North Carolina based Hip Bones features:
Gary Schwantes on saxophones and bamboo flutes, Shannon Hoover on bass and loops and Robin Tolleson on drums.
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Bad long before The Bad Plus, Hip Bones has been called “renegade jazz,” “psychedelic funk,” and “monsters of the mash-up.” It has been written, “These gentlemen push the boundaries of jazz…and get away with it!”
Hip Bones’ music combines funk and dub-flavored original instrumentals, along with spirited psychedelic covers from such diverse sources as Jimi Hendrix, The O’Jays, Sting, and Freddie Hubbard. Hip Bones has released two CDs, Threedom and 4. They are working on a new release recorded in Nashville with Grammy-winning engineer/producer Bil Vorndick (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Allison Krauss).
A trio that plays more like a five-piece, Hip Bones gives jazz a good name, bringing new listeners into the fold each performance with their imagination, irreverence, tasty musical impressions and improvisations.
“Together they sound like a band twice their size. They’ve also managed to achieve that prized goal of musicians – a unique sound.” Paul Wertico
“It’s one thing to mash-up songs using studio trickery. It’s another to do so onstage with your bare hands, like jazz-funk trio The Hip Bones does.” (Metromix)
“Angular melodies, time-twisting rhythmic figures and fluent solos, often over hard-grooving loops. Anyone interested in quality jazz, funk, and world music for that matter, can find plenty of interest in Hip Bones.” (Roanoke Times)
“Seriously funky jazz from San Francisco, this all-instrumental trio is all about deeply textured grooves and tight improv, on material from the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bob Marley, and Radiohead.” (Connect Savannah)