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Rough Mix

Weeeeeeeee: Small Axe’s latest.

WHERE THEREíS SMOKE, THEREíS Small Axe: Area heavy-rock legends Small Axe released a new album this past spring, Ride to the Bottom, and itís just as smoking as would befit the Round Lake power trio. From those who brought forth A Shot to the Body and A Blow to the Head, expect a slow burn of pain and fury. Yes, Small Axe will maim, but youíll be thankful for it. While their crunchy thrash annihilates the senses, the musicís hypnotizing chug heals our long-lost relationships with intuition and freedom. Itís a win-win situation. And, really, who better to ride to the bottom with, when it comes down to it? Youíve got to get there somehow.

Ride to the Bottom, produced by Small Axe for HoeX Records, features the bandís older lineup, with former bassist Jimbo Burton providing the big bottom (he went in search of a solo career, and found one: He now churns out quality releases in a mad-scientist frenzy). Guitarist-vocalist D.J. Miller and drummer Thom Hall carry on in their mission to whoop ass, and have made a great choice with new bassist Orien MacDonald, a glovelike fit whoís been with Small Axe since late last winter. You can expect an upcoming review of the album in these here pages, but until then, head over to, their new Web site (which isnít completely finished yet), or contact HoeX Records at 421-8892,

Sensemaya, I hardly even know her.

JAZZINí IT UP AT JUSTINíS: Just when you thought our areaís jazz scene was about as good as it could get, Albany jazz diplomat Adrian Cohen takes it up another notch. Heís schemed up a residency at Justinís that includes two talented Latin music ensembles, Sensemaya and Mundo Nuevo, who will perform on alternating Wednesday nights.

This Wednesday (Nov. 26), the dynamic Mundo Nuevo will kick off the series with their infectious Latin dancehall music. With traditional instruments, the quintet will perform renditions of tunes from the Buena Vista Social Club, danceable ditties from the Caribbean and Cuba and more. The following Wednesday, Dec. 3, Latin jazz sextet Sensemaya will take the Justinís stage. New additions to the Capital Region jazz scene, the band are led by 23-year-old pianist David Gleason, a specialist in music from the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico and various other South American countries.

The bands promise to put a little oomph in your humpday, so head to Justinís (301 Lark St., Albany) on Wednesdays for a brief holiday away from the ice and snow thatís surely just around the corner. For further information, contact Adrian at or 426-8004.

Clashin’ up the joint.

HEY ROB, THE PHONEíS FOR YOU; ITíS LONDON: Local song-spinner Rob Skane is putting together a tribute to the Clash and Joe Strummer, scheduled for Dec. 13 at Valentineís, and thereís still room on the roster for a couple more Clash-loving bands. He knows youíre out there. So, donít be shy, contact Rob Skane, or Valentineís proprietor Howard Glassman, 432-6572, to get on board.

Something special youíd like to see in Rough Mix? Contact or call 463-2500 ext. 145.

óKate Sipher

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