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DOCTOR NERVE

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Doctor Nerve is a septet playing what has been referred to as "avant-metal-mutant jazz-rock".
Doctor Nerve was born at The Creative Music Studio (CMS), in Woodstock, NY at the beginning of the 80's. CMS was founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman and was considered the premier study center for contemporary creative music. It was there that mainman Nick Didkovsky met the other soon to be members - Leo Ciesa in the fall of 1981, Yves Duboin in the spring of 1982 and Jim Mussen (original drummer) when he visited there. It was there that Didkovsky discovered the power of his own compositions in composition classes. The first Nerve compositions were created while he was there (for instance Spy Boy).
According to Didkovsky, the band had three incarnations. They started out as Defense Spending and later on changed it to Crow (Didkovsky and Duboin.). There was another version called Lethal Injection (in NYC, after the CMS period). The name Doctor Nerve was originally that of a duo Didkovsky had with a German improvisational drummer named Zorobabel. The track Doctor Nerve is based on an improvisational piece of that duo. This first incarnation of the band recorded together in primitive conditions (in drummer Brian Farmer's living room) but four of the tracks ended up on the first DN album - Out To Bomb Fresh Kings. Those tracks were recorded on a four track Scully over two days. The rest was recorded on 8 track in a studio near the Hudson River. This occurred by the end of 1982.
The lineup kept changing a few times over the next years. The final lineup is Nick Didkovsky as the guitarist, Yves Duboin on soprano sax, Michael Lytle on bass clarinet, Dave Douglas on Trumpet, and Marc Wagnon on piano and vibes. James Mussen handled the drums on the first two albums and Leo Ciesa replaced him on the third. Kyle Sims and Mike Leslie played bass guitar on the first two albums and Greg Anderson started on the third. There are also guest musicians playing saxophones, violins and other instruments.

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What is the music like? First of all, you have to be prepared to modify your interpretation for the term music. It is based in jazz-rock with constant sharp time changes and complex rhythms, "angular music", has a metal sounding guitar, contains many sound effects and hectic and chaotic as can be with high energy levels. This may be too much to a lot of people, as it is very challenging, and filled w...
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4.06 | 9 ratings
Out To Bomb Fresh Kings
1984
4.24 | 12 ratings
Armed Observation
1987
3.93 | 8 ratings
Beta 14 OK
1991
4.29 | 7 ratings
Skin
1995

DOCTOR NERVE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 6 ratings
Did Sprinting Die?
1990
3.93 | 6 ratings
Every Screaming Ear
1997
4.33 | 6 ratings
Ereia (with The Sirius String Quartet)
2000
4.09 | 2 ratings
The Monkey Farm
2009

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4.50 | 2 ratings
Armed Observation/Out to Bomb Fresh Kings
1992

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 The Monkey Farm by DOCTOR NERVE album cover Live, 2009
4.09 | 2 ratings

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The Monkey Farm
Doctor Nerve RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Lizzy

4 stars Stravinsky meets Zappa and they're both on acid... Triple dose!

Truth be told, this description can easily encompass all of Doctor Nerve's live and studio albums, but then again the same summary also manages to emulate their diversity. But let us return to the review.

Nine years. That is the amount of time that took one of the most fascinating groups on the avant-garde scene to release its last album to date, the genuinely spectacular, The Monkey Farm. Recorded live at Roulette, a New York City venue renown for promoting contemporary innovative artists, The Monkey Farm, although possibly not the masterpiece its predecessor, Ereia, proved to be, still stands tall and proud, and very much unique among the albums Doctor Nerve have graced the world of music with.

For this 2001 Roulette gig, the mastermind behind Doctor Nerve, Nick Didkovsky, had conceptualised a musical setting for Charles O'Meara's comical, but sometimes rather sinister childhood recollections. As if wanting to continue in the tradition of Ereia which saw guests Sirius String Quartet honouring the audience with their presence and musical output, Didkovsky brought in theatre director Valeria Vasilevski to provide the narration for O'Meara's story. The outcome of this is a 36 track album which could have very well been a single mega piece as the episodes flow unaffectedly following the avant jazz rock sound Doctor Nerve has long acquainted its listeners with. Having the same line-up as on the previous album, the Doc lead by Nick Didkosvsky, precisely like in their prime with Out to Bomb Fresh Kings or Armed Observation, set to create an unbelievable amalgam of sounds which may seem to have no kinship with each other whatsoever, an acoustic anarchy which is simultaneously heading nowhere and all over the place, but which proves to be the perfect background for the equally twisted episodes about O'Meara's drunken father or the pleasures one finds as a child in harming animals. Furthermore, it is to be said that with the aid of a software which Nick himself helped develop, Vasilevski's voice is bent in real time so it would be in accordance with the instrumental parts.

All in all, after so many years of waiting, Doctor Nerve lives up to the expectations and manages to produce an album that is worthy of the band's name and legacy, an album that both has the sharp familiar sound and the right amount of twist which spells innovation in a time when the circumstances do not seem to facilitate it.

4 stars!

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 Armed Observation by DOCTOR NERVE album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.24 | 12 ratings

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Armed Observation
Doctor Nerve RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars Jazz In Opposition

Coming together at Woodstock, this band sound slightly different than what you'd normally expect from this ancient hippie Mecca. CMS or the Creative Music Studio just outside of New York was a hot-bed for up and coming musicians that dared to be different. Starting way back in 1971, CMS was founded by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman, which probably should give you a fair assessment as to how music in general was approached. The focus was largely on contemporary extravagant music - and how one would go about creating sounds and moods that mostly resided outside of the public radio sphere.

The different members of Doctor Nerve all met up at this place with head honcho Nick Didkovsky being the main instigator behind the proceedings - writing most of the music as well as handling the oddly cling clangy guitars. On this their sophomore release, the mood and unique 'Nerve' sound was finally attained - creating the sonic foundation for their future releases.

The music itself sounds like a loose fusion version of Henry Cow. The angular guitar motifs waffle around the atmosphere with a tight and somewhat mad rhythm section pulling the music into strange territories, where things are dissonant and fluid all at the same time. The thing is, that those drums sound like an infinitely long array of stop-starts - whilst the bass zooms very peculiarly and smooth underneath them - gluing this steam engine together like a tight bouncy vessel. Again, I am constantly reminded of Henry Cow with this band - and especially the combination of waffling guitar, stop-start drumming and that zooming bass - strongly echoes the mighty Cow - only much more focused on jazz.

If we're completely anal about this album - it'd be slightly wrong placing them in the RIO quarters, because RIO only really consists of those early pioneers that started playing at the original Rock In Opposition festivals back at the tail end of the 70s. THOSE are the real RIO bands, but the fact of the matter is, that there are many acts since who have carried on the flame - seeking to create music that spit in the face of contemporary radio hits and the whole media culture enveloping them. Doctor Nerve sound uncannily like a true RIO band to these ears, and people who find themselves allured by cling clang chords, dissonance and jumpy bizarre time-signatures should feel right at home with this wonderful band.

Over these aforementioned main ingredients though are some of my absolute favourite sprinklings the album has to offer, which incidentally also speak volumes about the fusion mask this band wears. Wind instruments! Trumpet, saxophone and bass-clarinet! All of these jazzy ingredients roam freely on the offering together with tumbling wild marimbas and other exotic and stuttering percussive spicings. Yes they are free to roam and roar like bats out of hell - yet at the same time they sport a somewhat loose childish approach to things - relegating an unsophisticated and at times purposely naive vibe to the feel. Kindergarden whistling perhaps - only here featured on grown up instruments played with vigour and power - supporting the meaty flavour of the rhythm section and guitar. Other times one of these tooting creatures breaks free in mad dashes that, I'll bet, would have dear old Ornette smiling proudly from ear to ear, by the fact that these youngsters were able to 'get it' and push the envelope - toot like the wind and shake things up effervescently and all over the place like he once did, back when all of this madness was in its pyjamas and but a mere exercise in futility and abnormal beauty. Well Ornette my man, we've come a long way since then, and most people may not feel comfortable around stuff like this, but to those of us who feel invigorated, electric and all tingly inside whenever the sounds of the opposition appear - we truly feel blessed and honoured to have music like this in our possession.

Doctor Nerve probably made Ornette proud - at least they continued the road he once walked - and each time I put this extravagant album on, I am reminded of this bond and heritage. This is essentially jazz in opposition with an affinity for the complex and hard hitting. It tears through flesh like a brute leaf blower, yet somehow all of this strange brutality feels oddly enamouring and bewitching. 4.5 stars and a big box of blue sandpaper.

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 Armed Observation by DOCTOR NERVE album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.24 | 12 ratings

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Armed Observation
Doctor Nerve RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Unlike most I prefer the debut to this the followup album released in 1987. I must say though that the three longest tracks on this one are killer and they make up almost half of the album. Again Didkovsky and company offer up a complex array of horn and guitar infested music while the drums and bass add a powerful foundation.

"Out To Bomb Fresh Kings" is uptempo with the horns honking. Nice bass and guitar too. It blends into "Mister Stiff Fries A Dozen" where the guitar leads and it stays uptempo. Drums and bass join in then dissonant horns.

"Sister Cancer Brother Dollar" has these strange vocal expressions and I love the bass / drum section too. Horns and dissonant guitar follows. "I Am Not Dumb Now" has this pulsating soundscape while "Keine Jazz Platte" is a brief German spoken word piece.

"Don't Be A Hog" features more music and more spoken words as horns end it. "Not Everyone's As Rich As Your Parents" is a top three for me. Drums, horns, bass, vibes and more lead the way. I like the horn and drum only section 3 minutes in. Big finish.

"Electric Guitar Solo" pretty much sums it up while "Three Curiously Instrumental Duets" follows.The second part is Chamber-like. "Portland Applauds The Radio" is a brief sample. "Atypical Tiple" has these intricate guitar sounds.

"Wir Sind Dickhauter" is better as we get a much fuller sound. Some vocal expressions too. Very complex stuff.Vocals end it. "Don't Worry Do" is a top three.We get intricate drums as angular guitar comes in. So good. Horns after 3 minutes.

"That Is When They Start To Have Their Own Way That Is When They Start To Get Out Of Hand" is the final track and my other top three.This one has plenty of violin in it startting after 1 1/2 minutes and it gets fairly dark too. It changes before 5 1/2 minutes as drums and horns take over.The guitar late lights things up.

An excellent album a worthy of a 4 stars rating.

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 Out To Bomb Fresh Kings by DOCTOR NERVE album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.06 | 9 ratings

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Out To Bomb Fresh Kings
Doctor Nerve RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Hard to believe this was released back in 1984. Nick Didkovsky is the leader of this American band and he plays a mean guitar. I first became aware of Nick through his collaboration with Hugh Hopper and FOREVER EINSTEIN's John Roulat and their project called BONE. Besides Nick there are 16 other people helping on on various tracks.This is powerful, dissonant, complex and usually uptempo. I didn't really appreciate it until I listened to it with my headphones on and gave it my full attention. Insane ! Lots of horns and vibes on this one.

"Mink Shadows" has these experimental sounds that come and go as the drums join in. Horns lead 1 1/2 minutes in and they get very dissonant.The guitar then leads as it trades off with the horns. "Unna" is uptempo with the vibes chipping in.

"It's A Tincture" is a short interlude piece with spoken words and laughter. Funny stuff. "Spy Boy" is catchy with the horns blasting away. "Spy Pie" opens with spoken words then this punchy beat comes in. Nice bass 1 1/2 minutes in as the vibes follow.

"Souls Of The Rich" is eerie to start then we get percussion and samples.Violin 1 1/2 minutes in. Such a cool track and a top three. "Nothing You Can Do Hurt Me" is another top three.Intricate sounds early as the horn and guitar play oposite roles yet they work together. I have no idea ? Then it picks up after a minute. Great sound. Guitar to the fore 3 minutes in. Amazing !

"A Hammer In His Hand" is uptempo and catchy. A change before 3 minutes as the bass and guitar lead.The horns before 4 minutes start to lead. Great sounding stuff. "A God That Can Dance" is more laid back for a change with horns and a beat.

"Personnal Dept." is a short spoken word piece. "Doctor Nerve" is the other top three tune for me.This just sounds so good with the beat, vibes, bass and horns. And when the guitar kicks in it's fantastic. Some crazy horns later.

A very solid 4 stars for this one. Man these people can play !

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 Did Sprinting Die? by DOCTOR NERVE album cover Live, 1990
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Did Sprinting Die?
Doctor Nerve RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

4 stars This is a fantastic album of mostly live songs. The three songs which aren't live are all created and performed by Nick Didkovsky's DrNerve.hsml software. These songs actually sound remarkably similar to Frank Zappa's Synclavier work on "Jazz From Hell". The live tracks are mostly from the first two studio albums, "Out To Bomb Fresh Kings" and "Armed Observation".

The recording quality is good, but not great for a live album. The horns and vibes are very clear sounding, but the guitar and drums sonetimes get lost under the rest of the band. The song selection is perfect. It contains all of my favorites from the first two albums. I especially like hearing "Mister Stiff Fries A Dozen", "Unna" and "Spy Boy".

This is a band that should be better known.

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 Beta 14 OK by DOCTOR NERVE album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.93 | 8 ratings

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Beta 14 OK
Doctor Nerve RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Evolver
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4 stars This, the third Doctor Nerve album, has a recording quality much better than the previous two studio albums, and, as usual, the music and artistry is spectacular. But this one loses point for a few details. First a few of the songs have vocals. By this I mean someone shouting at the top of their lungs. Second, the "Nerve Event" experiment. The last 44 tracks on the CD are very short snippets, notes and riffs, meant to be shuffled and played randomly. Since each has a second or two of dead space at either end, no matter how you shuffle them, they do not become a musical piece as intended, but remain a series of tiny edits.

But the bulk of the music is amazing. Much of it was composed with the assistance of a program created by guitarist Nick Didkovsky. There is even a "computer generated vibraphone piece which composes itself during the act of performance". I'm not sure how it was done, but it is an interestin concept. And a great listen. If you are not faint of heart.

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 Out To Bomb Fresh Kings by DOCTOR NERVE album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.06 | 9 ratings

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Out To Bomb Fresh Kings
Doctor Nerve RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

4 stars Doctor Nerve's first album is a wonderful piece of RIO jazz rock. But that hardly describes it. Composer and guitarist Nick Didkovsky writes in the oddest time signatures, often at the same time. For example, in one song, "Spy Boy" most of the band is playing in 7/8, while the drums alternate between 6/16 and 4/4. And that's just one song.

The music is heavy with horns and vibraphone, often giving the band a sound that sounds like Frank Zappa on acid (sorry Frank, but it does). The music somehow manages to be catchy and alien at the same time.

The only downside is that some of the songs were recorded in less than optimal environments, and the sound suffers because of it. Otherwise, this is a must for the true RIO fan.

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 Armed Observation by DOCTOR NERVE album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.24 | 12 ratings

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Armed Observation
Doctor Nerve RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Evolver
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5 stars Back in 1987, during the dark years for progressive music, in the record store I worked in, we received a shipment of records from Cuneiform. In it was albums from Forever Einstein, Univers Zero, and Doctor Nerve. My life was changed. These were some of the most fantastic bands I had ever heard. And two, Doctor Nerve and Forever Einstein were going to play soon in a local club! There was hope for the prog fan.

This Doctor Nerve album is a masterpiece of RIO, sounding something like a big band version of Birdsongs From The Mesozoic with a big helping of Zappa. The music, all composed by guitarist Nick Didkovsky, features horns, vibes, violin, bass and drums playing frenetic music, often with unusual time signatures all piled on top of one another. If this is hard to picture, than you are on the right track. This music, although with the references I listed above, sounds like nothing you've ever heard before. It's worth hunting for.

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 Armed Observation by DOCTOR NERVE album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.24 | 12 ratings

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Armed Observation
Doctor Nerve RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Bj-1
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4 stars Doctor Nerve is one of the more obscure RIO/Avant bands from the US, it seems. For people unfamiliar with this band (leaded by guitarist/producer Nick Didkovsky), they play a complex form of something that could be called "Punk/Jazz/Avant/Fusion". Their second album, titled "Armed Observation" was the first release that really stated their sound that would be notable on the next few releases (their first one, "Out to Bomb Fresh Kings", was similar, though less focused.) Totally bizarre time-signatures with often wood-wind dominated melodies and a good dose of weird humor, kinda comparable to Frank Zappa's instrumentals during albums like "The Man From Utopia" or "Them or Us", is the best way to describe this one. Besides this, it also has a great flow to it, and except for a few noodling guitar tracks, it rarely get's boring or uninspired. The superb and eclectic instrumentation is also a plus for this album, not to mention it's clever and intricate arrangements.

Although it's not very long, this album shows a surprisingly great variety in terms of songwriting, though all songs are in the same style to each other. Any RIO/Avant lover should appreciate this work. It's not directly easy-listening, but it still has very high qualities. Highly recommended to any open-minded RIO/Avant head who loves stuff like Zappa, Eskimo etc. Don't be a Hog, check it out! My rating: 4.5/5

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 Every Screaming Ear by DOCTOR NERVE album cover Live, 1997
3.93 | 6 ratings

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Every Screaming Ear
Doctor Nerve RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by progadicto

4 stars Wow! This a real acid trip! When I finally get this album I really don't have a clear idea about the powerful craziness and the musical extremes of this almost conceptual album. Mr. Didkovsky and friends really take the concept of avant garde beyond most of the musical frontiers we used to know.

In first place the use of guitars... metalic, heavy, dark. Second: an awsome and very acid jazz use of trumpets, sax and clarinets. Third, the constant and agressive use of vocals transmiting crazy poems (really scary when he pleads for 10 dollars). And of course, the interventions of Isso Yukihiro Group on Preaching to the Converted and Beat 14ok, giving to the metal sound of drums a very tribal and almost cathartic twist that ends with a few seconds of improvisation. Then we can listen the awsome Dumb Deconstruction, maybe one of the best songs of the album.

There are not weak points on the album. Not for newbies of course and very difficult to understand but when you catch the stuff every songs transforms into an amazing and unbeliavable acid trip with constant rhythmical changes and an awsome technical achievement.

Some other highlights: Armed Observation, Nerveware No. 3, 17. Pain Waits Until 5pm and the end title When It Blows Its Stacks.

Really amazing and totally recommended for real RIO or avant garde fans...

4*

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