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Steve Messick

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Steve Messick is a bassist, composer, producer, and bandleader based in Seattle, Washington.

Steve is the founder and bandleader of the Endemic Ensemble, which has been performing original modern mainstream jazz at clubs in the Seattle area since 2010. The Endemic Ensemble’s debut album, Lunar, made Lucid Culture's "The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2012." Steve also co-founded the Random Access Quartet in 2013 and the New Bop Brigade in 2002.

Steve has been co-principal double bass for Orchestra Seattle / Seattle Chamber Singers since 2011, and has been a member of the bass section since 1999. Steve has also performed with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Seattle Chinese Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, Northwest Mahler Festival, and Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

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Endemic Ensemble

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In 2010, Seattle bassist Steve Messick started a new jazz project with the goals of writing forms and melodies in the styles of post-bop and big band, but also pulling inspiration from neoclassical works. This project became the Endemic Ensemble, and the jazz quintet debuted in the spring of 2010 with Messick on double bass, Travis Ranney on tenor and soprano saxophones, Matso Limtiaco on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, and Ken French on drums.

In 2012, the Endemic Ensemble released their first full-length album, Lunar, which made Lucid Culture's “The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2012.” Drummer Christian Krehbiel joined the band in 2014, and in 2016 the Endemic Ensemble released their second full-length album, Tangled.

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Random Access Quartet

The Random Access Quartet is not your typical jazz quartet: this quartet's repertoire includes the pens of rock and pop artists, such as Radiohead, Blondie, and Led Zeppelin, alongside jazz artists Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane, to name a few. The Seattle-based quartet features Alexey Nikolaev on tenor sax, Chris Morton on piano, Steve Messick on double bass, and Christian Krehbiel on drums.

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Tangled

Label: Opus Funkus Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Sugar Ant; Tangled; The Snort; Change of Scenery; The Tolovana Stomp; Maui Chimes; Goodbye, Old Friend; Nassau Place; Retro.

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Article: Album Review

Endemic Ensemble: Tangled

Read "Tangled" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Notwithstanding a name that sounds like it could be contagious, the Endemic Ensemble is actually a commendable Seattle-based post-bop quintet whose second recording, Tangled, is packed to the brim with luminous melodies, splendid charts and engaging solos by all hands. While nominally a co-op group, the ensemble was founded in 2010 by bassist Steve Messick who ...

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Endemic Ensemble: Tangled

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Sugar Ant; Tangled; The Snort; Change of Scenery; The Tolovana Stomp; Maui Chimes; Goodbye, Old Friend; Nassau Place; Retro

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Tangled

Label: Opus Funkus Music
Released: 2016

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Article: Album Review

Steve Messick: Endemic Ensemble: Tangled

Read "Endemic Ensemble: Tangled" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Veteran composer/bassist Steve Messick has brought back the eclectic group of musicians he formed in 2010, Endemic Ensemble, for a new album entitled Tangled. The session presents nine new compositions, three each from Messick, pianist David Franklin, and saxophonist Matso Limtiaco. The ensemble, rounded out by drummer Christian Krehbiel, and noted saxophonist Travis Ranney, have created ...

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Blues for Agnes

Label: Opus Funkus Music
Released: 2013

Album

Iron Man

Label: Opus Funkus Music
Released: 2013


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