Our first album with Winter & Winter, recorded live on the steps of a chateau in Bordeaux, and produced in conjunction with Patrick Duvall & Musique de Nuit, this is a barn-stormer of a documentation. Following 2 weeks as artists-in-residence, we recorded the album during the final 2 nights of our stay, one session in a back-yard house party and the other on a big ol’ festival stage.
“A real barnburner!” (Paris DJs.com)
“Intense latin brass reveals the unsuspected connections between the origins of mambo and the abstraction of free jazz, while a battalion of percussion and lascivious guitars shakes the audience into a betwitching frenzy.” (Arte Live)
“…perfect for the dance floor. And if for some reason you can’t find the groove — wait a few seconds.” (WNYC)“This band brims with enthusiasm and sounds like the
orgasmic lovemaking between James Brown and Tito Puente.” (De Volkskrant, NL)
“This NYC band has been knocking my socks off. Gato Loco is an 11-piece ensemble that combines the cinematic majesty and anything-goes eclecticism of Ennio Morricone, the ragged, rough-edged junkyard Tin Pan Alley blues of Tom Waits, robust horn parts akin to the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and the perverse humor and compositional complexity of Frank Zappa, yet they present these influences in an overall package that sounds entirely unique and fresh. These compositions are mostly by saxophonist Stefan Zeniuk, but make no mistake, this is entirely a group effort; no instrument sounds replaceable or unnecessary here, and everything locks together into sensual grooves and jagged angles, flirting with knife-edged tangos, noirish jazz motifs, Latin flourishes, and a ripping punk sensibility that recalls John Zorn’s pioneering work with his Naked City ensemble. This is, without question, one of the best instrumental albums I’ve heard all year; every time I play it in our shop literally everyone approaches to ask what is on the stereo. I cannot recommend this one more highly, folks — this is a band to watch, and I’m excited to hear where they go next.” (Other Music)