Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet. Husky. (Hyena Records)
Review written by Tom Wilmeth
October 23, 2006
Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet -- It’s a mouthful, to be sure, yet worth remembering since the group gives an exhilarating earful to all who listen.
Husky is this horn band’s new CD, recorded completely live in the studio in a single day. Sounding at times like disciples of Roland Kirk and Don Ellis, they travel beyond influence and emerge with their own distinctive and enjoyably aggressive sound.
The septet is led by Skerik on tenor sax, but the group is so unified that no single soloist dominates. From moments of hard swing and head tunes with expansive brass solos to lilting flute melodies, Husky showcases the musical depth of these players. Track titles suggest the diversity of the music on this CD, from “Summer Pudding” to “Fry His Ass” and “Go to Hell, Mr. Bush.” This is jazz of the now and for the living.