Alpha Transit

Alpha Transit

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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.

Biography

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.

Lyrics

Geniok Comes Alive!

Written By: Kirk Tatnall

Originally released on Kirk Tatnall's "Adventures in Guitronica." This version was recorded 100 percent live at the Milwaukee Ale House in the summer of 2008 and will be released on Made In Milwaukee in Jan 2009. A great representation what you'll hear at a live Transit show.

Tapping Chaos

Written By: Kirk Tatnall

Originally released on Kirk Tatnall's "Adventures in Guitronica." This version was recorded 100 percent live at the Milwaukee Ale House in the summer of 2008 and will be released on Transit Comes Alive! in September. A great representation what you'll hear at a live Transit show.

Cuff

Written By: Alpha Transit

Originally released on Alpha Transit's self titled debut album. This version was recorded 100 percent live at the Milwaukee Ale House in the summer of 2008 and will be released on Transit Comes Alive! in September. A great representation what you'll hear at a live Transit show.

Star

Written By: Adam Berzowski

Originally released on Adam Berzowski's "Little Grooves." This version was recorded 100 percent live at the Milwaukee Ale House in the summer of 2008 and will be released on Transit Comes Alive! in Sept 2008. A great representation what you'll hear at a live Transit show.

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

Set List

Between each member's own compositions and the music we have written together, Alpha Transit has more original music than we can possibly play during one gig. This is a good thing! Set lengths are determined by the overall length of the performance and are completely flexible, but anything less than an hour is just a tease for us.

Some of our song titles:

New Noah
Hell On Wheels
Cuff
Leap
W
Com
Another Fricken Blues
FAF
Second Chances
Alpha Waves
Soul Filter
Lo-Fi Gene
Everything's Weird
H-Train South
Geniok Comes Alive
Star
Tapping Chaos
Green Eggs and Damn!
The Invisible Chain
Orleans
Star
Yeah, No!
Simply Put
Beastie 49