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Page 8 -The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 13, 1987

Java and Jazz to expose

Detroit

talent

By Brian Bonet
and Marc S. Taras
Even in a University town, it is
not often that one has the
opportunity to find real American
culture and entertainment at the same
time. It is even more rare when the
experience is comrpletely free. Well,
leave it to Eclipse Jazz to bring forth
the rare and the delightful. Once a
month on Sundays, beginning this
Sunday at 5 p.m., Eclipse will be
sponsoring Java and Jazz. Real
American culture in a coffeehouse
setting.
It all takes place in the Tap
Room on the ground floor of the
Michigan Union, next to the Mug
restaurant area. The artists in
attendance will generally be invited
to Ann Arbor from the pool of world
class players residing in the Detroit
area. Sunday's performers will be the
Darryl Duncan Quartet, including
Darryl Duncan on trumpet, James
Carter on saxophone, Rodney
Whittaker on bass, and Lawerence
Williams on drums.
"We are people of the new breed;
of the new forefront that is jazz in
Detroit," says headman Duncan. "We

are the young, current musicians in
Detroit that are known other places
outside of the area."
Duncan has played with such jazz
notables as Dizzy Gillespie, guitarist
George Benson, Woody Shaw, scat
singer Betty "Bebop" Carter, and Joe
Williams. In addition, "Quartet"
saxophonist Carter has toured with
Wynton Marsalis and was offered the
opportunity to tour with Betty
Carter.
Hence, we all have a special op-
portunity to see some great players
throw down some great jazz right in
our back yard. To say that there are
dozens, even hundreds of Detroiters
who deserve wider exposure is to
belabor the obvious. This oppor-
tunity to "expose" the current
Detroit sound is the main reason
why Duncan decided to take the
engagement
"I want to see the music exposed
to the public," says Duncan. "Not
just jazz, any kind of art music -
music that makes you think."
Duncan describes the Detroit jazz
scene as "striving off of its past
laurels instead of supporting its
musicians of today."
"New York is the mecca for a

young person in a field that thrives
on creative energies," Duncan says.
"At one time Detroit musicians
made up the bulk of the New York
jazz scene with people like Tommy
Flanagan, Roy Brooks, Paul
Chambers...
"I want to see Detroit
acknowledge what it has now. The
key to it is the people's awareness."
Whenever possible, workshops
will be scheduled prior to the
performance for a more intimate
learning atmosphere. The Darryl
Duncan Workshop is scheduled for
4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Upcoming concerts in the Java
and Jazz series will tentatively
include the Doc Holladay Trio,
Hubie Crawford, and Ken Kellett.
What more could we want to unwind
before another week of work and
school. Real American culture,
entertainment, good music, the right
company - it all adds up to big
fun. And it's free!
THE DARYL DUNCAN
QUARTET will perform two sets of
live jazz between S p.m. and 7 p.m.
in the Tap Room located on the
Michigan Union ground floor. A
workshop will preceed the concert at
4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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The Darryl Duncan Quartet features some of Detroit's premiere jazz artists. They will be kicking off
Eclipse's Java and Jazz this Sunday in the Michigan Union's Tap Room.

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Suicidal Tendencies
Join the Army
Caroline Records
A 1983 poll by the fanzine
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best new band, and best album of
1983 categories. The poll of "a
couple hundred" Flipside's readers
also found the Sex Pistols were
winners of "best all-time record" for

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Never Mind the Bullocks. Suicidal
Tendencies earned mention along-
side Black Flag and Minor Threat.
37% said they skateboard; 43% said
they were in a band; 66% lived at
home, and 40% said they were
anarchists.
Suicidal Tendencies was the
favorite active band of this very
select niche. It is disappointing,
therefore, that Join the Army is a
good album - as far as heavy-
metal goes.
That is not to say that Join the
Army is not fast-paced at points or
that the lyrics are the typically
idiotic and sexist lyrics of heavy-
metal. Rather, at the boundary of
thrash and heavy-metal, the songs
on this album consistently fall on

the heavy-metal side in their
repetitive nature, and mostly met-
aloid voices and guitar-playing.
Suicidal Tendencies' lyrics range
from tame and meaningless ("Love
me, hold me tonight") to mostly
nihilistic ("He's back the Suicidal
Maniac," "War inside my head,"
"cyco, cyco, cyco, cyco," and
"Suicidal Rock, Join the Army!").
The title track's lyrics call on the
audience to take up their brand of
"Hardcore, Metal, the New Wave."
Heavy-metal fans might enjoy
Join the Army. It is a disciplined,
hard-hitting album that is some-
thing of a venture outside
mainstream heavy-metal.
-henry Park

Zoetrope
Life of Crime
Combat Core
Other than the fact that the front
cover is cool, not much can be said
for Zoetrope's new album. It's
really too weak to be considered
anything but wimp noise, and
that's the last thing that should be
expected from a metal band.
The cover claims the band to be
"Hardcore Street Metal," b'ut once
the vinyl is spinning, there's the
sad realization that this is neither
hardcore nor metal. The guitars are
fast, but far too weak to put them
into the catagory of a "hard rock"
band. Even the drums don't keep up
with the classification the boys
have given themselves. It's more
like wimp metal than anything
else.
Unfortunately, the lyrics and

vocals are what's lacking lack more
than anything else on the LP. I
don't usually expect heavy metal to
have intelligent lyrics (except for
Motorhead), but these are horrible.
For example, "Seeking Asylum,"
probably the album's best song,
contains lyrics such as "Bodyguards
become your scene/Limousines and
fashion queens," and "Seeking
asylum - from the DEA."
Zoetrope's vocalist certainly
doesn't help these poor lyrics. He
has an.extremely predictable style,
and his voice just makes matters
worst. It's about three octaves
higher than any other human's on
the planet and he becomes outright
annoying after the first ten minutes
of music. It makes one wonder if
Zoetrope didn't just write some of
these songs so they could fill a
whole LP.
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