The Breakfast is a hard-hitting jazz rock experimental quartet whose music ranges from progressive rock to sonic landscapes. Since the group’s inception 11 years ago the band has played over 1000 shows throughout the country, released 6 albums and is on the verge of releasing a 7th. The Breakfast’s sound and energy are founded in the psychedelic but their music features some incredibly well-crafted song structures and melodies, showing the members’ gifts as highly talented musicians. Indeed, original members Tim Palmieri (guitar) and Adrian Tromantano (drums) provide the distinguishing characteristics the band has thrived on from the beginning. The two are able to reach near-telepathic communication on stage, ripping through progressive shredding licks and jams without missing a beat. This is held together by the sonic glue of longtime, though newly re-added, keyboardist Jordan Giangreco, and supported from beneath by the jazz sensibilities of bassist Chris DeAngelis.
In 2003/2004 The Breakfast accepted their first Jammy award for Best Emerging Artist at The Madison Square Garden Theater along with Phil Lesh, Dr John and other distinguished honorees. In its long career the band has performed with other music greats such as The Wailers, moe, Mike Gordon, Umphrey’s McGee, Disco Biscuits, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Garaj Mahal, Soulive, Lettuce, Tea Leaf Green and Particle. Their intense touring schedule has featured appearances at such notable music festivals as 10,000 Lakes Festival (twice), moe.down, Gathering of the Vibes, Camp Bisco, and High Sierra, among others.
Rejuvenated by the recent re-addition of original member Jordan Giangreco on keys, these four virtuosos continue to turn heads with each show. Together they rage forward with renewed mission and commitment to solid performances for passionate and dedicated fans everywhere. The group celebrates the upcoming September 12th release of its highly anticipated second live album Live As Is, which chronicles The Breakfast’s epic performance at The Field in Bridgeport, CT on February 28th, 2009.
Breakfast is served…
Tim Palmieri - Guitar - Lead Vocals
Chris DeAngelis - Bass - Vocals
Jordan Giangreco - Keyboards - Vocals
Adrian Tramontano - Drums - Vocals
Live As Is (Independent, 2009)
Moxie Epoxy (HMG Recordings, 2006)
Real Radio (HMG Recordings, 2005)
Bona Fide(Sonance Records, 2002)
Deuce(Sonance Records, 2001)
Psychedelic Breakfast (Psychedelic Breakfast, 1999)
Jambands Moxie Epoxy Review
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Moxie Epoxy - The Breakfast 2006-10-24 Horizon Music Group The Breakfast’s fifth album is es...Moxie Epoxy - The Breakfast
Horizon Music Group
The Breakfast’s fifth album is essentially a farewell to the old. Also their second album with Horizon Music Group, this is likely the band’s final recording with keyboardist Jordan Giangreco, whose recent departure leaves the band as a three piece. Still, Giangreco's keys are all over Moxie Epoxy and at least the farewell isn’t a sour-sounding one. Actually, Moxie Epoxy is an album that should act to draw some talented keyboardists to any tryouts that might be in the works. If I could play, I’d be there in a second!
The tracks are band efforts, featuring the pen work of all four members, guitarist/vocalist Tim Palmieri’s words filling the bulk of the disc. “Psygn” ends near an impressive, and generous, 11 minutes, both allowing the band to explore the song’s base and give a taste of what the live version might sound like. At five-and-a-half minutes in, Giangreco’s keys start to shutter, words fall away and the jam is on, much in a Phish style at times, even borrowing on some of guitarist Trey Anastasio’s trademarked siren sounds. Though Giangreco’s contribution adds a lot to the effect of these songs, it’s easy to tell that Palmieri, bassist/vocalist Ron Spears and drummer Adrian Tramontano, still have plenty to say if they remain a trio.
For lack of anything to complain about, this is an album accessible to rock snobs (“Surreal Radio” has Queens of the Stone Age similarities and “Intension” has its Jane’s Addiction moments), jam-rock sticklers (all songs lend themselves to and perspire scene-familiar sounds) and blues-rock faithful (“Tricky Ways”), leaving a rather broad swath. Even when the energy falls, it does so tastefully -- the Beatlesque “Good Things,” for example, with its understated piano and guitar lines while Palmieri sings himself into realizing that “good things need a little rest."
Seeing Giangreco step away, it seems the split is a friendly one and the time they shared wasn’t for naught. They share memories, songs, music, fans and the knowledge that the only thing stopping them from playing together again (or not) is a simple decision. Here, at least, is a final statement from the four, one to buy, and a door swinging open for the remaining three to test the waters anew. Here’s to not stopping…
Relix's Toad's Place Review
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Toad’s Place, New Haven, CTOctober 27, 2006 The show was billed as “The Breakfast’s 8th Annual ‘F...Toad’s Place, New Haven, CTOctober 27, 2006
The show was billed as “The Breakfast’s 8th Annual ‘Fonghoulish Freakout’ Halloween Party and Costume Ball,” and signified a long-awaited homecoming from a lengthy road trip. As a result, the hardwood floor at Toad’s Place rumbled with anticipation as a costumed Breakfast took the stage.
There was no introduction, no welcome speeches and no banter to open the show. The band got right down to business, opening with a highly danceable drum beat from drummer Adrian Tramontano that pulsated alone for a few moments before the band launched into its opener, “May Fly Disarray.” The music was relentless and injected energy into an already intense, costumed crowd.
Early into its first set, the band launched into the highly progressive “Psygn,” which is the opening track on the new album, Moxie Epoxy. If the studio recording captured half the energy in the live performance of the song, it should be a great opener. Still in the first set, the band embarked on a jam at the end of “See the Light,” worth noting for Ron Spears’ bouncing bass line and the brilliant, ambient color provided by Tim Palmieri’s guitar. On the next song, an up-tempo 12-bar blues called “Tricky Ways,” Palmieri did double duty, soloing on both guitar and keyboards, and proving to be equally impressive on both.
The second set belonged to drummer Tramontano. His mid-set drum solo was jaw-dropping, and he added both complexity and intensity to the second set’s straight-ahead rock covers, Grand Funk Railroad’s “American Band” and Nirvana’s “Lithium.”
The highlight of the night was the funky (and a bit silly) original tune “Taboo or Not Taboot,” which fit in nicely with the lunacy of the band and the added comic relief of their costumes: Palmeiri as Jimi Hendrix, complete with a four-foot diameter afro wig; Spears as some sort of bizarre nutcracker with indescribable futuristic glasses; and Tramontano cleverly disguised as the drummer for The Breakfast.
“Taboo or Not Taboot” also showed what had been evident throughout the night: When it comes to pure musicianship, the members of The Breakfast can stand up with any jam or progressive band in America.
Our sets are composed of mostly original music with a few covers thrown in a night. We play songs from many different artists such as, Frank Zappa, Rush, The Police, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Primus just to name a few.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.