January 10 Tone-Cool Records is pleased to announce the addition of Garage A Trois to the label’s roster after signing the elusive band to a multi-album deal. Garage A Trois’ custom-made, full-length, debut studio album is slated for a late April 2003 release to coincide with the band’s appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

To create the debut album, specially-trained audio scientists will attempt to corral in the confines of the studio the spiritual sonic boom witnessed at the rare Garage A Trois live show--a totally analog, all-natural, constantly expanding and revolving bucket of jazz, rock, electronica, tribal percussion, and riotous improvisation.

The power-trio lineup of Charlie Hunter (8-string guitar), Stanton Moore (polyrhythms), and Skerik (saxophonics) was christened Garage A Trois prior to the release of the group’s vinyl-only Mysteryfunk (Fog City) EP. Wanting to intensify the threesome, Garage A Trois added the firepower of Mike Dillon (vibraphone and percussion) and now unites some of the most adventurous souls from the musical cultures of Berkeley, New York City, New Orleans, and Seattle.

While acknowledging the continued popularity of such labels as jamband, avant-garde, jazztronica, acid jazz, and ‘all new—with 25% more!’, the band is comfortable simply creating sounds that defy description while uplifting audiences with the improvisational musical voice of the Trois.

Garage A Trois kicked off 2003—‘The Year of the Trois’—early on the morning of January 3 with the first of three sold-out shows in Newport News, VA. Stay tuned for word on Garage A Trois Jazzfestivities in New Orleans in late April and a possible summertime sprint through the legendary venues of America.

Mike Dillon - Percussion and Vibraphone: An original member of the eclectic Critters Buggin, Mike’s current projects include the Malachy Papers, Brave Combo, Hairy Apes BMX, and the Black Frames. Mike has toured with Les Claypool's Frog Brigade and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and was described by JamBase as “possessed with a desire to always find something new, something deliciously rhythmic in any piece.”

Charlie Hunter – 8-string guitar and pandero: The L.A. Times has called him “a virtuosic player as conversant with rock and funk music as he is with straight-ahead jazz.” Charlie has nine releases to his credit, with a new solo record due out in March 2003 on Ropeadope Records. He is the musical force behind such projects as T. J. Kirk, the Charlie Hunter Trio, Pound for Pound Duo, and the Charlie Hunter Quartet. Charlie has worked with D’Angelo, Norah Jones, Mos Def, Galactic’s Theryl de Clouet, Dave Ellis, and Stefon Harris, has been nationally televised on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and has toured with Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.

Stanton Moore – Drums and Polyrhythms: A founding member of the New Orleans funk-groove unit Galactic, Stanton is also in the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, organ quartet Moore and More, and MVVP with Johnny Vidacovich, Rich Vogel, and George Porter Jr. Stanton has also released two solo joints, and has worked with Chris Wood (of Medeski Martin & Wood), Karl Denson, and guitarist Brian Seeger. Downbeat magazine has extolled Stanton’s “affinity for raw rhythm and funky drum gymnastics.”

Skerik – Saxophonist: Also a founding member of Critters Buggin’, Skerik has been known to fraternize with the Black Flames, SadHappy, Tuatara (with Peter Buck of R.E.M.), Ponga, Mike Clark's Prescription Renewal(with original Headhunters drummer Mike Clark, Charlie Hunter, Robert Walter, and DJ Logic), Crack Sabbath, Blotallica, and Elemental. Skerik has jammed with soul legend Fred Wesley, Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters, and Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade. JamBase theorized that “the rotation of our planet is somehow connected with this outer space super hero."

[Published on: 1/16/03]

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