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Dead Cat Bounce

Dead Cat Bounce

One of the first reviews ever published about the Boston-based sextet Dead Cat Bounce extolled the group’s ability to “intone the laughable and the frivolous and distinctly nonuptightness of music.” Matt Steckler, the leader of the four saxophones, bass and drums group, loved the critique because it confirmed the spirit that fuels the group. “I think music sometimes gets a little too serious and a little too intellectual,” he says. “I think one of the great things about this band is it knows how to have fun and not take itself too seriously.”

That should be apparent from the group’s name-stock-market jargon for the minimal recovery of an economic trend after it hits a steep decline-which Steckler defines alternately as evoking deceased jazz masters who bounce back to life through the group’s music. Yet its third CD, Home Speaks to the Wandering (Innova) proves that even if the group doesn’t take itself uber-seriously, Dead Cat’s music doesn’t joke around.

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