New Brian Jordan Trio makes local concert debut |

New Brian Jordan Trio makes local concert debut

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

The new Brian Jordan Trio presents its “funky jazz” at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Winter Park Pub during the second concert in a series of local shows.

The band is best described as a “highly improvised blend of jazz, rock, funk and electronica. The Brian Jordan Trio draws on pure in-the-moment improvisation combined with compositions written by each of its members. The end result is an ultra-creative and unique repertoire.”

The trio, which formed this past summer, is a compilation of musicians from established bands: Brian Jordan, Dave Watts, and local Andy Irvine. Each has an “extensive touring history, vast personal accomplishments and national and international notoriety,” and had already bonded while playing together in several other incarnations.

Jordan is well known for his work as the guitarist for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. He also plays for band Blue Sirkut, art rock band Banyan, and has toured with Grammy-award-winning singer Lauren Hill. Jordon’s resume also includes performances with the Alman Brothers and Dave Matthews bands, and James Brown.

“I’ve never played at the Winter Park Pub before, but I’m really looking forward to the show,” he said. “I’ve played with Dave Watts and Andy Irvine before, but each under separate situations. They are both excellent musicians, so the experience should fun and exciting!”

Watts, of Boulder, is the founding member of a progressive improv group called The Motet. He produced, engineered, mixed, recorded, and composed most of the material on the band’s latest album, “Instrumental Dissent.” He mixes a traditional trap kit set up with electronic drum samples.

“I actually have not had the pleasure of playing with these two guys together yet,” Watts said. “I did one gig with Brian about four years ago and that’s about it. I have, though, been listening to his guitar playing for some time now and have always appreciated his deep sense of groove and great tone.” Watts has never played with Irvine, but his group The Motet and Andy’s group On the One did some shows together out in California in September “and I got a chance to really check out his playing. He’s got a killer feel and some heavy lines, so I’m very excited to explore that musical space with him. In fact, I’m sure whatever music we come up with will be as much a surprise to us as it is to our audience.

That said, there’s no doubt that since the three of us love the funk and soul-jazz greats such as Grant Green, Eddie Harris, and Donald Byrd, it’s certain to be an evening of music that’s tight and loose all at the same time.

“They’re really accomplished musicians,” Irvine said of his bandmates.

Irvine, who’s lived in Fraser for about six years now, is from band On the One. He plays four-, five- and six-string fretted, fretless and upright basses; and is “best known for his driving funky approach to bass guitar and his diverse knowledge of style characteristics.” He’s toured with such groups as Giant People and the south Florida “futuristic groove trio” Beanstalk.

This fall marks the launch of this newest endeavor for the three talented musicians, whose trio is also set to play in Denver at Quiotie’s Oct. 19, Fort Collins at Hodie’s Oct. 21, and in Boulder at the Southern Sun Oct. 22. They are also set to tour the western regions of the country throughout the winter.

For more information or for more concert dates, visit the trio’s individual Web sites:, http://www.myspace/brianjordan, and http://www.myspace/themotet.

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