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GATO LOCO DE BAJO
Live at Downtown Music Gallery, NYC
August 16, 2009, 6 p.m.

Stefan Zeniuk: bass saxophone & composition
Clifton Hyde: baritone acoustic guitar & composition
Jesse Selengut: flugelhorn (and plastic bag)
Ari Folman-Cohen: bass (and shopping cart)
Kevin Garcia: percussion (including shekere, triangle, bongos)
On one ratchety song, they played their plastic bottles of water.


by Steve Koenig


These Gatos are something else, all right. There is an easy camaraderie, which you can hear throughout this set. Most or all of the pieces are composed, with sections for improvisation, but I don't know whether I was struck more by the aural textures or by the totally ass-shaking grooves they summon. Guitarist Clifton Hyde, after the set, said to me, "You can't go wrong with The Meters!"

Hyde was tonight's announced performer at DMG and he brought four friends with him, together making up the assemblage Gato Loco de Bajo. I first heard Hyde perform solo a few years back at Downtown Music Gallery's regular free (free admission as well as free improvisation) Sunday evening concert series. I recall thinking him part Derek Bailey and part Eugene Chadbourne. I later saw him in a very different kind of set at Roulette. Here again, totally different. The man has range.

They have one album out so far, Coconiño, on their Gato Loco Musica label; they describe it as a "single composition which incorporates salsa, mambo, son, and plenty of NYC funk and grit."

You're sure to be hearing about these guys more in these pages and elsewhere, but for now, just a reminder to thank our musicians by attending their gigs and purchasing their discs.

Thanks to Bruce Gallanter and the Downtown Music Gallery for giving a home every Sunday, for over a decade, to musicians of all extremes of fame and to patrons with open ears. Never once are you implored to make a purchase, which in turn, makes you happy to shop there. Use their link below for easy internet shopping; their search engine is a wiz and a whiz! Plug in Clifton Hyde, then Stefan Zeniuk.

Happy Listening!

downtownmusicgallery.com
gatolocomusica.com
cliftonhyde.com
jesseselengut.com
kevinjoaquingarcia.com

© (p) 2009 Sound recording by Steven Koenig; all rights retained by the individual musicians.

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