Skerik’s Syncopated Taint

Skerik’s many projects range from the shamelessly retro (McTuff) to the strenuously strange (Critters Buggin’), but the Taint’s always been right in my sweet spot - creative, horn-driven, acoustic groove-jazz with the sophisticated techniques of Mingus and the Meters’ sense of fun. It helps, too, that Skerik’s brought together the very top tier of Seattle players and given each their perfect setting. Seven years ago, the band played at the grand opening of the Triple Door and tonight the band returns to the club to celebrate the release of a live recording of that long-ago performance. The great Charlie Hunter, who does that guitar-and-bass-line thing, among other tricks, will open with his trio. MARK D. FEFER

Thu., May 20, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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