Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet

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Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet
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Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet, Portland, Oregon, June 25, 2005. Viewed left to right: Skerik, Dave Carter, Hans Teuber, Craig Flory
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Punk jazz, punk funk, funk rock, jazz, funk, jazz-funk
Years active 2002 - present
Labels Ropeadope Records, Hyena Records
Members Skerik
Dave Carter
Hans Teuber
Steve Moore
Craig Flory
Joe Doria
John Wicks

Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet (also known as SST7) is a jazz ensemble formed in Seattle, Washington in 2002.[1]


Although uniquely merging jazz and funk,[2] the music of Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet can also include "New Orleans flavors", solid grooves, swing and hip-hop combined into something both appealing and undefinable.[3][4][5] Their music has been self-described by Skerik as "...punk-jazz. Maybe a punk-jazz version of the Thelonious Monk Octet."[1] A theme in the music is a recognition that traditional jazz having reached a zenith in the early 1960s cannot be contained in reverence.[6] The Syncopated Taint Septet is a synthesis of traditional music with current and experimental music forms.[4] The project displays a band member equality with "leads being shared by everyone."[3]


Their first album Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet recorded live at the Owl and Thistle in Seattle and was released in 2003. It was reviewed as occasionally loud, yet also having a "spirited [and] immediate musicianship."[7] Although popularly associated with jam band music an improvisational distinction can be made regarding the large musical vocabulary displayed by the band in the recording.[8]

The second album Husky was released in 2006. It was recorded in the studio by S. Husky Höskulds all in one day and often in one take.[9] The album was reviewed for its strengths in "ensemble writing and musical structure."[9][10] The five-horn arrangements are written mostly by Hans Teuber and Steve Moore.[6] On the album there are suggestions of Thelonious Monk in its solos and Ornette Coleman in its melodies, yet there is also a hip-hop rhythmic sensibility.[2] Husky has been reviewed as the best jazz album of 2006.[11]

Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet, Portland, Oregon, June 25, 2005. Viewed left to right: Skerik, Joe Doria, Craig Flory


Skerik - tenor and baritone saxophone
Dave Carter - trumpet
Hans Teuber - alto saxophone and flute
Steve Moore - trombone and Wurlitzer electric piano
Craig Flory - baritone saxophone and clarinet
Joe Doria - Hammond Organ
John Wicks - drums



  1. ^ a b Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet, Biography
  2. ^ a b Jeff Tamarkin Husky
  3. ^ a b Sean Westergaard Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet
  4. ^ a b Courtnay Scott Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet: Husky 7/14/06
  5. ^ Lowenthal, Kevin (October 22, 2006). "Band is going places, without a road map". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  6. ^ a b Paul de Barros Seattle saxophonist's funky, artful septet, Jazz Etc. August 18, 2006
  7. ^ John Murph Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet January/February 2004
  8. ^ Mark Corroto Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet October 25, 2003
  9. ^ a b Chris M. Slawecki Husky July 11, 2006
  10. ^ Andrew Lindemann Malone Husky September 2006
  11. ^ Paul Olson Husky July 02, 2006

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