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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

2016 Belgrade Jazz Festival
Belgrade, Serbia
October 26-October 30, 2016

Because of the wars in the former Yugoslavia, the Belgrade Jazz Festival, like most good things in the Balkans, went dark for 15 years after 1990. When it started up again in 2005, it was small. By 2008, it was big enough ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast: Settle

Read "Settle" reviewed by Dave Wayne

There are ways to get to know people really well, really quickly. Many of these fall under the general category: “challenge them, somehow." For a certain time of my life this meant: “go camping with them." Really. If you go camping with a group of people, you will find out a lot about them in a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tatvamasi: Parts Of The Entirety

Read "Parts Of The Entirety" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Admirers of fellow Cuneiform Records artists, Gutbucket and Led Bib or other groups embracing the jazz-rock and progressive rock genres may find a lot to get revved up about with the Polish quartet, Tatvamasi. No doubt, it's an aggressive unit, armed with a vibrant demeanor as they tread across the jazz and rock terrains with polyrhythmic ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Bang on a Can All-Stars Announce Ken Thomson as New Clarinetist

Bang on a Can All-Stars Announce Ken Thomson as New Clarinetist

Bang on a Can, New York’s innovative and energetic champion of new music, officially announced the new clarinetist for its “All-Star” lineup. The Bang on a Can All-Stars have become a singular vehicle for visionary composition over the course of the last 20 years, and with the addition of Ken Thomson will continue to set the ...

Operation ID: Legs

Read "Legs" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The cover art for Operation ID's debut CD recalls the work of Raymond Pettibon. whose indelible images burst forth from the covers of LPs by Black Flag, Minutemen, and Saccharine Trust on the iconoclastic SST label, back in the 1980s. Though it's directed toward a different end result, the music on Legs has a relentless energy ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gutbucket: Flock

Read "Flock" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Gutbucket è un quartetto statunitense che gioca a nascondino con i generi musicali, rubando una procedura a Frank Zappa, due percorsi minati al Microscopic Septet, tre colorazioni rilucenti ai Lounge Lizards. La sensibilità è quella del jazz ma il linguaggio è quello del rock più artistico, vissuto con cura maniacale per ogni dettaglio, sotto la luce sempre ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Gutbucket - Flock (Cuneiform, 2011)

Gutbucket - Flock (Cuneiform, 2011)

Another band that skirts the divide between jazz and rock 'n' roll is the Brooklyn based outfit Gutbucket, whose intricate jazz based arrangements are infused with punk rock energy. Gutbucket consists of Ty Citerman on guitar, Eric Rockwin on bass, Ken Thomson on saxophones and Adam Gold on drums. Gutbucket's music isn't as much based around ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Gutbucket: Cascades and Collisions

Read "Gutbucket: Cascades and Collisions" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Over its 12-year career, Gutbucket has resituated its various musical parts like the pieces of a Rubik's cube. The elements of that cube, the sonic strains, have remained similar--an amalgam of fuzz rock, jumpy jazz, post-serial classicism--but its panoply of shifting color has been redeployed in unique ways on each of the Brooklyn-based quartet's five CDs, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Gutbucket - Flock (2011)

Gutbucket - Flock (2011)

By S. Victor Aaron According to Wikipedia, a gutbucket is “a stringed instrument used in American folk music that uses a metal washtub as a resonator." There was even a “gutbucket blues" style of music that was played by those jug bands of long ago. And so since we're here to talk about a band called “Gutbucket," ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Ken Thomson Turns His Reed Work to Chamber Jazz

Ken Thomson Turns His Reed Work to Chamber Jazz

Improvisation is a big, if not the biggest, pillar of jazz music. For many, it's what gives the music its unique identity, separating it from pop and the rest. Musicians wax poetic about the experience of playing that way, and I've written extensively about it through the years, particularly applauding those groups that practice free playing ...