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Spoke

Spoke's first album represents the culmination of a repertoire developed over years of playing together regularly. After forming to play a weekly Brooklyn gig, the ensemble quickly found a purpose in pursuing what one reviewer calls the "Art of the Compromise." Spoke's music lives in the intermediate territory between individual and collective improvisation, while retaining a sense of structure and tradition. The members of Spoke bring strong musical backgrounds to the collective: International award-winning trombonist Andy Hunter has lived in Shanghai, Cleveland, and New York and currently tours around the world with the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty ensembles

Musician

Daniel Loomis

With more than a decade of performing experience since moving to New York City in 2007, Dan Loomis has emerged as a daring leader, a sought-after sideman, and a composer whose view of the world – and willingness to explore his own inner questioning – has led to the creation of innovative and moving works. Loomis has produced nearly a dozen recordings with the Dan Loomis Quartet and with bands he co- leads, including the collectives SPOKE and The Wee Trio. The latter two bands have released critically acclaimed albums in recent years, including SPOKE’s (r)anthems in 2014, and The Wee Trio’s concert recording Wee+3 in 2017

Album

(r)anthems

Label: River Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Ranthem; Tell Me Something Good; Invisible Lady; Blackbird; The Shanghai Salsa; Shepherd; I Only Have Eyes For You; Cancion Para Mi Madre; Clube Da Esquina; Move; Pure Imagination; Worry Later.

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SPOKE: (r)anthems

Read "(r)anthems" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes


On (r)anthems, the New York-based ensemble takes various pop classics and favorite World Music tunes and reinvents them into their own flavor, either going into a New Orleans-tinged feel or just improvising around the melody. An example is Stevie Wonder's “Tell Me Something Good," which is re-purposed here into a marching band-like vibe. The Beatles' “Blackbird" ...

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SPOKE: (r)anthems

Read "(r)anthems" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


According to the members of SPOKE, this album--the band's third to date--"is both musical rant and anthem." So what does that mean? Well, it means that there's an intentional balancing act between the raw and refined, the focused and the untamed, and the grand and rowdy. Nothing ever goes off the rails and nothing is ever ...

Video

Post-Occupational Hazards

Featuring the music of Spoke
Duration: 3:23

Spoke plays Andy Hunter's "Post-Occupational Hazards for the Occupied 99%" Live in Macau, China, 2012
Album

Spoke

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009
Track listing: Pisces; Slow Onset Suite Pt. 1 - Blabber Battle; Pt. 2 - Ballad of Slow Onset Man; HAF; Wo Yao de XingFu; On Returns; Si Lu; Bass Etude; Deed by Delusion; Chances Are; Sriracha; Shepherd.

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Article: Album Review

Spoke: Spoke

Read "Spoke" reviewed by J Hunter


In his liner notes to Spoke's self-titled debut disc, Matthew Lima wrote that this Brooklyn-based quartet is “constantly refining the art of the compromise... not into a concession or lowering of standards, but an intermediate between different things." He's half right: There are no concessions whatsoever on Spoke; however, the differences are what it's all about. ...

Album

Spoke

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2008


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