Tangled

Released October 21, 2016 through Opus Funkus Music.
OFM-27009

Endemic Ensemble: Tangled

PURCHASE

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PRESS QUOTES

Tangled, is packed to the brim with luminous melodies, splendid charts and engaging solos by all hands. (Jack Bowers, All About Jazz)

...here is a wonderful recording full of creative compositions and musicians who work together like a well-oiled machine. (Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs's Blog)

What this band best represents (for this listener, anyway) is the POWER that jazz can project, in all it's forms (Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation)

...their original hard bop is groovy and contagious (Dave Rogers, WTJU)

What recommends Endemic Ensemble's latest version is its non-stop musical hype through a bursting array of sonic colors and styles — pleasant and exciting enough to capture the hearts of both the jazz and non-jazz fans. (Carol Banks Weber, AXS)

REVIEWS

Endemic Ensemble: Tangled by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

Outstanding Pianists, A Gutsy Guitarist, Bass Band Leaders & Epic Ensembles by Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs's Blog

Issue # 167 reviews by Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation

New Jazz Adds – 11/15/2016 by Dave Rogers, WTJU

Endemic Ensemble entangles jazz melody with nightly mood by Carol Banks Weber, AXS

DETAILS

Tangled is the Endemic Ensemble's second full-length album. It is fifty-eight minutes long featuring nine songs of original music in styles ranging from post-bop to soul-jazz to bossa nova. The Endemic Ensemble's composers, Steve Messick, David Franklin (piano), and Matso Limtiaco (baritone saxophone and bass clarinet), each wrote three of the nine songs on the album, and they are joined by Travis Ranney (tenor and soprano saxophones) and Christian Krehbiel (drums).

TRACKS

1. Sugar Ant (5:17)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)
2. Tangled (5:56)
David Franklin, Diminished Fifth Music (BMI)
3. The Snort (5:55)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)
4. Change of Scenery (5:01)
Matso Limtiaco (ASCAP)
5. The Tolovana Stomp (8:49)
Matso Limtiaco (ASCAP)
6. Maui Chimes (5:20)
David Franklin, Diminished Fifth Music (BMI)
7. Goodbye, Old Friend (4:57)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)
8. Nassau Place (7:04)
David Franklin, Diminished Fifth Music (BMI)
8. Retro (9:39)
Matso Limtiaco (ASCAP)

CREDITS

Steve Messick - band leader, double bass
Travis Ranney - tenor and soprano saxophones
Matso Limtiaco - baritone saxophone and bass clarinet
David Franklin - piano
Christian Krehbiel - drums

Produced by Steve Messick

Recorded by Jay Follette at Avast! Recording in Seattle, WA on June 25 and 30, 2016
Mixed by Don Gunn at The Office in Seattle, WA on July 16 and 17, 2016
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering in Seattle, WA on August 19, 2016

Cover artwork and photography by Daniel Johnston (www.phantomspaceship.com)
Cover background photograph by Anna Langova
Photography by Katie Messick
Graphic Design by Mark Forrer

Lunar Recon

Released March 21, 2013 through Opus Funkus Music.
OFM-27007

Endemic Ensemble: Lunar Recon

PURCHASE

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Endemic Ensemble - Lunar Recon

DETAILS

Lunar Recon is a jazz EP containing three alternate takes from the Endemic Ensemble's 2012 album, Lunar, which made Lucid Culture's The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2012. Lunar Recon's version of "Lilu" has impelling solos from Travis Ranney (tenor saxophone) and Matso Limtiaco (baritone saxophone). Composer David Franklin states that this version is the most Lilu-like (Lilu is a cat). "Return of the Pelicans" differs from the version on Lunar in solo order and feel with sensitive solos from David Franklin (piano) and Steve Messick (double bass). Lunar Recon's version of "More Than Anything" brings us fabulous solos from Matso Limtiaco and Ken French (drums).

TRACKS

1. Lilu (5:27)
David Franklin, Diminished Fifth Music (BMI)
2. Return of the Pelicans (6:53)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)
3. More Than Anything (4:45)
David Franklin, Diminished Fifth Music (BMI)

CREDITS

Travis Ranney - alto and tenor saxophones
Matso Limtiaco - baritone saxophone
David Franklin - piano
Steve Messick - double bass, band leader
Ken French - drums

Produced by Steve Messick

Recorded by Jay Follette at Avast! Recording in Seattle, WA on May 28 and 29, 2011.
Mixed by Jay Follette at Avast! Recording in Seattle, WA on August 27, 28, and 29, 2011.
Mastered by Ross Nyberg at Ross Nyberg Mastering in Issaquah, WA on September 22, 2011.

Artwork by Eva Fury
Graphic Design by Mark Forrer

Lunar

Released March 1, 2012 through Pony Boy Records.
PB50174-2

Endemic Ensemble: Lunar

PURCHASE

Purchase Lunar at any of the following online retailers:

Lunar - Endemic Ensemble

Best Buy Barnes & Noble Frys CD Universe Pony Boy Records

PRESS QUOTES

Listed in Lucid Culture's The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2012.

With three first-rate composers, swinging rhythm, great tunes and purposeful playing - always in the service of the song, and usually anchored in the blues - this is one of 2012's standout albums (Lucid Culture)

Great writing, great players and great times...what more could you ask for? (Jazz Now! Seattle)

Endemic Ensemble's "LUNAR" manages to respect the hard-bop, big band, and classical, with an updated nod to a melodic, danceable mindset. That's hard in jazz. This band makes it look easy. (Carol Banks Weber, AXS)

REVIEWS

Endemic Ensemble Delivers a Gorgeously Tuneful 2012 Album by Lucid Culture

Endemic Ensemble turns 'Lunar' into a swanky jazz club experience by Carol Banks Weber, AXS

TRACKS

1. Lunar (4:43)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)
2. Return of the Pelicans (7:02)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)
3. Lilu (5:30)
David Franklin, Diminished Fifth Music (BMI)
4. March-Bop (1:36)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)
5. Solace (7:39)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)
6. 5 Syllables (6:46)
David Franklin, Diminished Fifth Music (BMI)
7. A Short Walk with Many Stops (0:48)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)
8. Spikenard (6:17)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)
9. Fred's Folly (1:16)
David Franklin, Diminished Fifth Music (BMI)
10. More Than Anything (4:43)
David Franklin, Diminished Fifth Music (BMI)
11. Do the Math (7:32)
Matso Limtiaco (ASCAP)

CREDITS

Travis Ranney - soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones
Matso Limtiaco - baritone saxophone and bass clarinet
David Franklin - piano
Steve Messick - double bass, band leader
Ken French - drums

Produced by Steve Messick

Recorded by Jay Follette at Avast! Recording in Seattle, WA on May 28 and 29, 2011.
Mixed by Jay Follette at Avast! Recording in Seattle, WA on August 27, 28, and 29, 2011.
Mastered by Ross Nyberg at Ross Nyberg Mastering in Issaquah, WA on September 22, 2011.

Artwork by Eva Fury
Photography by Katie Messick
Photoshop Magic by Mark Forrer
Graphic Layout by Greg Williamson