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Wyatt's 3 act Comicopera merges rock, jazz and experimentation with pathos and humor taking us from chaos to redemption, aided by the likes of Eno, Phil Manzanera, Karen Mantler, &c.

Wyatt, Robert

Wyatt, Robert: Comicopera (Domino)
Label: Domino    
Released in: USA    

"More immediately accessible and warm than Cuckooland, more ambitious than Shleep, Comicopera, in three acts, is the end result of Robert Wyatt looking around and examining the craziness and wild unpredictability in real life in 2007. Knowing one man's opinion of things hardly matters, he brings together musicians from Israel, Spain, England, Norway, Cuba, Brazil, and Colombia in songs that originate with him, but also from these places and Italy. It's full of humor, horror, absurdity, shoulder-shrugging "what?"-styled confusion, exasperation, and even nostalgia, though his particular brand of that is with the eyes wide open. The sound of the record is what immediately separates it from its predecessors: it feels more like a recording made in a studio with a live band than one assembled in pieces. And indeed, in many cases, that's what happened. Old friends like Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Annie Whitehead are present, some not so old ones like Paul Weller and Karen Mantler, and other collaborators he has more recently encountered in Anja Garbarek, Orphy Robinson, Yaron Stavi, Mônica Vasconcelos, Gilad Atzmon, Chucho Merchán, Maurizio Camardi, and Alfonso Santimone, just to name a few, with songwriting contributions from his companion Alfie Benge, Garbarek, and Eno, among others. The first five tracks, under the heading "Lost in Noise," are centered on personal observations of love and loss, and at 62, Wyatt has seen his share of friends pass on and ends with a bomb going off."-Thom Jurek, All Music

"Orphy Robinson (born 13 October 1960) is a British vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist,of Jamaican descent who also plays the saxophone, trumpet, drums, piano, marimba and steel pans. He has written music for television, film, theatre, opera and contemporary classical music. Robinson is from London, UK, and works across a variety of eclectic musical forms (jazz, free jazz, free improvisation, jazz fusion, and funk music)."

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Product Information:

UPC: 801390015724

Label: Domino
Catalog ID: DMO1572
Squidco Product Code: 8871

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack

Robert Wyatt-Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Trumpet, Cornet, Keyboards, Pocket Trumpet, Vocals, Producer, Metronome

Gilad Atzmon-Clarinet, Saxophone

Del Bartle-Guitar

Gianni Bertoncini-Drums

Maurizio Camardi-Saxophone

Brian Eno-Keyboards, Vocals, Effects

Alessandro Fedrigo-Bass

Jamie Johnson-Bass

Karen Mantler-Vocals

Phil Manzanera-Guitar

Chucho Merchán-Bass Violin

Orphy Robinson-Steel Pan, Vibraphone

Alfonso Santimone-Piano, Keyboards

Dave Sinclair-Piano

Yaron Stavi-Bass Violin

Seaming To-Clarinet, Vocals

Mônica Vasconcelos-Vocals

Paolo Vidaich-Percussion

Paul John Weller-Guitar

Annie Whitehead-Trombone, Baritone Horn

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Track Listing:

1. Stay Tuned Garbar 3:48

2. Just as You Are 4:22

3. You You 4:22

4. A.W.O.L. 2:58

5. Anachronist Wyatt 3:36

6. A Beautiful Peace 2:28

7. Be Serious Wyatt 2:56

8. On the Town Square 5:26

9. Mob Rule Wyatt 2:15

10. A Beautiful War 2:39

11. Out of the Blue 3:45

12. Del Mondo 3:30

13. Cancion de Julieta 7:33

14. Pastafari 4:37

15. Fragment 1:39

16. Hasta Siempre Comandante 4:38