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Todd Clouser

Todd Clouser, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, is an accomplished guitarist, composer, producer, and writer with credits on over a dozen national releases and a number of albums as bandleader, highlighted by the organic compositions of 2006's "Baja", 2008's modern groove record "Beatnik Highway", and his newest collective, Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric, an aggressive, intuitive mash of 70's rock, Curtis Mayfield groove, and modern jazz. With a reputation for energetic and engaging performances, Todd's interest in a synthesis of styles and dedication to craft consistently draws committed crowds healthy in number and have positioned him as an artist increasingly in demand on the international modern jazz scene. 2009 passed as Clouser's brightest year yet, completing an international tour with legendary trumpeter, arranger, and Grammy nominee Steven Bernstein, the two joining as bandleaders backed by members of Guadalajara's Troker and performing to crowds of a thousand plus

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Troker: Crimen Sonoro

Read "Crimen Sonoro" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It's curious how the exact same things that attract one person to music will repel another. For example, I'm at my friend Mike's birthday party and we start talking about music we're listening to, and I bring up Crimen Sonoro, the new release by Troker, which my wife and I listened to in the car driving ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

What a Wonderful World (of Music)

Read "What a Wonderful World (of Music)" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Wil Blades Field Notes Royal Potato Family 2014 It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio. Wil Blades provides an excellent case study ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home

Read "Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home" reviewed by Dave Wayne

What is often forgotten about improvised music is that it can come from anywhere. Though its history is inextricably intertwined with jazz, improvisation is part and parcel of a myriad of musical cultures. Pianist and composer Thollem McDonas is not just aware of this fact, it is part of his daily existence. About 10 years ago, ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Todd Clouser and Erik Deutsch Crack New Music Seminar's 2012 "Artist On The Verge" Top 100 Chart

Todd Clouser and Erik Deutsch Crack New Music Seminar's 2012 "Artist On The Verge" Top 100 Chart

Guitarist/Composer Todd Clouser and Pianist/Composer Erik Deutsch were selected for the New Music Seminar “Artist On The Verge" Top 100 Chart. All About Jazz participated in the nominating process and both Todd and Erik were included on AAJ's recommendation list. About the NMS “Artist On The Verge" Program NMS “Artist On The Verge" (AOV) project offers ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Todd Clouser's A Love Electric: 20th Century Folk Selections

Read "20th Century Folk Selections" reviewed by Mark Corroto

More than rock musicians and more than blues artists, jazz musicians carry the greatest burden of musical legacy. There are not stories about a contemporary rock musician who dedicates his career to mastering The Beatles catalog, or of the one who's playing is paralyzed because she cannot deal with Jimi Hendrix's solos. Nope. Only in jazz ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Todd Clouser's A Love Electric Announces US Tour Dates to Support "20th Century Folk Selections"

Todd Clouser's A Love Electric Announces US Tour Dates to Support "20th Century Folk Selections"

Baja, Mexico-based—by way of Minneapolis—guitarist Todd Clouser and his band, A Love Electric, release their sophomore album, 20th Century Folk Selections, on February 14 via The Royal Potato Family. The set features eight renditions of songs that Clouser calls “folkloric in nature," including those by the likes of Nirvana, Lou Reed and Beastie Boys among others. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Todd Clouser: Todd Clouser's A Love Electric

Read "Todd Clouser's A Love Electric" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

"A Love Electric is possibility and energy," explains guitarist, composer and bandleader Todd Clouser. “I come from a rock place as a player. I still love Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and the total madness in noise, even if I'm listening to Charlie Parker, Monk, or Wayne Shorter more often these days."“All that was once new ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Todd Clouser's A Love Electric Touring Spain - Midwest through September

Todd Clouser's A Love Electric Touring Spain - Midwest through September

Ropeadope Records Artist, guitarist Todd Clouser continues touring behind his new release, the quintet's self titled debut, which the Philadelphia Inquirer recently called “A gem of an album, Clouser spices the All- American vibe of Bill Frisell with some Jimi Hendrix Fire, 3.5/4." The exhilarating modern jazz based quartet, with its roots in electric era Miles ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Todd Clouser: A Love Electric

Read "A Love Electric" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Todd Clouser ha lasciato gli Stati Uniti ed è emigrato in Messico, nella penisola Los Cabos, alla ricerca di un differente approccio ai ritmi della vita. E inevitabilmente ai ritmi della musica. In questo suo terzo album da 'messicano' ha voluto al suo fianco un trombettista molto noto come Steven Bernstein, sempre efficace e affilato nelle ...


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