New Gig: Billy Martin premieres Wicked Knee
Billy Martin, drummer for Medeski Martin and Wood, has put together a new band with Sex Mob’s Steve Bernstein on trumpet, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone and Marcus Rojas on tuba. Playing to a 100+ crowd on Wednesday night at Sullivan Hall, in NYC, Martin led the band for the first time through a strong set touching on Martin’s Jazz background briefly–only when the horns let loose–preferring a tighter New Orleans brass band sound. Actually, that type of spirit was in the room with everyone dancing and cheering through the show. Watching Wicked Knee’s cover of “Manic Depression” I’m reminded that they kept it moving along and pretty tight for a first gig–and it was nothing like what I would expect from Billy Martin (what an incredible musician!!). I’m used to his melange of percussion that flanks his side when playing with MMW. Pretty cool to see Martin and band branching out trying something new.
Here’s Wicked Knee’s cover of “Manic Depression”
“We got some real personalities here,” said Billy Martin. When Martin introduced the band you can hear the respect and admiration he has for his band members. Check out the history behind Wicked Knees here: