Vernon Reid: Guitar, Electronics
Jamaaladeen Tacuma: Bass
G. Calvin Weston: Drums
The birth of the FREE FORM FUNKY FREQS intertwined with the untimely death of Tonic, the legendary underground center for jazz, rock performance and experimental music in lower Manhattan. Weston was asked to perform in its last days , he called two long time friends to share the stage. Due to busy tour schedules the trio had not played a single note together. The success of this spontaneous performance at Tonic came as a revelation to the trio. Shortly thereafter, Weston invited Reid and Tacuma to come to his native Philadelphia, playing the underground haven, Tritone. Once again with no prior planning, the three took the stage and had yet another remarkable evening. The next gig was a Live Studio recording (Urban Mythology) produced by Reid. After touring for a few years and 50+ concerts under their belt , the trio steps back into the studio for yet another completly improvised set. Recorded at 1K studios in Philadelphia,by Tim Motzer. The Follow up Live Studio recording Bon Vivant is produced by Tacuma and displays the progression of the bands highly improvised performance, and released Tacuma's label Jam-All Productions.
Vernon Reid is no stranger in the circles of rock and funk, a Grammy award winning member of the rock outfit Living Colour and his "instrumental" group Masque. Vernon has been honing his improvisational skills with legends including Public Enemy, Carlos Santana, James "Blood" Ulmer, Mick Jagger and many, many others. Jamaaladeen Tacuma, veteran of Ornette Coleman's project "Prime Time" and since has constantly toured Europe, playing with musicians from all around the world . He continues to be known for his powerful and energetic improvisational ability literally a living legend in the Jazz circles. Calvin Weston, a bandleader in his own right, has played alongside of Billy Martin (of Medeski Martin and Wood) Tricky, Eyvind Kang, Derek Baily, Mark Ribot and James Carter. Recently, he as been involved in playing on several movie soundtracks like "Get Shorty", and joined John Lurie's Lounge Lizards and new studio recordings.
Touring Europe performing at a diverse list of venues from Milan Blue Note, Jazz Festivals to underground cubs this group continues to mesmerize audiences with a fresh new highly energized sound that pushes the art of improvisation to new heights.
Is it the reinvention of the power trio, is it a peek into the future or perhaps it’s the present being fast-forwarded? That is for you to decide, but either way, it’s a journey worth taking.