Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters: The Ordeal of Civility (Knitting Factory)
You know that Visa ad sporting the slogan "One card. A wealth of possibilities"? Gary Lucas is "One guitarist. A wealth of possibilities." This time out, the man who's played with Leonard Bernstein and Captain Beefheart, who's played music ranging from old-time Chinese pop songs to gutbucket blues to Wagner to brooding silent film soundtrack, and who co-wrote two of Jeff Buckley's best-known songs, convenes his eclectic rock band Gods and Monsters for a wide-ranging yet thoroughly cohering album that bounces from weird swamp boogie to acoustic blues to jazzy stomps to English folk, mostly tied together by Lucas's slippery, stinging slide guitar.