168

Gutbucket: Sludge Test

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Gutbucket: Sludge Test Gutbucket might be the possessed grandchildren of bandleader Spike Jones, except that in the three CDs they have produced, I've yet to hear a gunshot. This modernized version of the blender band has been done before by groups such as Naked City, Blood Duster, and Mr. Bungle, but not nearly as well. Like Spike Jones, this quartet is dead set on entertainment. Maybe they are more a modern Raymond Scott or Carl Stalling soundtrack to Ozzy Osbourne's life.

Gutbucket's third disc follows Insomniacs Dream (Knitting Factory, 2001) and Dry Humping The American Dream (Cantaloupe Music, 2004). This outing favors a bit more rock than the previous jazz squawk, certainly a reaction to their audiences. The aforementioned Ozzy gets the full treatment on title track, with all the heaviness of a Sabbath guitar assault. The two-minute barrage morphs into a Green Day conclusion with saxophonist Ken Thompson walking the music through its paces.

Why do you care? Besides the big fun involved, Gutbucket adds musicianship to entertainment, a quality sorely lacking in today's rock shows. These guys speak the language, whether the driving pulse and thrash guitar of "Money Management For A Better Life" or the nod to Return to Forever on "Disciplining The Fugitive," with bits of Slavic music. They also walk the walk.

Although this disc draws less from Ornette Coleman than the group's last recording, the musicianship remains strong. The tight band and intricate arrangements thrill throughout. While the disc clocks in at a mere 45 minutes, you feel as if they have packed at least three times the music inside.

Track Listing: Money Management For A Better Life; Sludge Test; Punkass Rumbledink: Circadian Mindfuck; Throsp%; Disciplining The Fugitive; Underbidder; Where Have You Gone, Mr. Squeegeeman?; Plague Of The Legions; Danse de la Fureur, Pour les Sept Trompettes.

Personnel: Paul Chuffo: drums; Ty Citerman: guitar, prepared guitar, vocals; Eric: bass, Hammond B3 Organ, Moog; Ken Thompson: alto, baritone saxophone, Moroccan ghaytah, Wurlitzer Organ, Juno-66.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Cantaloupe Music | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Pathways CD/LP/Track Review Pathways
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Landing CD/LP/Track Review Landing
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Words And Music CD/LP/Track Review Words And Music
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Faces CD/LP/Track Review Faces
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Nor Sea, nor Land, nor Salty Waves CD/LP/Track Review Nor Sea, nor Land, nor Salty Waves
by Duncan Heining
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Petite Afrique CD/LP/Track Review Petite Afrique
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 29, 2017
Read "Black Diamond" CD/LP/Track Review Black Diamond
by Joe Gatto
Published: March 7, 2017
Read "Faces" CD/LP/Track Review Faces
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 30, 2017
Read "Stereotomic" CD/LP/Track Review Stereotomic
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 18, 2017
Read "Dancing Our Way To Death" CD/LP/Track Review Dancing Our Way To Death
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 16, 2016
Read "Black Art Jazz Collective - Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club" CD/LP/Track Review Black Art Jazz Collective - Presented By The Side Door Jazz...
by Budd Kopman
Published: August 28, 2016
Read "Road to Forever" CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!