Flynt, Henry / Spindizzy
Album: Spindizzy   Collection:General
Artist:Flynt, Henry   Added:May 2003

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-06-23 Pull Date: 2003-08-25
Week Ending: Aug 10 Jul 27 Jul 20 Jul 13 Jul 6 Jun 29
Airplays: 1 2 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 20, 2006: Radio Of Imagination
White Lightning
4. Aug 07, 2003: Civil Society
Double Spindizzy
2. May 04, 2004: Umami Jazz Program
5. Jul 23, 2003: Postulate, Then Liberate
Hoedown, Hillbilly Jive
3. Aug 29, 2003: Stirling's Approximation
Double Spindizzy
6. Jul 13, 2003: Oh Messy Life
Banjo Country

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-06-04
The central conceit here is that the CD looks and sounds as if it were some Harry Smith discovery of a nameless Appalachian genius of the fiddle sawing away at his/her instrument as if life itself were hanging in the balance. Yet, the artist is an enigmatic author, visual artist, minimalist composer and performer (see What you hear here is a reproduction or adaptation of apparently country-born themes in the context of downtown NYC art, sort of a Bartok or Stravinsky approach melded with Tony Conrad. The production is rather raw, of course, to increase the illusion of authenticity. All of this is fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable.

1. Tightly coiled solo fiddle line punctuated by foot-tapping noise; Hoedown, indeed
2. Johnny B Goode on fiddle
3. Reverby and overdubbed banjo; the melody is reminiscent however of the Doobie Brothers' "Black Water"
4. Way backwoods melody though the production is pretty clean
5. A pretty guitar workout, effective use of muting effect to lend a warm, quasi-jazz feel to the song (as opposed to the raw sounds of the fiddle elsewhere)
6. More fleshed out, with bass and muted guitar alongside circling fiddle
7. Beautiful, archetypal, solo guitar rockabilly tune; swinging rhythm and cool melodic runs
8. Hurried guitar rhythm seems to overlap with but not agree with violin part; disorienting
9. Is this more hillbilly than the rest, to deserve "hillbilly" in the title? Arguably, yes, but there are also moments where a hint of formality makes you stop and take notice of what lies beneath
10. Starts out super-fast and decelerates over its 19 minute run, as the title implies, until you sit and wait with bated breath for the next bar to drop

Track Listing
1. Hoedown   6. Double Spindizzy
2. Solo Spindizzy   7. Rockabilly Boogie
3. Banjo Country   8. Jumping
4. White Lightning   9. Hillbilly Jive
5. Solo Virginia Trance   10. Jive Deceleration