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Lipbone Redding has been through the spin cycles of free jazz, angst-rock, Memphis soul and various Dr. John and Tom Waits-isms. The simmered essence of these influences and experiences makes for a thunderously great listening experience.
Not to mention what the New Yorker can do with his voice. He is marvelously gifted and expressive, but a lot of the instruments you think you're hearing - on his latest CD, "Party on the Fire Escape," for example - are actually him singing.
With his band, the Lipbone Orchestra, Redding lands at the Oasis Pub in New London Saturday. It's a particularly cool date because they're the ideal act to share a bill with our own woefully underrated Roadside Attractions. Vocalist Miss Daphne Glover's e'er-thirsty quest for stylistic expression, along with her spectacular range and emotion, would be welcome anywhere people have ears.
- RICK KOSTER
Lipbone Redding with the Roadside Attractions, 10 p.m. Sat., Oasis Pub, 16 Bank St., New London; $5; 447-3929, lipbone.com.