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Jack Spann

Jesus of New Orleans

Review by Gary Hill

This new CD single includes two versions of the same song. The tune has an intriguing sound that leans toward proggy art rock in some ways. Yet, I don't think I'd put it under prog. This is a solid tune, in both versions. I like how the two pieces seem to appeal to different audiences, with the full version probably of more interest to fans of prog and experimental music. 

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Track by Track Review
Jesus of New Orleans (Full Version)
The sounds of a scratched records give way to some weird jazzy textures. The cut grows out from there into a funky kind of jam that is modern, bouncy and fun. This number is about nine-and-a-half-minutes long, and the center of the tune is made up of a weird extended jam with some almost yodeled vocals at times. It eventually makes its way back to the song proper. There is a full jazz treatment at the end of the piece.
Jesus of New Orleans (Radio Edit)

As you might guess, this is a shorter version of the cut. It's less than half the length of the full version. The tune is cut down to just the standard song parts, more or less stripped to the basics. It's energetic and fun.

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