The "jazzy" instrumentation of Gutbucket consists of saxophone, guitar, bass and drums. Each player demonstrates a remarkable versatility among styles; one has the feeling that the group represents a collective and not a hierarchy. As opposed to comparable po-mo groups like Naked City or Sex Mob, Gutbucket revolves around the act of independent creation. They rely on musical ideas of their own construction, not ironic references to someone else's recognizable styles or song forms. And their sound is all that much fresher for it. I must admit that I have a special fondness for brazen, unabashed trampling of barriers between genresbut Gutbucket does something truly special here. It's some of the most exciting and creative improvised music that's passed through my stereo in a long time.
Track Listing: Insects (Subtraction in St. Louis); Don't Fall on Dirty Mary; Ornette's Computer people; Revolution for Sale; Song of Seasickness; Sweet Tooth, Bleeding Gums; Consumption [The White America Suite, Pt. 2]; Up from the Christmas Wreckage; Being Questioned About Iran Contra While Eating French Onion Soup; Its; Rock 'n Roll.
Personnel: Paul Chuffo: drums; Ty Citerman: guitar; Eric Rockwin: bass; Ken Thomson: saxophone.
Record Label: Gut Records
Style: Modern Jazz