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Cactus Truck: Seizures Palace

Read "Seizures Palace" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You have to go back to the energy jazz of Splatter Trio or maybe the punk band Black Flag to find a band comparable to Cactus Truck. The Amsterdam-based trio of drummer Onno Govaert (Vanilla Riot), bassist/guitarist Jasper Stadhouders (The Bureau Of Atomic Tourism), and American-born saxophonist John Dikeman (Universal Indians) play a brand of, bar-clearing music, that both repels and, ultimately, compels.Seizures Palace is their seventh release, if you count CDr and cassette only releases. It is ...


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Cactus Truck with Jeb Bishop and Roy Campbell: Live in USA

Read "Live in USA" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

In the end of 2012 the Dutch power jazz trio Cactus Trio did a 37 gigs tour in the USA. The trio played in record stores, independent labels offices and small clubs, encountered cancellations due to hurricane Sandy, found last minute alternative spaces and hosted like- minded forward thinking improvisers. The limited edition recording chronicles this tour, highlighting three complete performances, from the beginning of the tour with trombonist Jeb Bishop, close to the end of the tour of the ...


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Cactus Truck: Brand New For China!

Read "Brand New For China!" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

John Dikeman is one of the most interesting saxophonists now operating in the Amsterdam scene. He is a charismatic player, well-versed in the legacy of modern and free jazz as his recent releases-- Across the sky, with bassist Raoul Van Der Weide and drummer Klaus Kugel (Not Two, 2012); and Nihil is Now (Stone Floor, 2012), with the Universal Indians trio--testify. Still, it is the Cactus Truck trio that represents Dikeman at his best. This trio-- with ...


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