For six nights from September 27 to October 6, New York City funk- groove quintet Second Movement (www.secondmovement.com, www.myspace.com/secondmovementmusic) and Texas jazz-funk trio Drop Trio (www.droptrio.com, www.myspace.com/droptrio) will bring their groove-driven jazz-funk to six of the best venues in the East and Midwest.
Formed in 2003, Second Movement has emerged as an energetic and original voice within the jamband and jazz scenes. In addition to their showcase at this year's South by Southwest Music Festival, Second Movement has headlined festivals and clubs along the East Coast and in the Midwest.
Second Movement's self-titled debut LP, which is available on iTunes and CD Baby, has been met with critical acclaim, yielding such comments as a wide and varied statement that personifies the idea of jazz funk" and succeeds in providing fresh new material for those who long for that hard-driving funky taste of jazz. Loud, boisterous and bursting with energy..." In addition, Budd Kopman wrote on AllAboutJazz.com, In the end, while the record displays Second Movement's extreme skill at what they do, this music is the kind that just must be heard live. Damn!" And Brad Walseth from JazzChicago.net began his review by exclaiming, Oh so funky, so very funky," and added, Second Movement works the groove to fill the dancefloor with bopping bodies, but also spins into left of center tangents that will blow the mind."
Recently voted Best Jazz Band at the 2007 Houston Press Music Awards, Drop Trio continues to rack up press awards in Texas and beyond, all the while maintaining an extensive touring schedule. With three studio albums, three South by Southwest Music Festival showcases and two movie soundtracks, Drop Trio continues to bring their instrumental spaceship jazz to audiences throughout the country.
AllAboutJazz.com's Mark Sabbatini wrote that Drop Trio is solidly entrenched somewhere in my top 10" with a blend of old-school funk and contemporary twists [that] are the sort of thing that get out-of- town drifters checking calendars for performances during future visits." According to David Cobb of DoneWaiting.com, Drop Trio takes its influences (think Emerson, Lake & Palmer covering the theme from Taxi with help from George Clinton) and one-ups them with a unique formula of modern jazz." And Keyboard Magazine said What stands out most, though, is that all of its tracks are motivically compelling. Keysman Ian Varley drives acoustic piano and synths without getting caught showing off even once. The music is centered and upbeat, with a sound that recalls Page McConnell's Vida Blue, but with slightly less flower power, or perhaps a slightly more angular Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey."
Second Movement & Drop Trio Fall 2007 Tour Dates:
Thursday, September 27: Washington, DC, The Red & The Black
Saturday, September 29: New York, NY, Lion's Den
Tuesday, October 2: Pittsburgh, PA, The Shadow Lounge
Wednesday, October 3: Cleveland, OH, Wilberts
Friday, October 5: Chicago, IL, Wise Fools Pub
Saturday, October 6: Madison, WI, Mr. Roberts