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We're Stuck

by Stuck

Music for a Martini Lounge on Mars -- imbued with a delicious sense of humor, an inspired gaiety and a smoldering sexuality...
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Fantastic Secret
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2. Let's Get Naked
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3. I Don't Understand
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4. Hypnosis
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5. Love Baby, Love
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6. Sushi
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7. One Voice
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8. Her Light (part I)
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9. Her Light (part Ii)
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10. Mine a Little Deeper
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11. Goin' Out
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12. My Pet Rat
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W E ' R E S T U C K ...and we're all about a p-ART-y!

"Imbued with a delicious sense of humor, an inspired gaiety and a smoldering sexuality" says Joshua Kline,

If you like sexy, fun and jazzy "We're STUCK" might be just for you...

"Music for a Martini Lounge on Mars," according to Mason Jones of, "With jazzy, out there semi-pop songs dominated by intricate rhythms thanks to the use of Chapman Stick in conjunction with the drums, Stuck showcase a quirky sense of humor in conjunction with excellent technical chops."

Bill Ribas of likes the martini analogy, too. "Like the initial buzz and head rush of a good martini (shaken, not stirred)," he says. And he selected "We're STUCK" as one of the best indie releases of 2002!

Singer Chisa is a "skat/pop diva" (Wade Contreras, arts editor, Likened to Bjork by more than one reviewer "her vocals are sensual, fun and accomplished".

But what makes STUCK so "STUCK" is the Stick -- the Chapman Stick, that is -- played by Pat Cahill (who also plays trumpet). Greg Howard ( says, "Cahill sneaks into the listener's head with his highly musical use of myriad "guitar" sounds and techniques. Everything from wild bends, chunky distorted rhythm parts, angular answering figures, big Andy Summers-style chords and even liquid-smooth jazz lines a la Abercromie or Metheny."

"We're STUCK" also features drummer Alex Fortuit, bassist Matt Pavolka and percussionist Loui Terrier who are the groove force of STUCK. They churn the beats from odds to evens, pitch them forward or swagger 'em back, and get you in the p-ART-y mood...

Pavolka also adds a bit of humor with his flatulent trombone on a few tracks like "Let's Get Naked" (track #2). Judi Silvano guests on flute to bring beautiful authenticity to a fusion-y tune about "Goin' Out" (track #11). Guest pianist Mika Pohjola lends mystery and grace to "Her Light," (tracks #8 & #9) a spacey homage to the miracle of the night sky.

Hope you'll come over for a (martian) martini, and join the STUCK p-ART-y!


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Mason Jones,

Music for a Martini Lounge on Mars
With jazzy, out there semi-pop songs dominated by intricate rhythms thanks to the use of Chapman Stick in conjunction with the drums, Stuck showcase a quirky sense of humor in conjunction with excellent technical chops. Vocalist Chisa's words are generally the centerpiece around which everything else revolves; she even duets with trombone at times.

The songs are poppy and accessible, yet always with a bit of an edge. "Fantastic Secret" starts thing off with a jazzy tune, Chisa's vocals enticing the listener. The introduction, mixing rhythmic vocal chants with the combined drums-and-Chapman-Stick interplay, gives things a King Crimson feel, but then the song settles in and we encounter the band's pattern of combining complexity with appealing vocal/instrumental melodies. Chisa duets with Stick/horn player Pat Cahill and bassist/trombonist Matt Pavolka, while Alex Fortuit keeps things moving on drums. Vocal/instrumental interplay is a recurring motif on the album, whether it be rhythmic chanting in time with Cahill's Stick playing or melodic countering between Chisa and the horn section.

Anna Maria Stjärnell

good fun and very moving
Stuck's music is part jazz and part funk. Chisa's inspired vocalising makes sure it doesn't get too hard to get into. The songs dart between restless energy and poppy hooks in a great way. The cooly understated "I don't Understand" is deeply haunting. "Hypnosis" has one of Chisa's most engaging vocal parts and a great melody. "Her Light (parts I & II)" is mysterious and evocative. It's a good jazz ode to the northern light.

V. Wade Contreras, Arts Editor,

If You've Got It, Flaunt It -- And Stuck's Got It
Spin up Stuck's new CD We're Stuck, and get ready for a fusion of many musical styles, including jazz, lounge, rock, experimental and pop, to name a few.

Stuck is led by vocal sensation Chisa, a Japanese-born former art student turned jazz skat/pop diva; her vocals are sensual, fun and accomplished. Also a standout is the solid, and at times intricate and technical, drumming of Alex Fortuit. However, Pat Cahill's chapman stick provides the foundation upon which the songs sit. Cahill and Chisa are the band's main songwriters, but Fortuit and Matt Pavolka on bass and trombone, as well as some guest players, complete a lineup with great musicianship.

Stuck's message is not a heavy one, as reflected in Chisa's lighthearted lyric approach, and indeed, the band states in their bio, "We're all about a p-ART-y!" This is music to bring a smile to the face, to jump up and dance to -- not to delve into the deep inner workings of the human condition.

Standout tracks on the CD include "Fantastic Secret," with a memorable vocal hook, and an outro with dreamy vocal layers that the band should use more of in the future. Another gem is "Mine a Little Deeper," a moody, entrancing song featuring a haunting melody and a simple two-note chapman stick groove that drives the track.

New York-based Stuck has released the album on its own Sticky Mess Music label, and plays shows regularly at New York hangouts such as the Knitting Factory and the Izzy Bar. About the only thing you can fault Stuck for is not featuring its standout frontwoman more prominently. Her picture belongs firmly planted on the front cover of this CD. I mean, if you're all about the sensual, and you've got a lead singer oozing sexuality, you might as well flaunt it.


We're Stuck is really, really cool. The interaction between Pat's Trumpet and Chisa's vocals are awesome. Their band is a well knit group of excellent musicians that delivers a powerful voice in today's fusion music.

Dr. Cosmo, WPRB, Princeton Univ. Radio

Hard to classify, but easy to listen to...once you hear 'em, you're STUCK
Chisa’s playfulness brings a mercurial impishness to her vocal stylings. While singing “My Pet Rat,” Chisa starts with an even-tempered jazz motif and ends with a screaming Bansheee from Hell motif. It’s quite a ride!
Pat is one of the few musicians who can play the Chapman Stick™ and the trumpet simultaneously.
The band has been together for over a year and continue to expand their repertoire through experimentation.

Bill Ribas,

like the initial buzz and head rush of a good martini (shaken, not stirred)
Sheaah, what is this I'm listening to? Jazz? Rock? Performance art? Don't bother trying to nail down the sound, because if you do succeed in labeling them, they'd probably change their sound. Vocalist Chisa sings much in the way Bjork does, coyly, with a heavy dose of sexuality at work, as her voice veers all over the place, toying with the lyrics, infusing humor, and pretty much doing what she damn well pleases. As for Pat Cahill, hat's off to anyone who can play a Chapman stick (a monster of a string instrument for those unfamiliar), and he can play one. Oh, and a trumpet at the same time. The music is chaotic, but not in the sense of a roller coaster with bad brakes. More like the initial buzz and head rush of a good martini (shaken, not stirred), where a confluence of the normal-and-alcohol-fueled senses provide a new means of viewing your environment. And, yeah, I'll call them quirky, you got a problem with that? Sorry, I've been tense lately.
Adventurous stuff, and well worth the trip.


Party music for the new millenium!
This record is party music for the new millenium! Vocalist Chisa has amazing presence and style. Her vocals swim effortlessly in the sea of sound created by Cahill's Chapman Stick. Sometimes funky, sometimes complex but always supported by the powerhouse rhythm section. Cahill, drummer Fortuit and bassist Pavolka perfectly construct this raw, grooving sound. The music matches urban life with the mysterious sensation of the other-worldly. This debut is a perfect sound track to the end of the year party season!

Jason Ellerbee, Dreams Wide Awake radio show

It's bloody fantastic!
It's bloody fantastic!

Joshua Kline

delicious sense of humor, an inspired gaiety, and a smoldering sexuality
Like a tea party in a souped-up, well-oiled convertible weaving through traffic at high speed, (Stuck) proceed with grace and ease, never spilling a drop. Imbued with a delicious sense of humor, an inspired gaiety, and a smoldering sexuality, Stuck’s music is just the challenge that Fusion players aspire to take on. But it is Chisa’s personality, charm, and strong vocal intuitions that keep the music from being just an exercise in What Hasn’t Been Done Yet...Cahill’s Chapman stick lends a particular zing to the band’s sound, providing a trippy and spacial background that’s altogether refreshing. On this release, Stuck’s talent and ingenuity bring disparate styles and sounds together to give the listener a pure, whole Fusion voice that’s remarkably rich in color and texture. for the full review


The recipe..."STUCK"...a dish to be desired!
"STUCK" Out -does the controlling principles of traditional music. They’re them! From the jazzy don’t stop classical bebop rock drop musical expertise they possess to their sarcastic sexy sassy sensual serious sense of lyrical craft, these kids ROCK! Look up and stand aside, the musical avalanche has just begun. The recipe: 1-The graceful vocal empowerment of Chisa along with her metamorphic use of p-ART-y accouterments (dazzles the ear). 2-Pat Cahill’s alacrity with the Chapman Stick (provides body and an interestingly unique sound that carves a very tasty background). 3-Matt Pavolka’s twilight zone bass grooves (enhances with more than a pinch of reverberating effectiveness) 4-add Alex Fortuit and Loui Terrier’s particularly intense magical timing (seasons with nature’s total force) 5- and a sprinkle of Pat (trumpet), Mika Pohjola (piano), Judi Silvano (flute), Matt (trombone) bring to a boil and there you have it... a band that inspires a very tantalizing treat to stimulate the senses. This CD debut is a dish to be desired, WE’RE STUCK will enliven any party!