buzz/Challenge Records)

Use Annette Peacock, Kate Bush, Siouxie Sioux, Laura Nyro, Rickie Lee Jones, and Jane Siberry as points of ref-erence, but don't expect Brazelton's "musical cinema" to sound like them. Not content with the easier synth-route, Kitty's band Dadadah is rich with some of jazz's finest, including trombonist Chris Washburne, Phillip Johnston on saxes, and bassist Jeff Song. Love Not Love is a song cycle about passion, desire and finding one's way; a heady mixture of extended songs and sculpted sound textures. Lyrically, Brazelton sometimes falls to the facile ("Safe from the weather of my soul"), but this disc has an overall sound that convinces. The twenty-minute closer, "From, Her Story," begins with harpist Elizabeth Panzer's plinks against a bed of silence. Brazelton starts to hum, and Lydia van Dreels' French horn creates a beautiful impressionist trio. Tremendous harp swirls envelop you and the horns and bass join in. Brazelton hits some pierc-ing notes, and suddenly, silence: "Is this the way to your house?" she sings, and you follow the narrator's mood- and time-changing journey with wonder. Echoes of both prog-rock and even the group Renaissance appear in the closing piece. Dadadah's earlier disc on Accurate/Distortion, Rise Up!, with many of the same musicians, plus Tom Varner and Jim Pugliese, is a must-have. Another facet of Brazelton can be heard on Panzer's new OO Disc of new harp pieces.

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"Love Not Love Lust Not Lust"

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