Lounge Lizards

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The Lounge Lizards were relating with a tradition and it was like I was playing within a musical context. The guitar playing stood out as being different in some way. That was a real education for me

Arto Lindsay, www.furious.com, November 1997

The Lounge Lizards are a jazz group formed New York City in 1978┬áby saxophonist John Lurie and his brother, pianist Evan Lurie. In American slang, a “lounge lizard” is typically depicted as a well-dressed man who frequents the establishments in which the rich gather with the intention of seducing a wealthy woman with his flattery and deceptive charm. Drawing on punk rock and no wave as much as jazz, The Lounge Lizards have since become respected for their creative and distinctive sound. In October of 1986, Robert Palmer of The New York Times wrote “the Lounge Lizards…have staked their claim to a musical territory that lies somewhere west of Charles Mingus and east of Bernard Hermann and made it their own.”