Billy Martin and Wil Blades Duo
Drummer Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood and up and coming organist Wil Blades come together for a new duo project. After two highly successful shows in San Francisco and New Orleans, Martin and Blades are taking the show on the road. The duo's music is at once danceable and highly improvisational.
With a steady base as one-third of the renowned experimental jazz trio Medeski, Martin, & Wood, drummer Billy Martin has become one of the most forward-thinking, innovative, and influential percussionists in the music world. His ultra-sensitive, hyper-melodic drumming -- which explores the ideas of jazz, hip-hop, electronica, African music, and other genres -- has an organic feel to it, filled with soft, natural edges and fluid energies. When not performing with Medeski Martin & Wood, Martin continues to collaborate with other musicians in improvisational projects, many of which are documented on his own Amulet Records imprint, which he founded in 1995.
Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area's first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the world. For several years, he has been named in the Downbeat critics poll under "Rising Star" for organ. Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and "Groove" Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. Wil has performed and recorded with John Lee Hooker, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Anders Osborne Scott Amendola and many others.
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Baker's Dozen is comprised of Will Bernard - Guitar, Tim Luntzel - bass, Andrew Borger - drums and Jon Cowherd - keyboards.
For the Brooklyn Bowl on Feb. 26 Dan Reiser will fill in for Andrew Borger
Baker's Dozen is a band dreamed up by drummer Andy Borger and guitarist Will Bernard in a hotel room in Live Oak Florida. The idea came to them while they were watching the 1977 B horror movie "The Car". Filling out the rest of the band was easy. Bassist Tim Luntzel and keyboardist John Cowherd immediately came to mind as the obvious choices for their musicality and humor.
The material the band plays starts with the cult classic 1959 record by Guitarist Mickey Baker called "The Wildest guitar". Mickey who is known by most for his jazz guitar instructional books and his Mickey and Sylvia hit "Love is strange" also had an approach during this period that could be described as a surf and R n B style of playing blues and standards. Mickey's style lends itself to a modern interpretation that can work on or off the dance floor.