Chris Sherman (aka Freekbass) and his Funk band (aka Freekbass) maintain one of the most consistent touring schedules of any band based in Cincinnati. Soon Freekbass (the man, not the band) will be getting a lot busier, especially if his new “all star” group takes off.
Sherman has teamed up with two fairly high profile musicians for a new project. DJ Logic is known for his groove-intensive, Jazz-informed turntable magic and versatility, evident in his collaborations with Medeski, Martin & Wood, John Scofield, John Mayer and, most recently (and most oddly), Carly Simon, as well as his successful solo ventures. Steve Molitz is the keyboardist behind Particle, a band that helped shape the increasingly popular fusion of Jazz, Funk and Electronica.
Sprinkle in Freekbass’ untouchable prowess on Funk bass (and overall understanding of Funk in general) and the Logic, Molitz, Freekbass group (as it’s currently being billed) is shaping up to be one hell of a groove machine with some interesting layers and textures. The trio is still in search of an actual band name and is asking for suggestions via Freekbass’ and Logic’s Twitter pages.
The trio’s first performance together was an impromptu set during a DJ Logic performance in Pennsylvania last summer. Still, the project won’t debut “officially” on the East or West coasts (where Logic and Molitz reside, respectively), but right here in Freek’s home town.
“I am personally juiced up because we are doing the debut here in Cincinnati,” Sherman recently wrote via e-mail. “Logic is from New York and Steve Molitz from Cali, so it is cool we are doing it here in our groovy city.”
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