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NEWS: INTERVIEW

Skerik continues his collaborative adventures

Skerik continues his collaborative adventures

"I very much believe in a collaborative environment, and trying to get a real band where everyone has an equal say in writing the music, arranging the music and shaping the music. That's always been a real priority for me." —Skerik I had the opportunity to speak to saxophonist Skerik by phone this afternoon, on the day ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chris Combs: Jacob Fred's Tulsa Tale

Read "Chris Combs: Jacob Fred's Tulsa Tale" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

On a Memorial Day in 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, an encounter between a young black shoe shiner named Dick Rowland and a white elevator operator named Sarah Page--an incident that was reported with hazy details and shocking incompleteness--started one of the most brutal and tragic race riots in American history. Even more tragic, however, was how little ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet: Husky

Read "Husky" reviewed by AAJ Staff

The select few who actually recognize Skerik's singular name will probably remember the saxophonist's recent wild and wacky adventures with Charlie Hunter, Wayne Horvitz and Bobby Previte with some nostalgia. The combination of skronk, groove and interjection he has laid down with these alternative proto-jazz icons seems to have crystallized over time, almost as much as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet: Husky

Read "Husky" reviewed by Paul Olson

Tenor saxman Skerik is such an irrepressible personality on his horn, and such a joyously human presence in groups like Critters Buggin', Garage à Trois and Bobby Previte's Coalition of the Willing, that it's sometimes easy to underestimate him and think of his talents as more instinctive and spontaneous than analytic or accomplished. The wryness of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Skerik: Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet

Read "Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Is there such a phenomenon as the 'Seattle sound?' Not the Puget Sound, as in water, I mean a distinct regional musical flavor. All those 1980s flannel shirt proto-punk bands thought so. Maybe when it comes to jazz, the Seattle sound is more about an attitude, and maybe irreverence.

Enter saxophonist Skerik's Syncopated Taint ...