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"Tatnall's ambient soundscapes unfold surprisingly well, complementing his effects-laden guitar solos instead of competing with them. At the record's best, the B.P.M.s are sped up to jungle territory, leaving Tatnall's overheated guitar racing to keep up, hastily churning out layer after layer of trippy sound." - Evan Rytlewski, Shepherd Express (Adventures in Guitronica)

"Milwaukee electric guitar virtuoso Kirk Tatnall follows his wandering muse to a jazz trio format for his fourth album. Bassist John Price and drummer John Calarco energize the session through borderline fusion and hard bop to modal exploration and the kind of bluesiness that allows Tatnall to hike up the distortion to create a compelling skronk. Schizophrenic as that may seem, the players' interaction and ability to let each member shine make this a cohesive, low-key triumph." - Jamie Lee Rake, Shepherd Express (Cujitsu Review)

"Tatnall's playing is extremely fiery; at times he can sound like rock/fusion guru Allan Holdsworth, with long, lyrical lines of improvisation. Both are capable of incredible virtuosic soloing and when they switched bass lines it was hardly noticeable." - Rick Tvedt, Rick’s Café Press (Jack Grassel, Kirk Tatnall concert review)

"I thought your track was tons of fun...your tone and attack is ferocious -- which makes the whole thing a pretty thrilling ride." - Michael Molenda, Chief Editor Guitar Player Magazine (Beastie 49, Adventures in Guitronica)

"Live at the Uptowner, a trio effort with fellow guitar player Kirk Tatnall and drummer Ernie Adams, showcases the liquid interplay between Grassel and Tatnall on melodies whose deceptive ease belies their complex structure. Both Grassel and Tatnall play the Superax, an instrument that combines guitar with bass." Dave Luhrssen (Live at The Uptowner)

"This device is exclusive to him and Kirk, mainly because it’s so difficult to play and hasn’t been marketed much. What’s so amazing about it, you might ask? The device enables the musician to play both guitar and bass simultaneously. In fact, Jack and Kirk have become so proficient at it that they’re able to improvise melody, bass, and chord rhythm simultaneously. Adding a drummer to this fine duo, one can only imagine the fullness of sound that’s obtainable in a live setting." Modern Guitars Magazine.

"The opening track, "Jade Castles", sets the mood with a floating rhythm figure underneath some energetic and free soloing by both players.  "Song For Bill", and "Mom and Dad's Blues"  offer a traditional swing rhythm moving beneath modern boppish single lines showcasing the technical ability of both guitarists.  Adams is a fine drummer who provides solid support throughout the session.  "Bossa Mama" is a nice uptempo Latin selection.  The closing track titled "Noctilucent Vectors" shows the trio's true enjoyment of working together." Just Jazz Guitar Magazine (Live at The Uptowner) 
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"The opening cut on Alpha Transit's debut album begins with a wash of ascending, extendedly dark harmonies that plunge into a relentless space-funk groove. The entire album is a blast and offers a full plate to groove-minded and intent listeners alike. With styles ranging from the aforementioned funk to the Eastern European/jazz-flavored "F.A.F." to the aptly bluesy "Another Fricken Blues," the playing is tight and consistently intriguing. Milwaukee guitarist Kirk Tatnall adds his unique blend of styles to the lineup of Geoff Howard on bass, Adam Berzowski on keys and Tim Rush on drums. If you get a chance to see Alpha Transit play locally, jump on it—the show is sure to combine exceptional musicianship and a great vibe." - Jason Seed, Shepherd Express (Alpha Transit Review)

Wanna hear some funky stuff? Check out Milwaukee's Alpha Locomotive. Hard to say exactly what's going on here, but it's very cool. Jazz-meets-funk, tweaked with shades of Beck-like rants by way of Vox Humana. Can you dig it? I knew that you could… If this stuff feels good in your pocket, check out the related project Alpha Transit. It's just as funky, with a tight punch and stellar musicianship at an accessible level usually ignored by the genre. Everything is wide open here, with soaring guitar solos, funkalicious rhythms and actual melody lines that banter from player to player as they pass solo efforts to and fro. Sort of makes you want to go out and buy modern jazz records. Well, buy one cool new record at their CD release party at Milwaukee's BBC, where they celebrate their self-titled debut March 23. Lane Klozier-Maximum Ink Music Magazine - .


Discography

Alpha Transit - Alpha Transit 2007
Transit Comes Alive! - Coming Sept. 2008
Made In Milwaukee - Coming Jan, 2009

INDIVIDUAL MEMBER DISCOGRAPHIES:

Kirk Tatnall:
Cujitsu - Kirk Tatnall, John Price, John Calarco
Adventures in Guitronica - Kirk Tatnall
Ghost Ridge - Jack Grassel, Kirk Tatnall, Dane Richeson
Headless Jazz - Kirk Tatnall and Steve Peplin
Live at the Uptowner - Jack Grassel, Kirk Tatnall, Ernie Adams
Temporal Vortex - Kirk Tatnall
Katscan - Kirk Tatnall and Scot Snarski

Adam Berzowski:
Ride Control - Alpha Locomotive
Little Grooves - Alpha Locomotive
Live 1/29/05 - Robert Allen Jr. Band
Reverser - Reverser
Better Than Fiction - American Standard
Live at the Road House - American Standard
Freedom 5 Miles - The Chris Aaron Band
The Burgundy Sessions - Spinnakoepeal Jive

Tim Rush:
Music 4 Humans - Miles for Monty Orchestra

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Based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Alpha Transit is an all-original jam band that takes the usual elements of funk, rock, jazz, and blues and the not so usual elements of electronic and dance music and puts them in the blender with a double shot of improvisation.

Transit Comes Alive!, the newest addition to the Alpha Transit catalog, is the first of a two part series of releases recorded 100 percent live at the Milwaukee Ale House during the summer of 2008. The titles of these recordings pay tribute to the seemingly distant era when the record buying masses encouraged and supported their favorite groups extending and improvising on their songs in the live jam format. This recording and the soon to be released Made In Milwaukee showcase the group doing what they do best; steering the music through the maps of their unique compositions, fusing white knuckle improvisations with relentless grooves, and taking the entire audience along with them on the mind-boggling journey.

Alpha Transit began as trio in October of 2003 with Adam Berzowski on keyboards, Geoff Howard on bass and Tim Rush on drums. To complete their sound, virtuosic guitarist Kirk Tatnall was added in October of 2005, bringing his catalog of compositions into the fold of their already strong base of music. Their versatility as well as detailed attention to balance and tone have given them a quickly growing, diverse fan base that continues to multiply. They have performed at several well-known Milwaukee establishments, including Shank Hall, The Mirimar Theatre (opening for Particle), The BBC on North Ave, Lex Jazz Club on Water St, The Milwaukee Ale House, Piano Blu (Pewaukee) and Sprizzo Cafe (Waukesha).

Alpha Transit's current influences are Medeski Martin and Wood, John Scofield, and The New Deal. Past influences include Headhunters (Herbie Hancock), Mahavishnu (John McLaughlin), and Return to Forever (Chick Corea). Their sound has been likened to such "electronica" jam bands as Sound Tribe Sector 9, Lotus, and Particle.