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On "Hearsay," Joe Caploe combines a number of instruments of different cultures to create a unique jazz sound that is captivating. The many different percussive instruments produce a multi-layered beat that provides each track with a deep rhythmic backbone. The creativity on this CD is very high, as this blend of world instruments come together to create a unique, yet enjoyable sound. The excellent musicianship on these various instruments is clear throughout the CD. Some tracks, such as "Corridors," take on a percussive, and almost tropical jazz sound. Check out this CD to hear the enjoyable world fusion created by Joe Caploe and his Neck N Neck band with their unique blend of instruments.

- -RadioIndy Review Team


"With a strong bent for Steps Ahead like fusion and Brazilian and African roots, Joe Caploe's debut album "Hearsay" provides a glimpse into the horizons of modern jazz in California."

Sammy Cohen - Jazz Notes Magazine


"Joe Caploe is a percussionist of the highest degree as he puts his whole emotional, artistic and spiritual self into everything he plays. Joe shines on "Between the Lines" with his beautifully indulgent interplay with the other musicians and with his personal spirit of joyful adventure. I am honored to be a part of his artistic journey and I will look forward to more wonderful surprises from Joe in the, hopefully near future. Listen well...there is a lot between the lines."

Jeff Coffin
saxophonist / photographer
3X Grammy Award winning member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Dave Matthews Band - Jeff Coffin

"Percussion Recordings / Between the Lines Joe Caploe Nextagem"

Drummer / percussionist Joe Caploe's fifth recording as a leader is filled with a variety of modern musical influences and styles. From post-bop to modern jazz tunes reminiscent of the band Steps Ahead, Caploe covers both the drum and percussion chairs in this collection of ten original compositions. Tunes such as "Free 3" and "Seven Bridges" have a modern jazz flavor while "Ogun" is obviously derived from the Afro-Cuban tradition. "Wandering Spirit" contrasts nicely with the urban traditional feel of "Fruits of the Forest".

Sounding equally comfortable soloing on vibes, adding tasty percussion or driving a jazz rhythm section, Caploe keeps the listeners' attention with a full palette of sounds. Tabla player Leonice Shinneman also shines on this recording."

Terry O'Mahoney - Percussive Notes


Neck N Neck "Hearsay" , nextagem na-jc01 available on itunes & cdbaby

"Between the Lines" with special guest Jeff Coffin
nextagem na-jc02 available on itunes & cdbaby

"Whales & Tales" featuring Jeff Coffin
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Joe Caploe & Neck N Neck is a group that has it's pulse on the past, present and the future of music. The roots of Neck N Neck go back to California Institute of the Arts where the members where all studying Jazz, Anlo Ewe, Yoruba, Indian and Gamelan music together creating original cross cultural jazz as a result. Neck N Neck have performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival, The America Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Tapestry in Talent, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Genesis, Mississippi Valley State University, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and other venues and concert series on the west coast and mid west. The main players in Neck N Neck are Joe Caploe on electric vibes and percussion, Leonice Shinneman on African drum set, tabla, kanjira and percussion, bassist/percussionist and composer Mark London Sims, guitarist / pianist Rob Block and flautist Andy Strasmich. Some of the well known artists that the members of Neck N Neck have worked with include Stevie Wonder, Sting, JLO, Ben Harper, English Beat, Frank Zappa, Babatunde Olatunji, Jeff Coffin, Gino Vannelli, Don Cherry, Richard “groove “ Holmes, Charles Earland, Jackie Byard, Elvin Jones, Roscoe Mitchell, Al Delory, Richie Cole, Elliot Goldenthal, Julie Taymor and Todd Phillips among many others.