John Lurie was one of the most important artists of the 1980s. He led the brilliant rotating Lounge Lizards lineup and had key roles in two legendary Jim Jarmusch movies, Down By Law and Stranger Than Paradise. It seems everything the dude was involved in during the 80s was dope, but it didn't stop once he formed his strong John Lurie National Orchestra at the end of the decade. The group released this one album during its lifetime and it doesn't disappoint. The group is made up of Lurie on horns and two other percussionists.
Geographies was one of Hector Zazou's first ventures into an odd genre he would linger in for much of the next two decades: the soundtrack for an imaginary film. Mixing in influences from all across the stylistic spectrum, Zazou leavens the ingredients with an overriding sense of calm and even languor, his moody scores possessing a warm, humid quality. The pieces here are performed by what is essentially a chamber orchestra augmented by singers. Listeners familiar with his forays into Afro-funk (for example, Noir et Blanc with the Zairean singer Bony Bikaye) may be somewhat befuddled at the classical restraint shown here.