Little Brother Project
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Little Brother Project

Houston, Texas, United States

Houston, Texas, United States
Band Rock Funk


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"Little Brother Project grows up"

Little Brother Project grows up
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
You won't meet a lot of bands that are as close as the guys in Little Brother Project. Life-changing events will do that to a group.
The Project began in 2003 as a plan to get a club to pay former Bro Sure band mates Coy Boazman and Marc Reczek to practice in a corner, improvising to their hearts' content without the bother of writing songs or being an actual band. Dean's Credit Clothing on a then-torn up Main Street took them up on the idea, and something unexpected happened: Their improvised funk drew a crowd and continued to do so for a year and a half.
The band, which includes vocalist Phyve ("things happen to me in fives," he says), and multi-instrumentalist Conrad Kao, was poised to record an album when events challenged its very existence. First, Boazman learned he needed a heart transplant, which he had in January 2005. The group was dormant while he recovered with the help of his family — and band mates.
When it seemed that Little Brother Project was ready to play again, drummer Daniel Beatty, a National Guardsman, was deployed to Iraq.
"We started to wonder what would happen to the band," Boazman says, "but we've been together for a very long time, and we wanted to keep it going. We auditioned Morris [Montgomery] on drums, and we've had a whole resurgence of what we do. Beatty gets out this October and will be our percussionist at that point."
Last year the band released Live and Well Shaven, a compendium of jams recorded from 2004 shows. It's an enjoyable entree into LBP's music, featuring the dulcet One Prayer More; the pretty, piano-laced Numbered Days; and the jammy soul of Cause and Effect.
"Marc's a big jam-band guy, but he's really the only one," Boazman says. "I love the improv, creating something from nothing, but we're way different from, say, Phish. When we were trying to figure out where we wanted to go with our sound, I brought in Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic and some rock CDs. Marc brought in eight Phish CDs."
"I thrive on improvisation," Reczek says. "I love the awkwardness of 'What am I going to do now?' It pushes me to try to go different directions."
The band is working on its first studio album as Little Brother Project (Bro Sure release one studio album, Urban Ocean) produced by onetime Waylon Jennings guitarist — and Reczek's wife's uncle — Gordon Payne, who wants less of the jammy bits.
"He pulls out an ire in me that comes out positively in the music," Boazman says. "I'm playing with my teeth grit, but when you listen to the tape, it's beautiful."
The approach has been difficult for a band that does in 12 notes what a different band might do in two, but everyone is committed to this slower approach in the studio, rather than releasing more live recordings (The Travis Tapes, Standing O).
"We're trying to capture what we do onstage, with the driving groove and creativity, but be centered around the vocalist, where it used to be centered around Marc's guitar," Boazman says.
As Little Brother Project regains its momentum, playing shows and looking forward to the new album, the band's members shine with an obvious joy for making music and being around each other.
"I get to play with passionate musicians," Kao was says, "I don't care if there's only one person watching, just sharing that passion with other players is good enough for me.” "Even when no one is around, after we've set up, Conrad will say, 'let's just play now,'" Boazman says.
- Houston Chronicle

"Little Brother Project Review"

LBP review by the Houston Press

by John Lomax (Houston Press)

If you're not already stoned -- which, by looking at the clientele,
seems about a 50-50 proposition -- when you walk into a Little
Brother Project show, you'll feel that way after about five minutes.
You don't even have to light up.
Though they're billed as acid jazz, the absence of a DJ, horns and
keyboards gives up the game. "I wouldn't really call it acid jazz,
either," says 26-year-old guitarist Marc Reczek. "That was just our
marketing strategy to get into a club downtown. It's funny, though;
some people say that it's acid jazz, but I don't think it has
anything to do with it. I see it as more of a jam band with no
Reczek, who also plays in the dormant and larger group Bro-Sure,
realized that approaching a downtown schwankienda like Dean's and
offering up their services as a jam band was not likely to succeed.
Thus the acid jazz fib. "What we wanted to do was something where we
could be in a hip atmosphere and improv," he says. "We wanted it to
relate to Bro-Sure, but we also wanted it to be separate. We started
it about six months ago, and we've never had one rehearsal except
for those in that room back there. The bass player and me try to
come up with different ideas every week. It's really caught on
bigger than I expected."
He ain't lyin'. Though the first set drew only about ten people,
Racket walked back by later and saw that Dean's was bustling. What
separates LBP from most jam bands is that they don't play any
covers -- not even as template for a half-hour of noodling-- or even
any songs, as such. What they do is just get up on stage and wing it
for an hour. "Most jam bands -- they'll play three chords and then
the guitar player will take a solo and the keyboardist will take a
solo and that's a jam band," says Reczek. "What we try to do is
meander. We have a piece of paper and there's a set of ideas and
we'll go from one to the other."
Reczek's influences include Phish and to a lesser extent the
Grateful Dead, but also Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhardt. LBP's
ideas are fairly succinct, and they vary the tempos with aplomb.
Grooves move from blues to rock to jazz to funk with punctuation and
snap. They don't drag you through a fog of virtuosity for its own
sake. It may not be acid jazz, but somehow LBP's brand of jam music
works in its posh environs.
As for their music's narcotic effect, Reczek will only say, "I used
to smoke a lot of weed, but I don't really smoke anymore."
Racket thinketh "Whatever." And so did a fan who came out a couple
of weeks ago. "You should have seen this guy who came out last
week," Reczek laughs. "He was getting down. He was like, 'Y'all are
a bunch of potheads!' I was just like, 'Rock on, man.' "Little
Brother Project plays every Wednesday at Dean's, 316 Main, 713-227-
- Houston Press


The Ziggy Sessions - 2001
Rare release of the first "all improvised" recording of Little Brother Project.

Urban Ocean - 2002
First studio release on Bro Sure Records.

The Travis Tapes - 2003
First live release on Bro Sure Records.

Brazil - 2004
Second live release on Bro Sure Records.

Live and Well Shaven - 2005
First full length release on C-Room Records. Includes live cuts over the past two years performances.

Glass Houses - 2008
Producer: Gordon Payne (featured on Are You Ready for the Country 1976 Waylon Jennings, Troubadour 1976 J.J. Cale, and many others).



Little Brother Project is a five-piece funk and groove based band from Houston, TX. They are a diverse and talent driven group whose live shows include catchy songs as well as skillful improvisation. With their wide variety of influences touching on so many styles, they create a welcoming and hip sound that is enjoyed by all.
A typical LBP show consists of a 60/40 spilt between upbeat, danceable, and emotional instrumentals and the soulful style of lead singer, Phyve. “The best part about an LBP show is you never know what you will get. Sure, it’s all funky and groovy but the communication between the four of them leads you on an ever-changing journey. Great to watch, and even better to listen to,” says one fan that has seen them perform at Deans in downtown Houston, TX.

Little Brother Project is:

Marc Reczek - Guitar
Marc has been playing guitar since the age of ten. He was voted one of the top 5 guitarists in Houston by the Houston Press. Originally from Vermont, he moved to Texas to attend college and earned a degree in Music Business. His influences come from a variety of sources including Phish, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Drop Trio, The Grateful Dead, Medeski Martin and Wood, Slide Five, Alice in Chains and Umphrey's McGee. His rhythm style is "all in the wrist" Reczek says describing the clean and percussive approach he takes to writing funk grooves. When soloing, he strives to make complete sentences. Greg Lizee, an engineer who has worked with Reczek, sums his playing up by saying "he can shred but doesn't like to very often. He has a particular style that evolves within the music. It’s very interesting. It's the 'feel' of his playing that makes it distinctive."

Jeremy Horton - Bass
Jeremy is a second generation rock bassist, and has been playing bass guitar and percussive instruments since he was fifteen. With three prior stints in local Houston funk and metal rock bands including Moses Guest, Jeremy anchors the rhythm section.

Morris Montgomery - Drums
Morris is a self-taught drummer with an uncompromising passion for music that began at age 9. While growing up in Memphis, TN. he learned music theory and played the alto saxophone. In high school he was a member of concert, jazz and marching bands. This earned him several awards and achievements including television appearances and touring the country in his high school gospel choir. Morris moved to Houston in 1989 and attended TSU where he obtained a degree in drafting and design technology. His influences include; Dennis Chambers, John Blackwell Jr. Max roach, Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl, David Geralbald, Marco Minneman and Vinnie Colaiuta.

Phyve - Vocals
Phyve is an R&B soul singer who has been strongly influenced by the likes of Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye. This individual is largely credited with his work as a studio musician in the Houston area. He has gained a plethora of experience as well as establishing a name for himself with many local acts.