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Feb 5, 2012
Check out the great review that Dave (the AllAboutJazz Download of the Day editor) gave my band ALDRIC's Anvils & Broken Bells. He's been kind enough to include us in his Best of 2011 section. A bit from the lengthy writeup:
...they’ve fused the post-rock of today with the 80s NYC downtown jazz scene skronk & sizzle of Zorn’s Naked City... I keep finding more and better things to appreciate about it, and enthusiastically include it as one of my top recommended albums of 2011. -www.birdistheworm.com
Thanks for the kind words, Dave!
Aug 31, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
What would be the result of a meeting between jazz, rock, country, and improvisational music? Find out on Anvils and Broken Bells, the second release from saxophonist AJ Kluth. Kluth's musical odyssey explores new ground with a new ensemble, Aldric, a collective comprised of some of the most in demand musicians on the Chicago scene. Led by AJ Kluth, saxophone and melodica, the band also includes guitarist Toby Summerfield, trumpeter James Davis, drummer Quin Kirchner and bassist Dan Thatcher. Eight original numbers are featured on the disc including the riveting "Saskatoon" which is a moody gem informed by Kluth's melodica and Summerfield's guitar. A solid, riveting session.
Tenor saxophonist, based in Chicago. Second album. Group is electric -- electric guitar ("many buttons & knobs"), electric bass, with both Kluth and trumpeter James Davis credited with effects. Fusion, I suppose, but not a throwback to the 1970s jazz fusion stuff (though maybe Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath): dense sheets of sound, heavy on the heavy, occasional fast breaks. B+(*)
Jul 26, 2011
ALDRIC is featured on iTunes' jazz front page today with the likes of Randy Brecker, Dave Binney, Dave King, Steve Coleman, etc. Nice. Pick up ALDRIC's Anvils And Broken Bells on iTunes for $7.92, write a review, and dig some new sounds. Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Jul 19, 2011
ALDRIC's new album Anvils And Broken Bells is released today form OA2 Records! Pick it up wherever you like as it's frickin everywhere. iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby, Target, Best Buy, maybe even WalMart, I don't know. For a super special signed copy hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll hook you up my darn self.
Jul 18, 2011
That’s right, ALDRIC’s Anvils and Broken Bells is being released on Seattle’s OA2 records. Get a free download of I Am Wearing A Velvet Jacket from All About Jazz at http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownload.php?id=6680.
"Editor's comments: So, Paul Motion, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Lovano, and Bill Frisell get lost at sea on a boat. It begins to storm and the wind picks up. The steering is shot, the boat spins out of control, and they decide to spend their last moments alive playing out. That's kinda what this song is like. Pretty cool. Jazz from the Chicago scene."
Jun 21, 2011
ALDRIC will be playing our last show in Chicago for a while this Wednesday night. Come get your drank on and hug AJ as he's leaving town for NYC - for real this time. Bill MacKay's fantastic Darts & Arrows hits the first set at 10pm followed by ALDRIC at 11pm. See you there!
BONUS - look for hot dueling bass action with Dan Thatcher and Matt Ulery doubling the bass chair. Hot Hot Hot!
Jun 13, 2011
We had a great time playing the Old Town Art Fair yesterday afternoon. Thanks to 43rd Ward Alderman Michelle Smith for the great introduction, the Old Town Triangle Association, and Shawn Rios for making it all happen. Oh, and thanks for a keg of amazing beer and some fantastic food. 'Twas a good afternoon indeed. Thanks to Andrew Trim for great picture!
Next up: June 22nd at The Whistler (whistlerchicago.com)!
May 19, 2011
Also - check out Matthew B Crawford's Shop Class As Soulcraft. (http://www.matthewbcrawford.com/)
“Shop Class as Soulcraft is a beautiful little book about human excellence and the way it is undervalued in contemporary America.”
—Francis Fukuyama, New York Times Book Review
“Matt Crawford’s remarkable book on the morality and metaphysics of the repairman looks into the reality of practical activity. It is a superb combination of testimony and reflection, and you can’t put it down.”
—Harvey Mansfield, Professor of Government, Harvard University
Some heavy and beatifully articulated arguments. Read it, think about it, do it.
Apr 25, 2011
It's that time again. Time to come dangerously close to give myself adult onset diabetes by gorging myself on discount easter candy. So it goes. Avoiding the rain today, listening to Willie Nelson's Stardust, and beginning to get contact info together to start booking a tour for the summer. Going to be a great few months with shows, writing, and rehearsing. I'll (AJ) be relocating to NYC in a few months but look for a few Chicago dates for ALDRIC and a tour supporting the release of Anvils & Broken Bells this July.
About that image - that's the Guidonian Hand (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guidonian_hand) and was a Midieval music communication system devised to teach choirs. Instead of handing out sheet music, the director would point to a joint on his hand associated with a pitch. Can't believe it was supplanted by notation. Happy Monday.
Apr 22, 2011
that rhymes. just sayin'.