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Skerik: Husky

Read "Husky" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet is unusual in several ways. First, there's the leader, a tenor saxophonist who goes only by his surname and who also performs in such genteel ensembles as The Dead Kenny Gs and Crack Sabbath. There's that band name, which Skerik copped from the “syncopated taint phrase first used by the US's first ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Skerik: Husky

Read "Husky" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

Harry J. Anslinger, the United States' original Drug Czar, invented an unusual term to sum up what he considered as the moral decay caused by the collision of the jazz and drug cultures in the 1930s and 1940s: “syncopated taint." Popular tenor sax phenom Skerik--fresh off of a 2005 tour with Mike Clark's Headhunters--adopted ...


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