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Hell's Kitchen Park

by Loren Connors

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Kaitlyn-Chloe Brugger Loren MazzaCane Connors is one of the most innovative and reflexive guitar players in contemporary music, and his knack for ambient or otherwise spiritual improvisations is supremely hypnotic. Favorite track: Hell's Kitchen Park.
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Originally released 1993 on Black Label, Black 1 CD, as Loren MazzaCane. Reissued digitally by Family Vineyard in 2007. Features Suzanne Langille -- vocals, lyrics -- on "Child" and "Brigid’s Song."

Not only the first of the Black Label titles but the hands down classic of Connors' Venusian / street story / tear suspended electric blues. Based on the New York City Irish-American slum known as Hell’s Kitchen of the late 19th and early 20th century, Connors summons the freight trains, the death, the violence, and the poverty into an alluring and stark six-string portrait. Essential!

Liner notes: "The NYC Irish-American slum known as Hell’s Kitchen was in the late 19th and early 20th century, the most desperate slum in U.S. history. The level of neglect, poverty, disease, violence and pollution that existed there still remains unequalled. Eleventh Avenue, with its freight train traffic, once was known as Death Avenue."

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released July 1, 1993

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Loren Connors Brooklyn, New York

Loren Connors has improvised and composed original guitar music for over four decades. His music embraces the aesthetics of blues, Irish airs, blues-based rock and other genres while letting go of rigid forms. Connors, who names abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko as his most important influence, also creates evocative print work that arise from the aesthetics of his music. ... more

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