Zephyr Avalon offers a fresh perspective while staying rooted in the lineage of jazz and its embrace of other genres. Including guest appearances from LA's most in-demand and rising talents, such as KNOWER vocalist Genevive Artadi, rapper Harry Mack, & Amber Navran (Moonchild), the core band's cohesive grooves are infectious while still maintaining the right to swing their asses off.
released September 18, 2017
Zephyr Avalon: upright bass (4, 6), electric bass
Mike Lebrun: tenor saxophone, flute
Jonah Levine: trombone
Jacob Mann: piano, electric piano, synthesizers
Efa Etoroma Jr.: drums
Every once in a while, you find a tongue in cheek piece of art that transcends its jokey premise and becomes something more.
Shrek is Love is a fantastic show of musicianship and composition. It really SHOULDN'T be this good - - the irony should be too thick, the lyrics should be too dumb. But in spite of everything, it just comes together beautifully.
Shrek is Love Vol 2 is also really solid, though it gets a too meta for its own good. Still crossing my fingers that we someday get a Vol 3. kref
Tight, punchy, rhythmically diverse, and endlessly catchy. This is what I will point to when asked for modern big band music. Looking forward to more from Jacob's big band once people are allowed to be within 6 feet of each other again! Spicy Wolf