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In the tradition '70s FM radio, JamBase's Tuesday tradition offers readers a pair of fab tunes from an artist worthy of the Double Shot treatment.
This week we give the nod to Skerik, one of the most versatile, overall gifted and downright adventurous musicians on the planet right now (a view held by not a few folks, including JamBase's Associate Editor Dennis Cook). He's a musical mad hatter and a fizzy catalyst for unsafe, thoroughly satisfying testifying, and frankly we think he's freakin' great. Here's a couple killer-diller ditties with Ski-wreck in full swing.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.