Ken Nordine's Colors !
The voice-over man from a thousand commercials in the US, Ken Nordine registers in your subconscious instantly: Wait, I know that guy! Smooth as an ice sculpture and ringing with "the voice of a sponsor," Nordine has personified authority since the 1960s. During the 1940s, he was heard on The World's Great Novels and other radio programs broadcast from Chicago. He attracted much wider attention when he recorded the aural vignettes on albums feature Nordine's narration over cool cool cool jazz by the Chico Hamilton jazz group, recording under the alias of Fred Katz, who was then the cellist with Hamilton's quintet.
Nordine began performing and recording such albums at the peak of the beat era and was associated with the poetry-and-jazz movement. However, some of Nordine's "writings are more akin to Franz Kafka or Edgar Allan Poe" (or even Dr. Seuss-like exploration of the meanings of different colors here), than to the beats. Many of his word jazz tracks feature critiques of societal norms. Some are lightweight and humorous, while others reveal dark, paranoid undercurrents and bizarre, dream-like scenarios. Many of the pieces are parables on racism and human behavior, but they're also totally silly, and meant to be !
Anyway, all your mix tapes will be very happy that you've bought this strange record to flavor them with.
Speaking of mixes, watch out for the long-awaited bloody halloween mixes next month !!!
Ken Nordine :
* Flesh *
* Yellow *
* Crimson *
* Lavender *
* Black *