Cactus Truck

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Cactus Truck - Jazz Free Improvisation free jazz Live Act in Amsterdam

Cactus Truck Short Info

Based in Amsterdam, this fire-breathing improvisational trio is comprised of bassist/guitarist Jasper Stadhouders, drummer Onno Govaert, and American-born saxophonist John Dikeman. The band plays a take-no-prisoners, high-energy brand of free jazz strongly influenced by the likes of Albert Ayler and Peter Brötzmann at their most intense (they also claim that their music includes elements of Delta blues, Japanese noise, and no wave). Cactus Truck self-released an eponymous CD-R in 2011 and followed that up with a 2012 cassette release (featuring Terrie Ex from the Ex) entitled Macho Sex; their first “official” album, Brand New for China!, arrived in March of 2012 on the Public Eyesore label. In late October through mid-December of that year, Cactus Truck stormed the United States with a massive 37-date tour that saw the trio tearing it up across the country, up the East Coast from Atlanta to Boston, across the Midwest and West, down the West Coast from Seattle to Los Angeles, and finally wending their way back east for three final dates in New York City. Selections from the tour (recorded at Squidco Records in Wilmington, Delaware with guest trombonist Jeb Bishop; Astro Black Records in Louisville, Kentucky; and the final show at JACK in N.Y.C. with guest trumpeter Roy Campbell) were featured on the Live in USA album, released in March 2013 by the band’s Tractata Records imprint in collaboration with the eh? label.

Dave Lynch, AllMusic

Based in Amsterdam, this fire-breathing improvisational trio is comprised of bassist/guitarist Jasper Stadhouders, drummer Onno Govaert, and American-born saxophonist John Dikeman. The band plays a take-no-prisoners, high-energy brand of free jazz strongly influenced by the likes of Albert Ayler and Peter Brötzmann at their most intense (they also claim that their music includes elements of Delta blues, Japanese noise, and no wave). Cactus Truck self-released an eponymous CD-R in 2011 and followed that up with a 2012 cassette release (featuring Terrie Ex from the Ex) entitled Macho Sex; their first “official” album, Brand New for China!, a...

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Past Gigs Cactus Truck

  • 12 | 2014 Milwaukee Sugar Maple
  • 12 | 2014 Chicago Constellation
  • 12 | 2014 Cleveland Hinter Records
  • 12 | 2014 Buffalo Hallwalls
  • 12 | 2014 New York City Northern Spy night at Trans Pecos
  • 12 | 2014 Philadelphia Pageant Gallery
  • 12 | 2014 Baltimore 14K Cabaret
  • 12 | 2014 West Columbia Conundrum
  • 12 | 2014 New Orleans Blue Nile
  • 12 | 2014 Houston Avant Garden
  • 12 | 2014 San Antonio Dorćol Distilling Company
  • 12 | 2014 Austin Epistrophy Arts
  • 12 | 2014 Dallas Masterclass
  • 12 | 2014 Fayetteville Sam's Art Space
  • 11 | 2014 St Louis Lemp Arts Center
  • 11 | 2014 Chicago Amsterdam Real Book
  • 11 | 2014 London London Jazz Festival
  • 09 | 2014 Krakow Krakow Jazz Autumn
  • 01 | 2013 Dublin 12 Points Festival
  • 11 | 2012 Chicago Umbrella Music
  • 03 | 2012 St Johann in Tirol Art Acts Festival
  • 01 | 2011 USA - Europe Over 150 concerts to date

Discography Cactus Truck

  • 2014 Seizures Palace Album | Not Two Records
  • 2013 Live in USA Album | Tractata Records
  • 2013 Scattered Ghosts Album | No Basement is Deep Enough
  • 2012 Cactus Truck Album | Public Eyesore
  • 2012 Macho Sex - with Terrie Ex Album | Beyt al Tapes

Media

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Origin

  • Amsterdam NL

Founded

  • 2011

Members

  • John Dikeman saxophone
  • Jasper Stadhouders guitar, bass
  • Onno Govaert drums

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