Endemic Ensemble
Opus Funkus Music (OFM-27009)

Released October 21, 2016 through Opus Funkus Music.

Endemic Ensemble: Tangled


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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)


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


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).


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)
9. Retro (9:39)
Matso Limtiaco (ASCAP)


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