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Ponga was a Seattle-based improvisational quartet composed of Dave Palmer (keyboards), Bobby Previte (drums), Skerik (saxophone) and Wayne Horvitz (keyboards). Ponga's performances and recordings were entirely improvised with no over dubs. The quartet started in 1997 and upon their first self-titled release in 1999 toured North America, Europe and Japan to excellent reviews. Often described as "intuitive" with references to Miles Davis, the group was also noted for styles that were all-encompassing. Reviews emphasize both aesthetic and technical expertise. The first album was followed by a release of Re-mixes by such notables as Fila Brazillia, Spacetime Continuum, and Amon Tobin containing more danceable beats. The final release Psychological like the first was recorded live and in part at the O.K. Hotel in Seattle. Along with their live performances it also received favorable reviews.
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