Similar in aim to the AACM, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Kingcake plays free and loose. They interact with considerable cohesion; like longtime friends who know each other’s moves. Free improvisation can easily become dry and lifeless without the swing. Scot Ray lays down a New Orleans strut step, Brad Dutz fills that in with congas and various toe-tapping devices, while Matt Zebley weaves lyrical melodies. Bill Barrett’s blues harp lends a comfortable air to the session with vocal-like expression and a laid-back ease. Full of life and rooted in the New Orleans tradition, Kingcake finds a way to tie together the beginning and end of our first jazz century. Traditional tunes "Ja Da" and "A Closer Walk With Thee" ring familiar. A loose bass drum, light drum sticks on a modest kit, doubled octaves from clarinet and tuba swing "up a lazy river" and back down to the source of jazz.
Track Listing: Volkswagon; Bison Will Graze; Pinball Wizard; The Elusive Moment; Lucky Dip; Monkjunk; Dolphy; Chunk; Theodore Hawkins; Teeth; Zinke
Personnel: Matt Zebley- alto saxophone, bass clarinet, alto clarinet, soprano clarinet; Scot Ray- tuba; Brad Dutz- vibraphone, marimba, hand drums, percussion; Bill Barrett- chromatic harmonica.