Solid State

Solid State

BandJazzLatin

Solid State is a contemporary jazz group featuring 4 horns backed by piano, guitar, bass, and drums. We perform all original music and our compositions cover various genres of jazz including Latin, swing, funk, and ballads. Several of our original tunes have been used on 'The Weather Channel'.

Biography

Due to the band members' extensive backgrounds in the music business, SOLID STATE leans more toward the unexpected as a means of expressing and exploring music. These innovative compositions are rooted in the foundations of classic jazz combined with a contemporary rhythmical approach, leaning toward non-repetitive melodies and greater overall tonal variation. They combine any and all elements of Swing, Latin, Funk, Blues and Bebop, along with some haunting ballads. The band's horns lend themselves to the creation of unusual blends of melodies and interesting textures. Musical influences run from Miles Davis to Bela Bartok, Jimi Hendrix to Joe Pass, Brecker Brothers to Paul Desmond, Jimmy Smith to Bill Evans, and Hank Williams to Stevie Wonder. The goal is to provide a comfortable yet innovative listening listening experience... one that stays close enough to home so as not to be dissonant or cacophonous, but adventurous and challenging to those willing to join us on the ride.

Discography

We have completed 4 CD's worth (40 songs) of original jazz written by members of the group. We can supply MP3 files of any tunes listed below. The titles of the songs alphabetically are:

5 LINED SKINK
AFTER IT S OVER
AUTUMN SKY
BABY BEEF
BALD EAGLE
BED OF COLES
BODDENTOWN
THE BUFFARILLA
CLEARING
COLD MINOR
DELUSION
DIRTY RUG
DOPPLER FUNK
EQUILIBRIS
EYE OF THE STORM
FAMILY TIES
FIRST CHOICE
FIVE LINED SKINK
FRABESON
GROOVUS MAXIMUS
LATINO
MASION PARIS
MESA VERDE
MIND'S EYE
MONTEVERDE
MRS PUFFIN
MUD DAY HOLIDAY
NYCG
RELIGION
THE SCHWARTZ BE WITH YOU
SCRUFFY FEET
SEARAIN
SIGNAL STRENGTH
STREAMLINE
STUCCO MAN
SUNNY BEAR
SWAMP GAS
TO THE BRIDGE
TUMBAO
US'NS

Set List

We usually play two 1:15 sets during a 3 hour performance with a 20 minute intermission. We can adjust this to fit your particular set parameters. Since our songs are all original, I'll give a keyword or two for each to indicate each tempo or mood. A typical 2 set show might include:

Set 1

BODDENTOWN - Reggae
CLEARING - Latin
SCRUFFY FEET - Upbeat Funk
MONTEVERDE - Moody Ballad
FRABESON - Energetic & Smooth
MIND'S EYE - Fast & Swinging
AFTER IT'S OVER - Bossa Nova
NYCG - Energetic Urban Swing
COLD MINOR - Slow, Bluesy Swing
LATINO - High Energy Latin

Set 2

DOPPLER FUNK - Upbeat Hip-Hop Jazz
TO THE BRIDGE - Modern Contemporary
TUMBAO - Latin/Santana
BED OF COLES - Hi-Energy Smooth Modern
SWAMP GAS - Down-Home Funk
SEARAIN - Moody, Medium-Slow
SIGNAL STRENGTH - Fusion JazzRock
FIRST CHOICE - Latin Groove
BABY BEEF - Torrid funk