There are certain musicians, let's call them axis musicians, who are always at the center of a scene or movement. Dave Rempis, William Parker and Ken Vandermark can consistently be found at the epicenter of a sound or scene. This is also true of saxophonist Stephen Gauci, the coordinator of a music series at the Bushwick Public House in Brooklyn. His label, GauciMusic, has begun to document some of the weekly concerts, and for those not living in New York this is great news.
Gauci's quartet on Live at the Bushwick Series features a Canadian / Texan guitarist now living in New York, Sandy Ewen, bassist Adam Lane, and drummer Kevin Shea. Their set kicks off with the saxophonist exorcising some demons, initially accompanied just by Lane, before Shea and Ewen give chase. While the bass holds the middle, both the abrading metal-on-metal guitar and drum work act as Gauci's accelerants. The saxophonist's pause highlights the ringing, taut guitar work of Ewen, and soon the quartet is back into the fray.
Gauci's corpulent tenor is meaty enough to preside in such an austere environment. He commandeers the attention throughout with his huge sound, that is a kinder, gentler version of Peter Brötzmann mixed with Charlie Rouse. Music that demands a yes and an amen.
Track 1; Track 2; Track 3.
Stephen Gauci: tenor saxophone; Sandy Ewen: guitar, electronics; Adam Lane: bass; Kevin Shea: drums.
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!
Get more of a good thing
Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.