“Southern Nightmare Jazz”
Worst Spills is a new project by Joel Nelson (Ghost Food, Silica Gel), Jacquie Cotillard (The Earth Hotel),
and friends evoking a dark and tangled vision of what some call "Southern Nightmare Jazz". The tracks
were each performed as improvisations based on a theme, with Nelson playing guitar, synth & arranging
and Cotillard intoning spoken riddles and playing saxophone. Ryan Brown and James Elliot join on bass
and drums, jamming out heavy rhythms that are doomy yet nimble. Influenced by the Bay Area improv
scene that Nelson has played in for the past few years, he explores a distinctively noir-ish sound with
collaborators in Birmingham on this debut outing.