Optometry - DJ Spooky
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  • Summary: This latest installment in Thirsty Ear's Blue Series of progressive/experimental jazz recordings is the work of turntablist DJ Spooky (Tha' Subliminal Kid), whose own mixing, bass, and kalimba are joined by jazz notables such as Matthew Shipp, Guillermo Barreto Brown, William Parker, and Medeski, Martin & Wood's Billy Martin. Expand
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  1. Morphs subtly between hip-hop abstraction and unalloyed free-improv exploration. [Listen 2 This supplement, Aug 2002, p.23]
  2. Optometry will go down as the album that DJ Spooky nailed. [#36, p.52]
  3. A cohesive, 100-percent successful record. [Oct 2002, p.95]
  4. Optometry is a success in terms of both sound and vision. [#221, p.53]
  5. After the initial bustle of a few extremely strong tracks, Optometry wanders blindly for far too long.
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    Not for the masses, but a treat for those turned on by the erratic tendencies of free jazz. [Sep 2002, p.75]
  7. Optometry's highlights throw expectation to the wind. They're more than jazz, more than hip-hop, more than whatever the hell "illbient" actually is.

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