Spoke's first album represents the culmination of a repertoire developed over years of playing together regularly. After forming to play a weekly Brooklyn gig, the ensemble quickly found a purpose in pursuing what one reviewer calls the Art of the Compromise. Spoke's music lives in the intermediate territory between individual and collective improvisation, while retaining a sense of structure and tradition.
The members of Spoke bring strong musical backgrounds to the collective:
International award-winning trombonist Andy Hunter has lived in Shanghai, Cleveland, and New York and currently tours around the world with the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty ensembles. When in town, he also works steadily in some of NYC's top salsa bands.
Dan Loomis has become one of NYC's most in-demand bassists, peforming regularly with the Wee Trio and as a sideman in venues such as Lincoln Center and Birdland.
Danny Fischer moved to New York from Melbourne, Australia in 2004, where he was a top jazz drummer. Credits include performances with Diana Ross, Patty LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Chaka Kahn, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Sheila Jordan.
Justin Wood moved to NYC after growing up in rural Maine. He has performed around New York in venues such as Birdland and NJPAC. He performs regualarly with his own quartet, the Evan Mazunik's ZAHA, Martin Vejarano's Columbian jazz project, and Maquina Mono.
Matthew Lima, Multilaterale Music Collective