Gordon Grdina's Boxcutter | New Rules For Noise

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New Rules For Noise

by Gordon Grdina's Boxcutter

Jazz, Free Improvisation.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Peripheral Ghosts
7:37 album only
2. Burning Bright
3:59 album only
3. Junk Drawer
7:06 album only
4. Yellow Spot into the Sun
6:52 album only
5. The Good News
3:04 album only
6. Nayeli Joon
6:36 album only
7. Big Man, Get Down!
2:41 album only
8. Weeble Wobble
3:40 album only
9. The Bad News
3:33 album only
10. Plan of Attack
3:06 album only
11. W. W. T. W. D.
4:16 album only


Album Notes

Gordon Grdina, guitar

Francois Houle, clarinets

Karlis Silins, bass

Kenton Loewen, drums

Box Cutter cuts through stylistic boundaries. The players weave in and out of free-form improvisations, grooves, and lyrical melodic statements with equal enjoyment. The band leaves no stone unturned, making use of every possibility that presents itself. This is a band that loves to improvise. It will make music out of anything: the sound of wind, a chime, a feel, a phrase, a tune... Box Cutter feels equally at home making music out of pure sound and texture as making a soulful melody sing.

What the critics are saying:

Gordon Grdina\'s Box Cutter: Unlearn (2006, Spool/Line): Oh dear, another good guitar album! Grdina is based on Vancouver. Plays oud and an interest in Arabic classical music, but here it\'s just guitar, in a quartet with François Houle on clarinets. Houle is terrific. Grdina mostly pushes things along, momentum the secret of the success. [B+(***)]
--Tom Hull



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joseph malvestuto

new rules for noise
Grdina is amazing, love his compositions..saw Sangha in Guelph in '08'...band is great..Francois is simply one of the most amazing musicians on the planet..seen him perform numerous times...same goes foe "Unlearn" nuff said, cheers

Frederick Allen

Cuts Like A.....
With a group name like Boxcutter and that album title, you might expect an industrial skronk-fest. Actually, this record covers a solid range of edgy free jazz and post-bop and does it very well. The last track is even C&W-tinged and would not be out of place on a Bill Frisell record. Grdina doesn't sound like Frisell, though....maybe more towards the Joe Morris side of things. And any reccrd with Francois Houle is bound to be good.