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Chris Comer and Rob Ervin have been fans of 1980's hard rock band Hüsker Dü since their days in college radio. Therefore they were quite thrilled to talk to seminal post-punk rock icon Greg Norton, former Hüsker Dü bassist. After fifteen years out of the music scene working as a restaurant chef, Greg Norton is in a new band with a jazz-punk edge, called The Gang Font Featuring Interloper.
The Gang Font features Dave King from The Bad Plus on drums, the ubiquitous Craig Taborn on Fender Rhodes and keyboards, and Erik Fratzke on guitar. In this interview Greg talks about what he's been doing since Hüsker Dü broke up, what's up with this new band The Gang Font Feat. Interloper, his restaurant, "The Nortons," in Red Wing, Minnesota and, of course, his famous mustache.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.