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Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet: Husky

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The five-horn frontline of Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet, led by the one-named Skerik on tenor sax, can make gripping chaos from contrary motion or craft harmonies at once soft and rich. Joe Doria’s Hammond B3 and the drum work of John Wicks solidify the bass lines and amplify the funk and hip-hop rhythms that drive so many of the septet’s tunes. But what sets the Syncopated Tainters apart from mere jam-masters is their command of ensemble writing and musical structure-almost every song on Husky has some delicious, mesmerizing twist that keeps you listening for more.

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