Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Recording: Retired

Artist: Retired

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Baby G, October 27, 2016.

Retired - unknown

This night was a release celebration for this quartet's new Crimes Against Jazz album, a proper document of the project's current lineup. Recorded live off the floor, it captures their range fairly well, from stop-start hardcore outbursts to melting meditative drones. From their album title on down the band seems ambiguous about their relationship with jazz (song titles include "3 Day Jazz Bender" and "Fear Of Jazz") and their musical affiliations put them closer to noisy rock shows than anything in the city's "creative" music scenes, but there's really good work happening here. This was the fiercest and most wide-ranging of the live sets I've seen, with the band incorporating drummer Cyril Penney Jr.'s spoken word passages and saxophonist Alex Howard's harsh-noise EWI.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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