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Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde

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Jacob Garchik’s vision has yielded arrangements for the Kronos Quartet, performances with everyone from Henry Threadgill to Lee Konitz and an inventive tribute to the trombone-choir gospel tradition wherein Garchik plays all the instruments. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the trombonist’s new effort treads onto progressive-rock territory, utilizing three adventurous guitarists.

But that’s only half of it. Ye Olde is a concept album, with a theme worthy of the heyday of prog-rock, albeit with tongue wedged firmly in cheek. Inspired by the preponderance of faux Medieval architecture in Brooklyn, Garchik envisions his quintet as Gen-X warriors on a quest to protect the character of these buildings from arch villains who would cover them in vinyl siding. The plot (in 14 tracks) involves a possum, a Lady of the Lake and other beings, all mapped out in a poem on the cover.

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