Exposé Online banner

Herbie Kritzer — Lounge Rebel
((Not on label) no#, 2006, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2007-03-01

Lounge Rebel Cover art

Bay Area musician Herbie Kritzer’s previous (and only) release was 2002’s The Tree Lizard that packed quite a little punch despite clocking in at just under a half hour. Fortunately this disk gives us more (though these nine songs still don’t crack the forty minute mark) of Kritzer’s infectious and wry take on 60s small combo jazz. If The Tree Lizard blended Eric Satie and Vince Guaraldi, this one has a Stan Getz-does-lounge vibe. The recording is again very much a DIY affair though this doesn’t hurt the songs that don’t need a big sound to make an impression. Rather, Kritzer employs a jazzy sensibility that at times evokes Stan Getz and the 60s Brazilian scene (there’s even a track called “Dream of Getz”) and at others elicits a jaunty bouncing gait (“Lovely, Sublime, Wounded”) that fits in with the cartoon-y songs from The Tree Lizard. Kritzer’s ace in the hole is a fluid melodicism that makes every piece a charming winner, best seen in the opener “Hell Is Other People,” that reveals Kritzer to be a composer, player, and arranger of considerable sophistication. Kritzer is known as a Stick player though I didn’t hear anything but programmed drums and keyboards on these tracks. That said, he gets a lot of timbral mileage out of his setup, from breathy sax, mellow synth bass, jazzy kit drums, and even monophonic synth leads. There’s something really nice about unassuming little disks like this that beg for repeated listening. Keep it up, Herbie!


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Herbie Kritzer

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Herbe Rouge - Herbe Rouge – This progressive group is of the sort that could only come from France in the 70s where a distinctive and idiosyncratic form of weirdness flourished. Like many of their progressive compatriots, Herbe...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues