Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble "Sneaky Pete-Slugs'" CD Release and Debut of "Tangent", The Music Gallery, December 9, 2012.
Guitarist Ken Aldcroft's latest album Sneaky Pete/Slugs', is in fact a double, the second disc a lengthy suite inspired by Sun Ra. In a sure sign of fertile productivity, he celebrated the release by debuting another extended suite, this one a tribute to Eric Dolphy. The players here (Wes Neal: double bass; Nicole Rampersaud: trumpet; Evan Shaw: alto sax; Joe Sorbara: drums; Scott Thomson: trombone) were all familiar to me, and while the band was well-rehearsed in the melodies and basic structure of the piece, there was a lot of room for improvisation. It was a real joy watching these top-notch players at work, keeping an eye on each other, and communicating in a series of gestures that made them look like a SWAT team about to burst through an especially mysterious door. This new album (as well as Aldcroft's many other projects) can be found at his Trio Records page.