Born: June 9, 1982 Primary Instrument: Band/ensemble/orchestra
...such a unique sound and pure energy...this group is well on its way to great things.
- The Jazz Society of Oregon
The five musicians are all top-notch players who blend styles in exciting and forward-thinking ways...their diverse sound is impressive.
- The Oregonian
...just might be the best new thing out there.
- The Portland Tribune
Three-Fifths Compromise is pushing envelopes like candy on kids ,bringing imaginative twists to old genres and forging new ones you can only imagine; without saying a word. The ensemble has chosen jazz as their musical foundation and been continually pushing boundaries and bringing fresh ideas to the unfortunately static world of fusion since the group formed in early 2000. Exuberant live shows have left droves of stellar reviews and speechless audiences, all the while they occupy that delicate niche that keeps musicians and non-musicians alike engaged in the music. A glance at their crowd at a typical show would leave you hard pressed to figure out exactly what was going on; young and old, hip-hop lovers to jazz aficionados to passive, radio-listeners, there is something there for all of them that brings them together when Three-Fifths Compromise takes the stage.
Their live album, Cheaper Than Therapy, is a collection of live recordings taken from several performances during the summer of 2003 and captures the spirit and energy that has become a staple of their live shows. It features Chris Hardin on sax, Aaron Landau on bass, George Mandis on guitar, Harrold Ray Roberts on keys, and Drew Shoals on drums. It's not a question of if, but when this band blows up, so get your hands on a copy while they're still available.