The Hammond B3 is at the core of the funky soul-jazz grooves that provide a vehicle for stylistically uncompromised improvisation. While saxophonist Daryl Lowery's playing is noticeably rooted in the music of John Coltrane and the "post-Coltrane influenced" school the highly original sound of Instant!Groove featuring Yoron Israel (drums), Rick Peckham (guitar), Ron Mahdi (acoustic bass), and Dennis Montgomery, III (B3), is reminiscent of the organ based groups of John Scofield and draws much of its repertoire from the likes of "Big" John Patton, Ruben Wilson, Don Patterson and Leon Spencer.
Daryl Lowery saxophonist was born and raised in the Metropolitan New York area were he was exposed to Jazz, Soul, Funk, R&B and fell in love with these and other African American art forms. Daryl came to Boston to study at New England Conservatory and has since recorded and or performed with such notables as imortals Dizzy Gilespie and Jackie Byard, the eclectic Ran Blake and Boston's funk legend Ellis Hall. In addition to occasional tours during the past five years with Sony Music artist Al Kooper he performs regularly with the Boston based Soul/R&B Urban Renewal Band, the Greg Hopkins 16 Piece Jazz Orchestra and Blues After Dark. Daryl has been a Berklee College of Music faculty member since 1987.
Drummer Yoron Israel also performs with the Frank Morgan Quartet, James Williams and ICU, Chico Freeman's Latin jazz group, Guataca, and vocalist Vanessa Rubin. His recordings include Chicago (Double-Time), released in 2000 featuring saxophonist Joe Lovano, organist Larry Goldings and guitarist Marvin Sewell. Live at the Blue Note (Half Note), and A Gift for You (Double-Time). Previous performances and recording credits include Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Larry Coryell, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Shirley Caesar and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and numerous others. Yoron Israel is currently the Assistant Chair of Percussion at Berklee College of Music.
Rick Peckham is an internationally known jazz guitarist, composer, writer and clinician. He has performed with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Gibbs and Tim Berne, and recorded the album Stray Dog as a member of the highly original jazz ensemble Um, led by trombonist Hal Crook and featuring organist John Medeski. Assistant chair of the guitar department, Peckham has been a Berklee faculty member since 1986. He is also a prolific and accomplished writer, and a frequent contributor to DownBeat and other music magazines.
GrooveMaster of the Hammond B3, Minister of Music at Concord Baptist Church, in Boston's South End Dennis Montgomery III grew up singing and playing organ in Baptist churches in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. As Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music he is director of the Reverence Gospel Choir and other gospel ensembles. Among those who have passed through his groups are Paula Cole, Lalah Hathaway, and Susan Tedeschi, and guitarist Mark Whitfield. Dennis frequently performs with the Boston based group Blues After Dark and has been a featured guest on National Public Radio's The Connection.
Acoustic bassist Ron Mahdi is has performed with Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson, Donald Brown, Kevin Eubanks, Jeff Watts, and Bill Pierce. He has toured nationally and internationally with Roy Haynes, Dr. Donald Byrd, Nnenna Freelon, and Teodross Avery. Ron lives in Boston where he teaches at Berklee College of Music.
Daryl Lowery and Instant!Groove is Acid Jazz++
Sometimes makes you want to move. Always it's Funky!