Reclamation Band is a group that was started by composer / bassist, Kevin Martinez. The group features compositions from all of the members of the group (Chris Coles on Alto/Soprano Saxophones, Sam Blakeslee on Trombone and myself on drums/percussion) This is a wonderful project to be a part of and I’m so excited to share some of the first raw recordings of the group from our last show at the Bop Stop!:
“Reclamation Band was formed from the idea of making instrumental music with a wide appeal. Having earned a Master’s of Music Composition at Chicago’s DePaul University in 2007, Martinez’s songs feature a strong sense of melody to tell a story and serve as vehicles for improvisation. Sacrificing neither groove nor complexity; it is original music from the heart.
- Influences include: Tortoise, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland Quintet, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Hank Williams”