Six Questions for … Tortoise

Chicago’s Tortoise is interviewed.

More than any other band, the veteran Chicago group has most singularly been associated with the largely instrumental, ’90s-born genre that incorporates all kinds of non-rock sounds yet most appealed to an indie-rock audience. The band’s latest album, “Beacons of Ancestorship,” is one of the most vigorous of its career, but still has some of the jazzy and ambient touches that made albums such as “Millions Now Living Will Never Die” and “TNT” enduring favorites. Herndon also plays in a large handful of avant-garde bands — Exploding Star Orchestra with Rob Mazurek, Powerhouse Sound with Ken Vandermark and A Fox Can Be Hungry with fellow Chicagoans — and explains why foreigners are more open to out-there sounds than Americans. Tortoise plays at the Black Cat on Sunday.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

24-Jun-09 Fred Anderson
Staying in the Game (Engine Studios)
Reviewed by Henry Smith

23-Jun-09 Objets Trouves
This Side Up (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

22-Jun-09 Katharina Weber
Woven Time (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

21-Jun-09 John Hebert
Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12 Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

21-Jun-09 Dave Fox Group featuring Bruce Eisenbeil
Home Again (Konnex Records)
Reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

19-Jun-09 Rob Mazurek / Tortoise
Rob Mazurek and Tortoise: New Chicago
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

19-Jun-09 Indigo Trio
Anaya (Rogueart Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

17-Jun-09 Tortoise
Beacons Of Ancestorship (Thrill Jockey)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

17-Jun-09 Stefan Keune / Hans Schneider / Achim Kramer
No Comment (FMP Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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