Monday, December 9, 2013
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: HOWIE GELB - THE COINCIDENTALIST
As usual, guests help out, including Bonnie "Prince" Billy in a duet on the first cut, Vortexas, and the delightfully out of place KT Tunstall on another, throwing things further off-center. M. Ward is along on guitar, Andrew Bird on violin, and an actual jazz bassist in frequent colleague Thoger Tetens Lund, who gets to pluck away on stand-up on the jazzier cuts. When I say jazz, it's more like demented lounge playing, sounding like guys who have been playing the same hotel bar for the same 20 drunks for way too long.
As for the concept, it's something about grabbing onto coincidence when it happens, and allowing it to lead the way. This phenomena seems to happen to those living in Vortexas, which is more a state of mind than the 51st member of the union. Really though, don't worry about it, the idea is to enjoy the language, not the meaning, the same way the Coincidentalist goes along with coincidence but doesn't search for the meaning of them. Or, you can just wonder, who the heck is this guy? For my money, he's the top desert-based jazz-folk-country-lounge poet working today.