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Album Review

The second album from the "Jack and Jim Show" (i.e. Eugene Chadbourne and Jimmy Carl Black) is a tribute to Captain Beefheart. Pachuco Cadaver was released in 1995 on Fire Ant and reissued five years later on Chadbourne's home label, House of Chadula (with an interesting booklet made of drawings and anecdotes). Most of this material was recorded live, most of it was left untampered. What it actually means is that the good Doctor couldn't refrain himself from altering a few things here and there, like adding a speed-up/bust-down effect in "Clear Spot." The 11-minute "Veteran's Day Poppy" begins on stage but quickly moves somewhere else as other recordings are added (like an uncredited saxophone part). The duo is joined by Leslie Ross (bassoon), Ashwin Batish (sitar), Chris Turner (harmonica), and Brian Ritchie (didjeridoo) on "I'm Goona Booglarize You Baby" (they also appeared in the Beefheart medley found on Locked in a Dutch Coffeeshop). Rik Rue (tapes), Pablo De Rosa (flute), Ricardo Shields (guitar), and daughter Molly Chadbourne are featured in the title track. But the best songs remain the duet-only, untouched songs early in the set, especially those sung by Black, a convincing interpreter of Don Van Vliet's lyrics. "Sure 'Nuff an' Yes I Do" and "Willie the Pimp" (a Frank Zappa song immortalized by Beefheart) are great zany performances. Well produced (on a Chadbourne scale), focused, and engaging, Pachuco Cadaver should surprise any fan of the Captain. ~ François Couture, Rovi


Born: 04 January 1954 in Mount Vernon, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A seemingly endless -- and endlessly eclectic -- series of releases made the innovative guitarist Eugene Chadbourne one of the underground community's most well-known and well-regarded eccentrics. Born January 4, 1954 in Mount Vernon, NY, Chadbourne was raised in Boulder, CO, by his mother, a refugee of the Nazi death camps. At the age of 11, the Beatles inspired him to learn guitar; later exposure to Jimi Hendrix prompted him to begin experimenting with distortion pedals and fuzzboxes. Ultimately,...
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