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Long to Be Loose


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  • Audio CD (July 15, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Enja
  • ASIN: B000005CA3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. These Instrumental Pieces Were
2. Not Consciously Written About
3. Specific People, Places, Things Or Ideas
4. (Although One Began
5. From A Little Croaking Sound
6. A Friend's DAT Machine Makes).
7. What They Were Written About
8. Is Something I Don't Understand Yet
9. But I Know It When I See It
10. And, Hopefully, So Will You.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Brennan on September 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Wayne Krantz is a guitarist's guitarist with an approach completley his own, but what makes this such a breakout album is the complete fusion of the guitar/bass/drums. This isn't about solists soloing. It's more like chamber jazz that swings its ... off. The recording is perfect, the guys brew up an energetic stew that leaves you enthralled for the entire album. These "songs" defy any categorical description, avoid verse/chorus/hookline cliches, but at the same time the band always take you along with them on thier flights of fancy. This is not pointless free-jazz noodling. It's a joyous, funky romp that will make you unintentionally laugh for its relentless brilliance. I wish more "new jazz" could be infused with this spirit of fun...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Hildebrand on September 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Steely Dan thought highly enough of Wayne Krantz to make him their touring lead guitarist several summers ago, yet Krantz is still one of the jazz and fusion guitar world's better kept secrets. His sense of rhythm and melody are unusual in their creativity, adventurousness, and melodic punch. Much of that is evident on Long to Be Loose, though interested listeners should also check out Two Drink Minimum and Greenwich Mean for even hotter playing. Krantz often plays in a trio format, which is good news for guitar lovers, and frequently performs live at NY's 55 Club, where Two Drink was recorded. Krantz's website ([...]) is a good source of information about live performances, and about albums that are out of stock or not listed here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jazzcat on May 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Wayne's music, has such a strange taste that I understand why he's not more famous. The music does not seem hard at the first listening, but it has a taste all its own that people can't detect in my opinion. It's a music that can't be grasped easily, even if it seems you can do it. It's tricky. If you know Wayne and you hear a note, you immediatly understand he's playing. He's such unique. And pay attention, this is THE mark of a great musician! But his music, even if not particularly hard or dissonant and even if it seems accessible, it is very complex and challenging music in the end, not for the casual jazz listeners. Even his sound creates this sort of misunderstanding. He has this very familiar, simple strato clean single coils sound that usually people known through much easier music and generally speaking, absolutely do not associate with Jazz. And on the contrary Wayne uses it to create phenomenally complex Jazz music which is not easy at all. And even the rhytmns that he generally gravitates towards are not "traditional swing" (tan / ga dan / ga dan / ga dan ...), he uses more rock and fusion syncopated grooves to express his ideas, so people to me, end to be confused. They don't know what they are listening to, how to categorize it and probably a lot of them lose interest. Everything SEEMS easy in Wayne's music, but it's not. I like Wayne's music very much. It's elusive, strange and unusual, but brilliant. If you are familiar with the jazz idiom enough you can understand that he's truly an advanced player under any point of view, note choices, rhytmic displacement, harmony and everything in between. I mean, he's a player for very discerning listeners. People that knows music.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By monyouk on February 27, 2013
Format: Audio CD
With the release of this record 20 years ago, Wayne Krantz (originally from Oregon) went a long way to rechart the map and redefine the potentials of the genre. What's so enticing about this 'stream of consciousness' concept is the manner how the musical structure is being created from morsels and larger blocks of chord-melody guitar parts are bridged not only by linear improv but with the help of the equally important, extemporal sophistication of the rhythm section, courtesy of the sharp-eared bass work of Lincoln Goines (saw him live w/ Mike Stern in 1996) and Zach Danziger's kinetic drum contribution. Add to that Krantz's uniquely internalized mix of jazz, funk, rock, blues, (perhaps even folk/country) idioms that unfolds, taking unexpected harmonic and rhythmic twists and turns, in a crispy clear tone on his Fender Stratocaster.

I particularly like the recurring dynamic build-up evinced on #2 'not consciously written about' and #4 '(although one began', the catchy hooks of #6 'a friend's DAT machine makes)' retitled as 'marble maker' on Greenwich Mean/#19 (1999, self-produced). Also in the same league, we have the introspective ballad #7 'what they were written about' and the slick rock-swing #8 'is something I don't understand yet', plus the puckish penultimate one 'but I know it when I see it' and the solemn closer #10 'and, hopefully, so will you'.

On a concluding note, allow me to admit this CD helped me to regain mental peace by rebooting my emotional constitution after a prolonged depression. Total time: 61.54 min. Not to be missed!
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