John Richard Lurie, 14 December 1952, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Active in New Yorks No Wave scene in the late 70s, Lurie frequently played alto saxophone with punk jazz groups, including Pere Ubu and the Cramps. In 1978 he formed the Lounge Lizards, a band which proved to be extremely popular and durable. Interviewed after the groups first performance, Lurie used the term fake jazz to describe their music, a throwaway remark that stuck. Critics seeking to define the groups style have repeated the term and others like it, usually finding no more clarity or depth. Luries music is richly varied, its sounds ranging from coolly limpid to ferociously dramatic, sometimes within the scope of one piece. Much of the repertoire is drawn from Luries own compositions, which demonstrate his eclectic taste. Raw African roots and elegant latter-day sophistication all have their place in Luries musical concepts. He has displayed...
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