Collective member Robby Marshall is a young saxophonist/arranger whose song “Loft Scene” particularly caught my ear. Marshall is a versatile musician who can be found at local haunts with “genre bending” electric bands or playing with a smooth Getzian tone behind pop singer Michael Bublé. On “Loft Scene”, an infectious bass line lays out the groove and sets the backdrop for Marshall’s jam-band like, electronically enhanced saxophone. Some tasteful Dick Dale inspired guitar accents by Andrew McKay along with some electronic looping effects add unusual but potent elements of interest to the piece. At the break, drummer Cole changes time signatures and plays in a way reminiscent of the quirky but interesting 1990’s band Soul Coughing. Marshall shows an uncanny ability to color his compositions by using unusual pairings of musical sounds to great effect. His electric band has created a short but memorable crossbreed, a “genre bender” of sorts that successfully brings together elements of alternative rock; jam band jazz and electronica into a neat and effective statement.
April 16, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: fusion jazz
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