Slow/Fast’s “Settle”

Reedman, composer, Bang-on-a-Can-All-Star and Gutbucket alum Ken Thomson leads his Slow/Fast Quintet Russ Johnson, trumpet; Nir Felder, guitar; Adam Armstrong, bass; Fred Kennedy, drums — through a universe of musical possibilities on the group’s September, 2014 release “Settle.” Everyone here is a virtuoso, which helps with music as technically demanding and intricate as Thomson’s, but that’s not the point of his magical compositions. “Settle” is new music, modern music. It’s simultaneously jazz, rock, chamber, classical — and precisely none of those things. We think Slow/Fast’s “Settle” might be the most interesting recording of the year.

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