Josh Jefferson is a collage artist and a alto saxophone and bass clarinet player whose music can not be easily confined to such limiting descriptions as noise, free jazz, improv, etc. He plays locally in the groups Skinny Vinny, Duck That, Hospice for the 300 and Grizzlier and has developed a highly idiosyncratic approach to his instruments and a sharp edged approach to what we once knew as music.
Jefferson is a player with deft reflexes and coordination, and a master of
what could be called 'protective mimicry,' if he were not so original. In his
playing he may evoke meadows rife with wildlife, the long trill of a hermit
thrush underscored by the bellow of bullfrogs--or, the roar of a crocodile
splashing into the Everglades of his native Florida. Equally at home in solo or
group settings, he makes each context a true environment, with an ear quick
to pick up on what his fellow musicians are doing, and nimbly knits together
audience and group in sympathetic union.