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Dave King Trucking Company: Good Old Light

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Dave King’s career sounds as ferociously energized as his playing. Best known for his high-octane drumming with the Bad Plus, King also belongs to eight other bands, according to his website. If that weren’t enough, last year he released a solo album of himself on drums and piano. His latest release, Good Old Light, features the newest of his bands exploring what might have resulted “if the great Nashville bands of the ’60s and ’70s could improvise and were Coltrane fanatics.”

Joining King are his frequent collaborators Erik Fratzke on guitar, Chris Speed and Brandon Wozniak on tenor saxes, and Adam Linz on acoustic bass-but not on the opening track, “April in Gary,” a somber, brooding piece that King plays unaccompanied on piano and seems a transition (or leftover) from his solo album. Most everything that follows from the Trucking Company is what you’d expect from a King band: lots of speed, vigor, improvisation and an eagerness to reach outside jazz itself for inspiration.

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