Gauthier, Jeff - House of Return
"Violinist Jeff Gauthier's Goatette cuts an impressively wide musical swath. "House of Return," Gauthier's 5th recording as a leader, moves effortlessly from moody acoustic jazz to creative new music, to skronk fusion and electronic space jam. Voted a "Rising Star" as both violinist and producer in the 2007 Downbeat Critics Poll, Gauthier continues his subversive plot to destroy all musical boundaries, as well as boundaries of good taste. "House of Return" features Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Alex Cline, pianist David Witham, and bassist Joel Hamilton. The LA Times says, "Gauthier's compositions are quirky and offbeat, bubbling with unexpected rhythms and warm lyricism." BBCi says 'Gauthier and his group show how it should be done, rooting themselves solidly in the jazz tradition while at the same time extending and revitalizing it.'"