Shotgun Wedding Quintet
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Shotgun Wedding Quintet

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE
Band Hip Hop Alternative


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"The Shotgun Wedding Quintet"

The Shotgun Wedding Quintet is an engaging jazz and hip-hop group in the same Bay Area tradition that birthed the likes of Alphabet Soup and the Broun Fellinis. On the band's debut disc, MC Dublin spits tales from the mind of a "Croatian-Irish drunk country-ass white dude," DJ Aspect McCarthy tears it up on the turntables, and the rhythm section is locked in the groove. Local jazz greats like guitarist Will Bernard, bassist Marcus Shelby, and saxophonist Kenny Brooks make guest appearances on The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, but these features alone aren't what make the CD noteworthy. What separates this quintet from the rest is the hugeness of its sound, which is layered with horns, strings, and woodwinds for a Nelson Riddle/Lalo Schifrin orchestral vibe. Tracks like "500 Proof," the Grover Washington Jr.–channeling "We Take It Back," and the hilariously thought-provoking anti-bling anthem "The Day I Blew Up" all have what it takes to move the crowd. Things get really interesting, though, on the psych-out TV-theme-styled "Time Will Judge," which ends in a charged rant more akin to Zach de la Rocha than Herbie Mann. The song reminds the listener that, yes, jazz can be dangerous too. Another surprise is the smooth, bluesy mood of "Don't Wake Me Up," which almost recalls an Elmer Bernstein theme before plunging headfirst into the funky "Half Full or Half Empty" with its Meters guitars and handclaps. The Shotgun Wedding Quintet offers impressive sounds from a multifaceted group on its way up, up, and away. - SF Weekly


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Forming in 2003, The Shotgun Wedding Quintet has worked to create an illicit blend of hip hop and jazz that's rooted in tradition, but is ever looking forward. Each member of the band is a multi-instrumentalist, making use of samplers and looping-techniques to create a wall of sound as band members shift from instrument to instrument building continuous layers of music and rhythm. As a result, this 4-piece ensemble creates the sound of a 10-piece group that is equal parts big-band and boom-bap, paying homage to the art of improvisation both lyrically and instrumentally.

The Shotgun Wedding Quintet is comprised of Dublin (MC), Adam Theis (bass, synth bass, trombone, tuba), Joe Cohen (sax, organ, synthesizer, piano), and pDubL (pronounced P-Double, on drums, sampler).