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    Posted: 21 Apr 2017 at 2:04pm

Iggy Pop sings three tracks on Loneliness Road, the new record by Jamie Saft's jazz trio, including the bassist Steve Swallow and the drummer Bobby Previte, major figures in American improvised music. This is not a simulacrum of jazz, a high-voltage jam band, a PBS tie-in, or a promise owed to a manager. It is a rock personage deciding to invest time and energy into a record of improvised, first-take jazz by a band he had nothing to do with: Iggy wrote his own lyrics for Saft's original compositions, and recorded his vocal tracks at a studio near his home in Miami. This sort of thing does not happen very often, especially in the United States, where it can seem as if in Iggy's words "by subscribing to a particular kind of music you have joined a political party."

They are melancholy, melodious songs, vulnerably delivered, honest within the scope of the persona he embodies. "I'm sorry for the loss of time," he sings in "Every Day":

"I'm hungry for the soul that shines in your eyes/And all I want to say is/I love you/Every day/I love you."

"Iggy is such a great master of his instrument, and of constructing songs," says Saft, a pianist and keyboardist who has played jazz and experimental music around New York since the late Nineties, sometimes in the orbit of John Zorn, Merzbow and Wadada Leo Smith. "He really just got right inside the forms of each one of those songs. They're each really different he put down something so fundamental." 

Iggy Pop turns 70 today. A few days before that milestone, he spoke to Rolling Stone on the phone about collaboration, jazz, aging and singing in other languages. 

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from www.rollingstone.com

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