Thor Madsen: Metal Dog
Madsen throws a curve with his closing track, "Simple Song," which he says was inspired by dub music he heard between sets at a concert by trip-hop pioneer Tricky. Like many of today’s best young jazzers, Madsen has his ear to the ground for new sounds, many of which are to be found well outside the jazz realm. As AAJ’s Rob Evanoff has noted persistently in his electronica column, a healthy chunk of the future belongs to the turntablists, the DJs, the hip-hoppers. Jazz artists who avail themselves of electronica’s new sonic languages are doing the art form a service. This is something that guitarist Liberty Ellman, the founder of Red Giant Records, understands quite well. Madsen’s openness in this regard makes him an ideal new member of the Red Giant family.
Track Listing: 1. Interference 2. Metalhunden (The Metal Dog) 3. Little Q 4. No Dancing Allowed 5. After the Munchies 6. Crazy Dog Out the Window 7. Phobia 8. El Nino 9. Simple Song
Personnel: Thor Madsen, guitar; Douglas Yates, alto saxophone; Francois Moutin, bass; Ari Hoenig, drums
Record Label: Red Giant Records