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Loneliness Road isn't some kind of absurd joke

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Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte with Iggy Pop, Loneliness Road
  • Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte with Iggy Pop, Loneliness Road
Popular music has seen some unlikely pairings: Bowie and Bing Crosby, Lou Reed and Metallica. But beyond the marquee value of the artists involved, such collaborations don’t always work. On the face of it, a project involving avant-garde keyboardist Jamie Saft and the prototypical punk icon Iggy Pop seems like some kind of absurd in-joke. And despite prominent billing, Iggy is present only on three of Loneliness Road’s 11 tracks. The trio of Saft, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bobby Previte turns in some unexpectedly accessible (and not at all avant-garde) jazz. And when Pop joins them on “Don’t Lose Yourself,” “Everyday” and the title track, he delivers a gravelly, wavering vocal that is more Leonard Cohen than Stooges. Because it may mystify jazz fans and Iggy acolytes in equal measure, an open mind is necessary when listening to Loneliness Road.
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