Endemic Ensemble
Lunar
Pony Boy Records (PB50174-2)

Released March 1, 2012 through Pony Boy Records.

Endemic Ensemble: Lunar

PURCHASE

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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

DETAILS

Lunar is the Endemic Ensemble's debut album containing eleven tracks of contemporary jazz written by band members Steve Messick, David Franklin, and Matso Limtiaco. The music focuses on accessible melodies over hard-bop changes with inspiration from twentieth century classical music and horn backgrounds reminiscent of Joe Henderson and Art Blakey. Lunar features Travis Ranney on soprano, alto, and tenor saxes, Matso Limtiaco on baritone sax and bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, Steve Messick on double bass, and Ken French on drums.

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
Photo Editing by Mark Forrer
Graphic Layout by Greg Williamson