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ARTIST
TITLE
Live at Channel Zero
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
ESPDISK 5008CD ESPDISK 5008CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/13/2016

Trombonist Joseph Bowie came out of St. Louis' Black Artists Group (aka BAG), co-founded by older brother Lester Bowie. In his teens, Joe played with bluesmen Albert King and Little Milton; in his 20s, he got his avant-jazz bona fides in order as well as a member of the Human Arts Ensemble with Charles "Bobo" Shaw, in duos with Oliver Lake, and as a sideman with Frank Lowe. He moved to New York City, joined the horn section of no wave legend James Chance's band The Contortions, and then in 1978 spun off his own group, Defunkt, simultaneously funkier and jazzier. A series of stellar Defunkt albums on the Hannibal label made them stars on NYC's underground scene. After many lineup changes, the classic '80s lineup got back together for a 21st-century comeback and is still going strong. Every member applies jazz chops, rock energy, avant-garde risk-taking, and punk disregard for rules to the task of pushing killer tracks into new territory. The band has had more than a few lineups, but a few years back it coalesced around a reunion of its most classic '80s configuration and hit the road. Live at Channel Zero captures a fierce 2015 club date in Slovenia and throws in a particularly hot passage salvaged from a 2007 German gig as a bonus. If you think this doesn't fit on the ESP-Disk' roster, presumably you've overlooked the funky party music of Don Moore (ESP 2016-2) and Woodstock Workband (ESP 2010-2) and/or you've never seen Defunkt rip it up in concert. Joseph Bowie, vocals, trombone; John Mulkerin, trumpet; Bill Bickford and Ronny Drayton, guitars; Kim Clarke, bass; Kenny Martin, drums.