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    Bristle maps, puzzles, word games, slide rules, children’s scribbles, toys in the attic. If you took the jazz tradition of theme and fearless variation and put it through a funhouse prism, you’d get the sense and sensibility of the Northern California band Bristle.

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Notlob 05:01
Boxcar Bob 07:29
Drizzle 08:06
Settlin Inin 04:31
Attica 11:25
Revolution 05:13


Bristle crams modern jazz, chamber music and garage rock into the same clown car and hits the road running. Bulletproof’s tracks range from the lead-off Notlob, inspired by John Zorn’s cut-up method and titled after Monty Python’s Dead Parrot sketch, to the Art Ensemble-ish atmospherics of Attica. While the band offers fresh innovation with the graphic score Budmo Jiggler, they also interpret 1960’s legend and Ornette Coleman contemporary Lemuel Crook’s freebop classic Revolution. McKean’s riff-based, quasi-talk show theme Settlin’inin’ contrasts with Wright’s contrapuntal, compartmental vehicle Boxcar Bob. Drizzle mixes light showers with heavy solos from clarinetist Wright and company. Bristle christened their debut CD Bulletproof in joking tribute to themselves for surviving the intricate complexities of McKean and Wright’s compositions. Feeling it was also an apt description for Campbell’s seemingly indestructible young niece, whose fearless jamming on the toy accordion with the band during a practice session inspired the tune Wheezy Breezy, the group chose her as the album’s cover girl. Bristle hopes its listeners feel similarly invincible after experiencing Bulletproof.


released January 24, 2012

Randy McKean - reeds
Cory Wright - tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet,
bass clarinet
Murray Campbell – violin, oboes
Lisa Mezzacappa – double bass


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Edgetone Records San Francisco, California

Edgetone Records is place for new music crossing the genre boundaries. Founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus, the label took shape in 1991. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity. ... more

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