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The Syncopated Taint Septet formed unexpectedly and organically in the summer of 2002 when Skerik was at home in Seattle between tours. Talking with long-time comrade and baritone saxophonist Craig Flory, Skerik decided to reactivate a sax-and-organ group with Joe Doria on Hammond organ and John Wicks on drums. Soon, the horn count increased as Skerik enlisted fellow Seattle musicians Dave Carter on trumpet, Hans Teuber on alto saxophone on flute, and Steve Moore on trombone and Wurlitzer electric piano, packing the harmonies (and the stage) with a five-horn front line. From the beginning, Skerik invited all of the musicians to suggest ideas and write music for the band

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The Nels Cline Singers: Share the Wealth

Read "Share the Wealth" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

L'idea era di registrare delle lunghe improvvisazioni per poi selezionare frammenti, operare un copia-incolla di davisiana memoria e dar vita ad una sorta di mosaico/collage psichedelico. L'ascolto del materiale registrato, la percezione della magia sprigionata dalle sessions e della unicità dei brani hanno cambiato le carte in tavola e suggerito di pubblicare integralmente, senza sforbiciate, quello ...

Postponed Parade

Label: Odd Bird Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Up & Up; Boogaloo Bird; Night School; Subdued Mood; Postponed Parade; Shoreline; Bacon and Eggs.

Freelance Subversives

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pusher Danish; Back Channel; Raffle; Blue Chenille; Grunk; Clafunj; Freelance Subversive; Lifer; Garage A; Skill Set; We the People.

Share the Wealth

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Segunda; Beam/Spiral; Nightstand; Stump the Panel; Headdress; Princess Phone; The Pleather Patrol; Ashcan Treasure; A Place on The Moon; Passed Down.

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Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Despite the circumstances, this was a high volume year for album releases, rich in both quantity and quality. Mine is not a ranked listing, but more or less in reverse chronological order. Since I wrote fewer album reviews than average, for the first time I have included several releases that I did not review myself.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Nels Cline Singers: Share The Wealth

Read "Share The Wealth" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Nels Cline has led the Nels Cline Singers since 2002. While they have sometimes had guest performers on their recordings, the core band has been a trio of Cline, drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn (originally Devin Hoff). This album expands the group to a sextet with the addition of saxophonist Skerik, keyboardist Brian ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Nels Cline Singers: Share The Wealth

Read "Share The Wealth" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A work of pummeling beauty, exhaustion and exhilaration await at the end of genre rogue guitarist Nels Cline's upheaval Share the Wealth, eighty minutes of magical, maniacal, free jam composition that, in perhaps a few more years down the line--if the line makes it past Election Day--we'll argue stands right up there with such and such ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Will Bernard: Freelance Subversives

Read "Freelance Subversives" reviewed by Doug Collette

A native Californian currently headquartered in Brooklyn, Will Bernard's geographical touchpoints mirror the expanse of solo and collaborative projects to which he's contributed over the course of his career. Just a few of the names appearing in his discography are also indicative of the guitarist's broadly eclectic approach: eccentric singer/composer Tom Waits, drummer extraordinaire Stanton Moore ...

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Jon Ostrom

Portland’s Jon Ostrom is a talented and accomplished guitarist and songwriter playing jazz, funk, rock and bluegrass in various groups throughout his career. The imagery created by his guitar playing combined with his songwriting showcase his ability to create landscapes for deep grooves and improvisation. Jon started his music career in Walleye, a power trio focused on songwriting without any barriers or limits. Walleye was fortunate to open for such bands as Vince Herman, Rubberneck, Jive Talkin Robots, Five Fingers of Funk and many more. Jon then created the Louden Mellow Project to continue with songwriting and focus on jazz and funk


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