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NY Times Music Review: Four Members Who Play in Multifarious Styles All About Jazz Review Ted Poor-Drums Gary Versace-Organ Bad Touch Myspace Loren Stillman-saxophone Nate Radley-Guitar Official Website of Bad Touch

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Like a Magic Kiss

by Bad Touch

Bad Touch – alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, guitarist Nate Radley, organist Gary Versace and drummer Ted Poor – is a new music collective based in New York city. The group plays original compositions that evolve through melodic deconstruction.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bad Touch
7:32 $0.99
2. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Magic Kiss
1:17 $0.99
3. Like a Magic Kiss
6:38 $0.99
4. Wade
10:53 $0.99
5. Man of Mystery
4:24 $0.99
6. Skin
9:18 $0.99
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In a musical age of predominantly solo careers, Bad Touch – alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, guitarist Nate Radley, organist Gary Versace, and drummer Ted Poor – has set out to nurture their identity as a collective. With a shared goal of developing improvised music, these likeminded musicians draw on a wide spectrum of jazz improvisational techniques within original compositions. Bad Touch believes that mutual friendship and commitment yields the most fulfilling musical adventures, and aims for their work to reflect this philosophy.

As freelance musicians, each has collaborated, recorded, and traveled internationally with some of the most established names in jazz, including Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Cuong Vu, Chris Potter, Ben Monder, Billy Hart, John Scofield, Maria Schneider, John Abercrombie, Al Foster and Charlie Haden.

Like a Magic Kiss marks the first self-release by the collective. Tour dates are available at

“This exploratory quartet relies on the collective input of the alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, the guitarist Nate Radley, the organist Gary Versace and the drummer Ted Poor: resourceful improvisers, to a man.” (Chinen, NyTimes)

“Originally the brainchild of local saxist Loren Stillman, Bad Touch has evolved into a collective quartet, featuring the reedman, guitarist Nate Radley, organist Gary Versace and drummer Ted Poor. The band’s quirkily soulful mix hinges on Versace’s vintage tones.” (Chinen, NyTimes)



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Juerg Sommer

Bravissimo !
Betörende Soundlandschaften
Der selbstironische Quartettname "Bad Touch" und das in diskutabler "arte povera"-Manier gestaltete CD-Behältnis wirken vorerst verstörend: "Bad Touch" ist aber ohne Zweifel eine der vielversprechendsten jungen Bands aus New York. Ihre Soundlandschaften und die mal betörend schrägen, mal vertrackt schönen Melodien wurzeln in der Tradition um Lee Konitz, Wayne Shorter und Anthony Braxton mit einem Schuss ECM-Aesthetik und neu belebten Anklängen an Tony Williams' Gruppe "Lifetime": Ueber der Grundierung von Gary Versaces Orgel agieren neben dem stupenden Altsaxophonisten Loren Stillman die beiden Newcomer Nate Radley (Gitarre) und der ganz interaktiv agierende Klangmaler Ted Poor am Schlagzeug. Die von den Musikern selbst produzierte CD ist nicht im Handel erhältlich, aber problemlos bestellbar auf der Bandwebsite und beim zuverlässigen Mailorderdienst .
Jürg Sommer