(Drip Audio/Maximum Jazz)
Carsick — the band and their eponymous album — is an interesting exercise is avant-garde jazz taken from an entirely new perspective. A guitar and coronet is an odd combination, but it is a combination that works because the playing is well-executed. Dave Sikula uses the guitar quite often as a brace for JP Carter’s rips and snorts. He doesn’t twist and barb the instrument in the ways avant-garde legends James Blood Ulmer and Sonny Sharrock have. Instead, he uses it to add subtle charm to the space around Carter, who uses the sonic attack of Albert Ayler and Lester Bowie. Sheets of sonic dissonance prevail. Carsick uses a slow, progressive approach where a lot of free/avant-garde players are aggressive. A great record for genre fans.