Open Wide by Dave Aju
Released: Oct 2008
Label: Circus Company
It'd be easy to dismiss the central gimmick of Dave Aju's Open Wide: plenty of artists, from Bobby McFerrin to Bjork, have made records entirely out of the sounds of the voice (and teeth, and cheeks). But Aju, who has always had a knack for waistline-intensive groovers, doesn't stop with the concept; pushing his sampler to its very limits, he sculpts his spittle into rich Detroit chords and neatly filed percussion sounds. The result is a collection of late-night slow-burners with soul to spare.
Philip Sherburne
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