Skerik Skerik

The Syncopated Taint Septet formed unexpectedly and organically in the summer of 2002 when Skerik was at home in Seattle between tours. Talking with long-time comrade and baritone saxophonist Craig Flory, Skerik decided to reactivate a sax-and-organ group with Joe Doria on Hammond organ and John Wicks on drums. Soon, the horn count increased as Skerik enlisted fellow Seattle musicians Dave Carter on trumpet, Hans Teuber on alto saxophone on flute, and Steve Moore on trombone and Wurlitzer electric piano, packing the harmonies (and the stage) with a five-horn front line. From the beginning, Skerik invited all of the musicians to suggest ideas and write music for the band. “The great part about this band is everyone writes music for the group. For me, these guys represent what is best about Seattle musicians: very strong improvisational ability combined with unique, creative musical compositions.”

Skerik took the name “Syncopated Taint” from a description used by Harry J. Anslinger, the appointed Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics from 1930 to 1962. In the same type of puritanical, xenophobic 1930s climate that gave rise to Hitler in Germany, Anslinger pursued a zealous, sensationalistic, and often racist mission in the United States to demonize drugs and the people who use them. His campaign had a particular bias against jazz musicians, who Anslinger saw as satanic addicts responsible for the spread of marijuana use among the nation's impressionable youth. Among several other disturbing remarks to Congress, Anslinger famously differentiated between “jazz music” and “good music”. “Syncopated taint” was another term he used to refer to the rhythmic and moral contaminations he perceived in jazz.

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Album Husky by Skerik

Husky

Hyena Records
2006

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Album Left For Dead In Seattle by Skerik

Left For Dead In...

Self Produced
2006

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Album Mylab by Wayne Horvitz

Mylab

Terminus Records
2004

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Album Syncopated Taint Septet by Skerik

Syncopated Taint...

Unknown label
2003

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Album Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet by Skerik

Skerik's Syncopated...

Unknown label
2003

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Don't Wanna

Don't Wanna

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