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Steve Messick

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Steve Messick is a jazz and classical bassist, band leader, producer, and composer based in Seattle, Washington. Steve has produced four albums, two digital EPs, and one digital single. Steve also runs Opus Funkus Music, an independent record label and publisher.

On October 21, 2016, Steve's jazz quintet, the Endemic Ensemble, released Tangled, the band's second album of all-original mainstream jazz, released through Opus Funkus Music. Tangled features Steve Messick on double bass, Travis Ranney on tenor & soprano saxophones, Matso Limtiaco on baritone saxophone & bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, and Christian Krehbiel on drums, with compositions by Steve Messick, Matso Limtiaco, and David Franklin.

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Endemic Ensemble

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Founded by bassist Steve Messick in early 2010, the Endemic Ensemble is a modern jazz quintet based in Seattle, Washington 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 Christian Krehbiel on drums. The music, composed by Messick, Franklin, and Limtiaco, is influenced by '60s hard bop, big band, and 19th and 20th century classical music, and is described as having "swinging rhythm, great tunes and purposeful playing - always in the service of the song, and usually anchored in the blues" (Lucid Culture)

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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

Album

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 ...

Album

Blues for Agnes

Label: Opus Funkus Music
Released: 2013

Album

Iron Man

Label: Opus Funkus Music
Released: 2013


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