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Cosmic Collective

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | AFM

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | AFM
Established on Jan, 2014
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"2019 Rock N Roll Poll"

The Cosmic Collective has the best blend of melody, quirkiness and chops that I’ve seen in a long time. —Greg Bryant - STEPHEN TRAGESER

"Cosmic Collective Self-Titled Review"

The “interstellar” jazz group known as the Cosmic Collective is coasting behind a new album called Self-Titled, a record filled with an eclectic array of innovative sounds. These atmospheric rarities are dreamy fusions of electronica, lo-fi, trip-hop and jazz. Things get wildly complex, but it’s almost impossible not to feel the down-to-earth demeanor of the band emanating from the recordings. These characteristics melt into the trippy visage of a band on the edge of making an even stronger name for itself. Strap in and try to keep up with the groove.

The group of experienced musicians known as the Cosmic Collective creates music that defies the laws of traditional jazz. Members include Nikki Elias, Tyler Enslow, Devante Buford, Ashton Kimbrough, Kasey Walker, and Nico Medina. You can find them performing at venues like Rudy’s Jazz Club, Mayday Brewery, 5 Spot and many other places scattered around the U.S. In fact, they just wrapped up their Wiggity Wack Tour in April. On May 4, you can see the Cosmic Collective perform at Murfreesboro’s Main Street JazzFest 2019. The band’s live presence is a fun, intimate experience you can’t put a price on.

John Estes recorded, mixed and mastered Self-Titled in his home studio. Everything from Enslow’s thumpy basslines to Medina’s prolific drum fills are masterfully done. This project is a step in a slightly different direction compared to the band’s 2017 release, Abstract Notions. Instead of relying on solely on moody jazz, the Cosmic Collective mixed in electronic instruments and drum machine patterns to brighten up the rare flavor they’re known for. They shifted toward a new route and picked up quite a few experimental production techniques along the way. You’ll hear lightly processed vocals, analog synth patches, electronic wind instruments and drum samples that sound unlike any acoustic kit around. The “otherworldly” space atmosphere couldn’t be more apparent. While some jazz purists might see this as a gimmick, it’s the ideal persona for an experimental jazz group.

The opening track, “Cosmic Space Chip,” greets listeners with cluttered sounds, similar to what you might hear in a science fiction commercial from the mid-’80s. Shortly after, “Free Her” presents an interesting change. This song is a great example of how jazz and electronica can collide, especially toward the end of the song. The shortest moment of silence is interrupted by a relapse of low-fidelity drum loops. Later down the list, “Wiggity Wack” slides into a fun, lightweight groove. Not every song can stand on its own as a single, but they’re all worth the listen within the collection.

Some tracks steer a little too far from the path, which can be hard to follow for a casual listen. Also, the album ends in an odd spot as if there should be another song or two, but undoubtedly the Cosmic Collective will continue on its own groovy path, and those unfamiliar with the group should check out the album.

The Cosmic Collective’s Self-Titled is available via Apple Music and Spotify. To learn more about the band and upcoming shows, visit - Jordan Hall




 The cosmic collective is a transmuting ensemble of jazz musicians anchored on multi-instrumentalist bandleaders nikki elias and tyler enslow. The group’s effervescent chemistry evolves from performance to performance contingent upon the accompanying star sidemen, making each show a truly unforgettable, unique, and personal experience.
       A brilliant constellation in the Nashville sky, the cosmic collective has been featured on Greg Pogue’s ACME Radio Nashville Jazz Show, headlined the Murfreesboro Jazzfest, and frequently performs at Rudy’s Jazz Room and Gray’s on Main, among various other local venues. This exposure along with the group’s effortless blend of high-caliber musicianship and bona fide performances secured the cosmic collective a prominence within the greater Nashville area which merited the group a Nashville Industry Music Award (NIMA) nomination for “Best Jazz Group” in 2018.
       Having established strong roots in the Nashville jazz scene, the cosmic collective continues to expand its horizons with alacrity, headlining the Garden Gate Jazz Festival in Huntingburg, Indiana, performing as the house band for Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, and periodically partnering with distinguished artists such as Derrek Phillips, Don Aliquo, Paul Horton, and Victor Wooten on the stage. In the recording studio the group also boasts impressive pairings with renowned artists Doug Mosher, Jonathan Rogerson, and Matt Endahl, even collaborating with saxophonist Jeff Coffin on their debut eclectic electric jazz album, Abstract Notions.
​      To experience the cosmic forces for yourself, visit the cosmic collective at a nearby show, contact regarding booking and inquiries, or listen to Abstract Notions, available now on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, and all digital music platforms.

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