Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Recording: THREADS (Quintet)

Artist: THREADS (Quintet)

Song: Threads I [excerpt]

Recorded at The Emmett Ray, October 21, 2013.

THREADS (Quintet) - Threads I [excerpt]

Full review to follow. Guitarist Ken Aldcroft is an educator and composer, but also one of the busier figures in the city's creative music scene. Often playing several gigs a week in varying combos, I happened to see him on back-to-back nights, tearing off some Balkan/surf guitar solos as part of Alaniaris on Sunday night, and leading this Henry Threadgill-inspired quintet on Monday. Backed by a crew of handy improvisers (Karen Ng, alto sax; Jonathan Adjemian, analog synth; Josh Cole, electric bass; Germaine Liu, drums), the musical frameworks here were designed to be stretched out, with each of the three pieces coming somewhere around the twenty-minute mark — threads to be knotted together, untangled and reassembled anew.

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