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Vector Families: For Those About To Jazz / Rock We Salute You

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Drummer Dave King (The Bad Plus, Dave King Trucking Company) has been a significant protagonist within the burgeoning Minneapolis / St. Paul progressive jazz scene amid various ensembles' --including Vector Families --stark experimentalism. Here, the drummer along with esteemed veteran bassist Anthony Cox steer the mutable groove-building episodes on an album that places jazz rock inside an avant-garde dynamic. Hence, these compositions are executed with asymmetrical parts improvisation and structure. With the opener “Free Funk!," King ignites the ...

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Dave King Trucking Company: Surrounded by the Night

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Celebrated drummer Dave King (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple) bonds fellow Minnesota jazz musicians with like-minded New York artists on the Trucking Company's third release. His drums are constructed with bamboo and other woodgrain materials, which is a novel engineering process by the Milwaukee-based outfit Rat Rod drums. King's resonating sound envelops his fluid and punchy timekeeping prowess. And while the album's running time hovers near LP territory at around 36-minutes, the band makes full use of it with a ...

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Dave King: We do music, so we know music

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Ever the emphatic artist, drummer Dave King is most famous as a founding member of the contemporary trio The Bad Plus. Rooted in jazz, The Bad Plus has taken creative music to a new abstract height, examining reinterpretations of works by artists as diverse as Stravinsky, Nirvana and Tears for Fears. However, his re-definition of a performing musician's role has not been limited to TB+, his personal side projects, or even the drum set. In this article, we'll explore Dave's ...

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Dave King with Bill Carrothers and Billy Peterson: I've Been Ringing You

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Drummer Dave King's major fame and fortune--though mostly fame; this is, after all, jazz we're talking about--comes from his work with The Bad Plus. That particular modern piano trio can go loud, combining elements of pop and rock while delving into the avant-garde side of jazz. TBP has been described as bombastic, but King doesn't limit himself to his main gig. He works in several side projects, and for his I've Been Ringing You, he joins up with fellow Minnesotans, ...

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Dave King Trucking Company: Good Old Light

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Branching out from his duties in The Bad Plus and Happy Apple, drummer Dave King formed the Dave King Trucking Company to explore a highly personalized take on Americana that he describes as “if the great Nashville bands of the '60s and '70s could improvise and were Coltrane fanatics." Building on this idea, King and company bolster tuneful themes with unfettered expressionism, drawing inspiration from the 1970s era work of Gary Burton and Keith Jarrett as well as contemporaneous krautrock ...

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Dave King: Indelicate

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Indelicate has nothing to do with a musician, who plays one instrument, feeling compelled to make an album playing another--alone, or together with his instrument of choice. It is about expanding the sound canvas by using a palette to create a broader range of tonal color and textures. It really ought to have nothing to do with angst either. In the end it can be driven by an emotional belief or socio-political persuasion that becomes a kind of manifesto. Indelicate ...

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The Bad Plus: Drama, Joy, Humor, But Not Irony

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If you had the remotest interest in contemporary jazz music in 2003, the chances were very, very high that you had heard of The Bad Plus. The odds were just as good that you had an opinion, positive or negative, about the merits of the collective trio of bassist Reid Anderson, drummer David King and pianist Ethan Iverson.The band was everywhere that year. Here was an acoustic instrumental trio with a heavily promoted recording on Columbia Records, no ...


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