House of Return, Violinist Jeff Gauthier's 5th recording as a leader, moves effortlessly from moody acoustic jazz to creative new music, skronk fusion and electronic space jam. Voted a Rising Star as violinist and producer in the 2007 Downbeat Critics Poll, Gauthier continues his subversive plot to destroy all musical boundaries. House of Return features Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Alex Cline, pianist David Witham, and bassist Joel Hamilton.
BBCi says "Gauthier and his group show how it should be done, rooting themselves solidly in the jazz tradition while at the same time extending and revitalizing it."
A superlative group effort that displays their empathy for structure and form, as well as their capacity for freewheeling creative expression, House of Return is a gorgeous document from an underexposed West Coast ensemble that deserves wider acclaim. -Troy Collins
Jeff Gauthier (violin, electric violin, effects, percussion); Nels Cline (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, effects, percussion); David Whitham (piano, keyboards, effects); Joel Hamilton (bass); Alex Cline (drums, percussion)