Hip Bones

Hip Bones

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Sound Menu (by Dan Armonaitis)-Hailed as "quirky, imaginative, irreverent, and a hell of a lot of fun" by Yellowjackets keyboardist Russel Ferrante, the Hip Bones meld funk and rock influences into an infectious brand of instrumental jazz that's appealing to fans of both Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix

Biography

Bad long before The Bad Plus, Hipbones emerged during the "hip bop" heyday in San Francisco, playing clubs at the heart of the jazz-funk scene like the Up & Down Club, Eleven, and Yoshi's, always offering its own distinctive instrumental funk, as well as thoughtfully irreverent arrangements of material from the world of popular music - a new generation's standards.
Hipbones was founded in 1994 by drummer Robin Tolleson, along with keyboardist Joey Edelman, trumpeter Dave Scott, and bassist Ingo York. The band released their debut, NOT FOR SALE, exploring the trio format, with Scott adding some keys and York performing live bass looping. The band became a club and festival favorite, and released its second CD early in 1998, ONE DAY AROUND THE BLOCK. More changes were in store for the band later that year as York moved back to his native Germany, and Scott was replaced by San Francisco woodwind player/composer Gary Schwantes.
Schwantes put his performing and composing skills to work on the Bones' 2002 release, THREEDOM, which also featured new bassist Dan Andrews. Continuing to build momentum with THREEDOM, Hipbones began performing on the east and west coasts, at clubs like San Francisco's Boom Boom Room, Enrico's, Bacar and Bistro Yoffi, Jupiter in Berkeley, Soho in Santa Barbara, The Pour House in Charleston, SC, The Handlebar in Greenville, SC, The Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC, The Brandy House in Atlanta, GA, and The Preservation Pub in Knoxville, TN.
Early in 2006, Hipbones played a 15-date tour to announce the release of a new CD, titled, 4. Produced by Robin Tolleson and Gary Schwantes, it is the band's fourth release, and is also the first time they have utilized the talents of both bassists, Dan Andrews and Dustin Hofsess, in the studio.