Night Sangin' (n / a)
Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Sept. 7, 2007
By now, turntables spin as standard instrumentation in jazz. NickNack knows. Scuffing Blaze's after-hours sauce, the local DJ doesn't try to match his scratch with the other four members of Austin's tightest basement combo, yet Nack's hiss and hitch age Night Sangin' like bathtub gin 'round 4am. "Neck Kitchen," with its vinyl rumble, brass and bass laying out, sets in motion an LP dialogue based more on groove and riff rather than individual soloing. Rhythmic foundations on the order of Max Roach-leaning bandleader Brannen Temple and bassist Yoggie Musgrove don't need much out front of them, although Ephraim Owens' trumpet and Philippe Vieux's sax cook up a golden note in "Kitchen." "Y2Kee," another Temple original, breezes Sonny Rollins, and "Mellowin'" holds the center. The drummer's percussive tempest amidst a squall of horns on "Games," fonky "Uncle Cheek's Grove," and closer "Aural Karate," a fatback epilogue live in Taiwan, Sang loud and proud.