Featuring Ari Hoenig, Tim Motzer, Chris Cuzme, and Ben Bocardo.
Jazzheads - Avant Wot Not (1k), the first standard-issue CD on Tim Motzer's label 1k. Recorded in December of 1998 and re-released in the fall 2008 to celebrate the bands 10 year anniversary, and with the added promise of some long-overdue live shows. This 10-track effort (made up of super jazz drummer Ari Hoenig, guitarist/composer Tim Motzer, saxophonist Chris Cuzme, and bassist Ben Bocardo) is a nimble, all instrumental excursion into the disparate corners of all that boogies, simmers and swings, from acid jazz to improv, from drum n bass to funk. The playing in dizzyingly fine throughout. But what's most compelling about avant wot not is its unhampered sense of fun, an "up" vibe that carries listeners over some rough compositional patches and murky stylistic transitions.
That giddy quotient should come as no surprise, seeing as Jazzheads were, in essence, born out of a simple love of playing. "Ari Hoenig and myself kind of met through the house band at Silk City," Motzer recalls. "He used to come out and listen every Monday night. One night we started talking, and he said, 'Hey man, you want to come out and play some night?' And I said, 'Sure man, let's do it.' I had a bunch of tunes, we booked some gigs and it just jelled."
"The record is kind of looking back at what has gone down-from the 70's up to this moment in time-and also looking a bit toward the future," says Motzer...back when the jam band scene was in it's infancy. (from an interview from the Philly Weekly.Philadelphia 1999)
released September 9, 2008
Ari Hoenig (drums, jingle stick, shells)
Tim Motzer (guitars, guitar synth, banjo, mandolin)
Chris Cuzme (saxophones, didgeridoo)
Ben Bocardo (upright electric and fender bass)
with special guests:
Dan Sears (trumpet, and flugelhorn on hollands tunnel, fourth world + triangulus)
Philip Yaeger (trombone on hollands tunnel, fourth world + triangulus)
Jim Hamilton (percussion on near fatal funk)
Recorded and mixed by Brian Boland at Rittenhouse Recording Philadelphia December 1998 assisted by Jim Hamilton. Mastered by Brian Boland at Nautica. Produced by Tim Motzer for 1k Recordings
Cover art painting by Tim Motzer & Ellie Perez
Design: Jon Wood & Tim Motzer
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As a big fan of the first Fractal Guitar album I had to restrain myself not to buy it before Bandcamp Friday arrived. No-brainer for me (the more as Stephan Thelen now is part of the MoonJune family).
And to repeat myself: Music that is as abstract as accessible, a real treat!
Stephan, bei Teil 3 bin ich auch wieder dabei :-) Carsten Pieper
About 1/3 thru it so far, and already i agree that this is an important performance to release to the public. “Cusp” and “Larks 2” are worth the price of admission alone.
(Frustrated to learn of this October release in December, but i guess that just means i need to pay more attention to social media...?) cuzn ed
This is an excellent album from Markus Reuter, accompanied by Fabio Trentini on Fretless Bass and Asaf Sirkis on acoustic drums recorded live in the studio. The interplay among these musicians is amazing throughout and, for me, this is true "progressive" music, as it charts new territory and leaves behind well-trodden cliches. It's challenging music that rewards a mindful listen. Put it on and listen through the whole album without modern social media distractions and you will see what I mean. Jerry F
Thank you for being temporarily inconvenienced and producing this voluptuous collection. ;)
The beauty and magic that came out of the ugliness of 2020. Artists locked away and confined who were compelled to produce AMAZING WORK that we would have never. heard before. Jonathan Pryor