Ken Thompson's Slow/Fast

Written by Jamie Breiwick on .

Sunday, October 5 at 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast
441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207
Ken Thomson, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, compositions
Russ Johnson, trumpet
Nir Felder, guitar
Adam Armstrong, bass
Fred Kennedy, drums

Combining the sounds of improvisation-filled chamber jazz with the lucidity of contemporary classical composition – infused with distortion-laden twists that reveal the band’s embrace of rock influences -- Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast bring new ideas to small-group jazz. Settle, the band’s second album (released September 23, 2014 on NCM East records), exhibits the kind of stylistic breadth and alert experimentation that one would expect from a leader famed for his work in both the worlds of new jazz and contemporary classical music. Vivid composition rather than head-solo-head norms prevail here, lending the album a freshness that leads the listener on a journey to unexplored, yet inviting, sonic landscapes. Alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist and composer Thomson -— a co-founder of the acclaimed band Gutbucket and a recent addition to the Bang On A Can All-Stars — digs deeper into uncharted musical realms with the visionary quintet that includes trumpeter Russ Johnson, guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Adam Armstrong and drummer Fred Kennedy.

"Mr. Thomson's compositions are intricately wrought and incident-steeped, even when they move in snowlike drifts. The gutsy precision of the playing calls for hearing this music in a performance setting.” - Nate Chinen, The New York Times

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