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Aldcroft, Ken / Convergence Ensemble / Sneaky Pete / Slugs'
Album:Sneaky Pete / Slugs' Collection:Jazz
Artist:Aldcroft, Ken / Convergence Ensemble Added:04/2013
Label:Trio Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2013-04-21 Pull Date:2013-06-23 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:9 Jun2 Jun26 May12 May5 May28 Apr

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 15, 2016:Rebop
Slugs' (V) / Sneaky Pete (D1/D2)
4.May 23, 2013:Rebop
Slugs': Suite For Sun Ra - Section Iii
2.Jun 07, 2013:No Cover, No minimum
5.May 09, 2013:Rebop
Slugs': Suite For Sun Ra - Section I
3.Jun 01, 2013:Music Casserole
Clydesdale (Neal/Shaw/Thomson)
6.May 05, 2013:Air Balloon Lane
Slugs' (V) / Sneaky Pete (D1/D2)

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-04-21 
Trio, 2012

AVANT-JAZZ – Canadian guitarist leads a very fine sextet, balancing free movement and cerebral composition. Aldcroft’s lightly jabbing sound sometimes steps in front but more often buries itself within the ensemble, providing texture and quiet guidance. The whole group is excellent, but Nicole Rampersaud’s rusty trumpet, Evan Shaw’s soulful sax and Joe Sorbara’s shape-shifting drums stand out the most.

Fo’s Picks: Disc I – 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 Disc II – 1, 3, 6, 7


1. 5:16 – starts slow & open; horns mope for a while, then it really heats up
2. 2:21 – creaky trumpet solo based on #1
3. 12:29 – quiet guitar noodling vs drum rumble; weary horns set up a glum march; solo sax skronk, then all-in; trombone & guitar bring it back
4. 2:47 – just trumpet & drums: slow, lopsided, clomping & wandering
5. 7:30 – sneaky theme falls apart; guitar weaves calmly through improv jungle
6. 2:17 – steady bass solo derived from #1
7. 2:12 – trio: melancholy sax & trumpet brood over grumbling drums
8. 13:35 – rises from near-silence to a thick, bubbling stew (excellent drums!); improv break slides into a wide-open, bass-led reinterpretation of #1
9. 3:06 – low-down, bluesy revision of #4 for trombone, bass & sax
10. 1:48 – solo guitar based on #1, quiet but with rising twitchiness
11. 15:30 – relaxed improv becomes a back-alley crawl; some open trio sections fill out the middle, then group agitation before end theme


Tracks 1-6 are a suite. #1 stands alone, others lead right into each other.
1. 2:07 – guitar & bass spar quietly, settle into cool stroll, band picks up riff
2. 5:21 – low, sluggish ensemble; sax leads a series of poses, stroll resumes
3. 5:31 – lopes along with guitar; sax adds a bit of blues, trombone wanders
4. 3:02 – chattering horn improv, settles back gradually, and the stroll resumes
5. 7:43 – relaxed sax/bass duet sets up warped ensemble; trombone growl
6. 3:28 – strained trumpet solo slips into a cool little ensemble groove
7. 14:43 – furtive bass/drum intro; horns smear a theme; snappy boppish walk; quiet trumpet/guitar break; slow, drawn-out melody, paranoid guitar

[ Fo ] - 21 April 2013

Track Listing
1.Solo 10.Solo (Aldcroft)
2.Solo (Rampersaud) 11.Sneaky Pete
3.Insight 12.Slugs': Suite For Sun Ra - Section I
4.Clydesdale (Rampersaud/Sorbara) 13.Slugs': Suite For Sun Ra - Section Ii
5.Berne-Ing 14.Slugs': Suite For Sun Ra - Section Iii
6.Solo (Neal) 15.Slugs': Suite For Sun Ra - Section Iv
7.Smatter (Rampersaud/Shaw/Sorbara) 16.Slugs': Suite For Sun Ra - Section V
8.Insight/Solo 17.Slugs': Suite For Sun Ra - Section Vi
9.Clydesdale (Neal/Shaw/Thomson) 18.Slugs' (V) / Sneaky Pete (D1/D2)