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Klarc Qent
"Junk Jazz"

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July 17 - 23, 2016

Year of Release: 2003
Rating:
  • Junk Jazz
  • Eddie Lang Saxophone
  • Relapse
  • Johnny Cagged: Marches Waltzes And Pauses
  • Space Organ Transplant (Pt. 1)
  • Improv For Duo
  • The Cliff And The Fall
  • Bride Of Relapse
  • Space Organ Transplant (Pt. 2)
  • The Blue-Gray Ghost
  • THe Quite Goodbye

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    For the third week in a row, we visit the artists from our WSVNRadio Hall of Fame. This week's artist is from the Avant Garde section of music. Avant Garde is experimental, it's weird. Yet, this is experimental "music" that stands out as different and unique. And Klarc Qent is gifted in this aspect of Avant Garde. Junk Jazz will not appeal for a lot of music fans, but taken this in stride, it is a very different and experimental album.

    Klarc Qent appeared on our Hall of Fame, Volume 11 compilation. His track was "No Nonsense, No. 1," from a Various Artists album, entitled FDISK, released by AciSsoxx Musicks. Like Qent, AcidSoxx achieved the not-so-common artists and sounds you were normally used to. Again, this is another chapter in music from WSVN, as I have always enjoyed all kinds of music, giving our slogan "Everything in Music," and how it relates to all styles, including Avant Garde. "No Nonsense, No. 1" is not one of the tracks on Junk Jazz, but if you've heard this track, there are many tracks from Junk Jazz that can easily relate.

    The title track leads off this experimental adventure, as it sounds like you're changing channels on the radio. The sounds you hear are Jazz sounds, and off-Jazz sounds. "Eddie Lang Saxophone" continues the experimental Avant Garde, using the acoustic guitar, as it's main source. "Relapse" is another strange experimental jazz track. It reminds me of PDQ Bach, yet more stranger.

    Then there's the comparisons to "No Nonsense, Pt. 1" on the following: "Johnny Cagged: Marches, Waltzes, And Pauses," "Space Organ Transplant (Pt. 1)", "Improv For Duo." True Avant Garde, and on most of the tracks here (especially on "Improv," there is a resemblance and strangneness of the early Frank Zappa.

    Now to look at where the style of Jazz comes in: There are some Jazz music accompaniments as background music. This is heard, using the light jazz on "The Cliff And The Fall." A more upbeat Jazz background is on "Bride Of Relapse." Yet on both of these tracks, the sound collages of noises and sounds are heard, only from the creativity from that of Klarc Qent. "Space Organ Transplant (Pt. 2)" continues on, in the same "atmosphere" as Pt. 1.

    Closing out the album are the last two tracks, as they experiment in strange, spacey sound effects. "The Blue-Gray Ghost" actually sounds like a song from a strange, horror film soundtrack. Strange and eerie noises. Strange eerie space sound effects. This track is a near 8-minute collage. Ending out the album, and also included are its space sound effects is "The Quite Goodbye."

    As for Jazz music, there is the common light-scat of Jazz drums. A touch of Zappa. All in all, a pyschedelic nightmare. This album is true Avant Garde. Truly Experimental. The uniqueness of Qent's "No Nonsense, No. 1" makes you wanting to hear more. Junk Jazz does just that.

    I've refernced a very good review of this album from www.indieville.com. Written by Matt Shimmer, in 2004, here is his review, at http://www.indieville.com/reviews/klarcqent3.htm :

    Few know of the living legend that is Klarc Qent. Few know of his incredibly detailed, amazingly diverse sound collages. Few know of his undying musical spirit, which breeds composition after composition of pure audio bliss. Way back when, I reviewed his debut album, "Erroneous Data (plus)," which was a delicious foray into People Like Us / Negativland plunderphonics. But Junk Jazz is a much different album, taking a more serious approach to musique concrete, featuring abstract cut-ups filled with old jazz and avant-garde samples. The likes of Coltrane, Cage, and - of course - Stockhausen can all be heard in the mix.


    Though Junk Jazz is extremely experimental, there are many pieces here that should be accessible to those unfamiliar with the experimental audio collage genre. "The Cliff And The Fall," for example, lays some neat squiggly abstractness over a smooth piano background - the results are far from melodic, but still quite engaging. "Improv For Duo" is pure messy guitar squall, chopped up and impaled on a frisky layer of percussion.


    Junk Jazz is recommended for the adventurous listener. Klarc Qent is truly proving himself to be one of the best sound collagists on the scene, and you'd be silly to miss out on this disc, which can be yours from Klarc for five mesaly dollars, postage paid. (Email: klarcqnet@37.com)


    I'm not sure if his email listed above is still legit, but then again, this was written in the year 2004. Junk Jazz was released in 2003.

    Klarc Qent is Patrick Thibodeaux, from Cincinatti, Ohio. He also appeared in another project for the WSVNRadio Hall of Fame, The Blunder Children. In searching for his latest endeavors, I found this site link: here. This site features his Blunderphonics project.

    Taken from this site, from Patrick Thibodeaux:

    Blunderphonics is both a tribute and play on John Oswald's Plunderphonics from the 80s and 90s. The "Blunder" part comes from a band I was in years ago, The Blunder Children (taken from the movie Tape Heads). When we broke up, I began using the handle Blunder.


    Like many of you, I use a wide variety of music in my mixes: rap, indie rock, punk, metal, jazz, avant-garde, drones, electronica, and so forth.


    Influences: John Oswald, Negativland, Steinski, Christian Marclay, Mr. Dibbs, Serge Gainsbourg, Tom Waits, Beck, John Zorn, Bob & Ray, Firesign Theatre; this list can go on and on.


    I sample with fondness and respect for the original artists.


    "Fondness and Respect" is also shown on the back cover of Junk Jazz. The sound collages and tape loops are most likely from his list of influences. As the review by Matt Shimmer states: "Junk Jazz is recommended for the adventurous listener." Yes, it's quite different. It may or may not attract the common music listener. But take it is stride, give Klarc Qent credit for his creativity. I give the album 3 stars for this creativity. Two and a half stars overall, giving it it's uniqueness, and blending in with the music, in general. Fitting Avant-Garde and "demented" formats, Klarc Qent's Junk Jazz has the components of Jazz, with sound effects. The word "collage" is best described. It is a series of sound collages that gives it a unique and different atmosphere. And categorizing Klarc Qent as a "collagist." A whole new terminology for this particular word. The strangeness of a Frank Zappa, a sophisticated style, as heard in the many PDQ Bach projects. Whether you really will like Junk Jazz or not, Klarc Qent gives a whole new meaning to the phrase - "And now, for something, completely different."



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