For K. Curtis Lyle, it's an opportunity to perform his poem "Nut Check" with Dave Stone's skronking saxophone adding punctuation and urgency; in Tom Weber's "Feeding Yogi," an amplified recording of him feeding his cat highlights the noise of our mundane routines. Remember, though, that the CD is entitled Sound, not Song or Music. While some of this city's best-known musicians and songwriters appear here (including RFT freelancer James Weber Jr.), their tracks don't always show them working in their principal medium. The most ambitious and revealing section of Sound is Eric Hall's "The Phil Sessions," a sound collage of various musicians performing in acoustically unique spaces. Fred Friction clacks spoons and warbles in an echo-y portion of the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Jason Hutto sings and strums in chorus with a passing railroad train. The nine tracks that comprise the "Sessions" gradually reveal the ambient sounds of the city and the impressions they leave on its working musicians. Christian Schaeffer
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