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Todd Clouser

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Todd Clouser is a composing guitarist, songwriter and performer based between Mexico City and the USA. Combining elements of rock, jazz blues, spoken word and improvised musics, Clouser has toured the world with his group A Love Electric, as a solo act and performed alongside luminaries from John Lurie to John Zorn, Flea, Cyro Baptista, John Medeski, Keb Mo, and more, performing at rock, jazz and world music festivals across the globe. Clouser's prolific output and genre-evading creativity had NPR call Todd "a fascinating musician ..... (he) doesn't belong to any scene and doesn't want to", Time Out NYC hailing his rock jazz trio A Love Electric as "illuminating", and Mexico City's La Jornada mentioning the group as "one of the most important acts of recent years"

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Article: Radio

Wadada Leo Smith, The Red Microphone & Clean Feed Releases

Read "Wadada Leo Smith, The Red Microphone & Clean Feed Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Trumpet master and composer Wadada Leo Smith continues to produce astonishing original music. Zeroing in on the age of 80 seems to have no impact. There are two new releases from the Finnish Tum label to show Smith's creativity: Sacred Ceremonies with Bill Laswell and Milford Graves and the other a solo set. Some of Clean ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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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 ...

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Article: Interview

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, ...

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20th Century Folk Selections

Label: Royal Potato Family
Released: 2012
Track listing: Little Boxes; Everyday; The Needle & The Damage Done; Pay Me My Money Down; All Apologies; Heroin; Gratitude; Release.

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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 ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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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. ...

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A Love Electric

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2011
Track listing: Serenity Now; Meet Me At The Polo Grounds; Curtis; Bobby White In The City; The Habit Kick; Jimena; Littlest Number; The Border At Pachacan; Autumn City Portrait; One; Brass Suite; Mo City Kid; Hallelujah.


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