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Insomniacs Dream by Gutbucket

Gutbucket’s music is difficult to categorize. The opening track, "Insects," is angular and shifting. Over a rockish rhythm, the band dips into a fractured Ornette type sound, lead by saxophonist Ken Thomson. "Don’t fall on dirty mary" starts out as a flowing Latin tune and disintegrates into distortion and jagged rhythms. "Ornette’s computer people" opens with guitar and sax, then progresses to hard-edged noise, before taking up a groove.

The rest of the tracks here follow suit, as the band mixes up styles and rhythms, keeping the listener on their toes. The music is often dark and unsettling, yet has moments of simple beauty. At times they are reminiscent of a less frenetic Last Exit or Prime Time. Recommended for those wanting something adventurous with a contemporary New York groove.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Gutbucket
  • CD Title: Insomniacs Dream
  • Genre: Acid Jazz
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Knitting Factory Records
  • Musicians: Paul Chuffo (drums), Ty Citerman (guitar), Eric Rockwin (bas), Ken Thomson (saxophone)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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