#71 ART JACKSON'S ATROCITY Gout (Remastered & Expanded)

by Art Jackson's Atrocity

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Reprinted from Never Get Out Of The Boat, 2007

Art Jackson's Atrocity - Gout (1974)
Unreleased Miles Davis Proteges

This is the tale of one of the great lost experimental jazz/rock albums. According to legend, Gout was bankrolled by Miles Davis in 1974, delivered to Columbia Records and pressed for promotion… then summarily abandoned by the label. Reasons, besides its lack of commercial potential, are unclear. Though theories range from guitarist Art Jackson’s already developed heroin addiction to Columbia’s desire to distance themselves from a band that may have included a few radical Black Panthers. Reportedly, when Miles (with his own drug problems) began withdrawing into seclusion, so did the desire to release Gout. Specializing in free form, live-in-the-studio, jazz/rock experimentation, The Atrocity was a chaotic, 8 to 11 piece collective fronted by the 20 year old Jackson – whose guitar explorations were prone to both violent outbursts and spacey sonic excursions. No charts, no songs, no rhyme or reason. Driven by extra heavy propulsion drumming, the musical interplay between the players suggests a drug fueled free for all.

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released March 22, 2016

Art Jackson: guitar
Artis Killins: bass
Pharaoh Keyes: piano
Pete Jay: guitar
Eric Gaye: saxophone
Joseph Mix: saxophone
Kurtis Snider: drums

Produced by Doug Johnston

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