(DIMESTORE DANCE BAND)
DDB are a jazz
band, but their approach is more punk rock and more compositional
then the standard head-head improvising. Think Eric Satie
vignettes sandblasted with Django Reinhardt brio and Mark
Danceband (2001-present): New York trio plus wildcard melodicists,
named in honor of former-day swing combos who inked prime
quality retail endorsements (Montgomery Ward, Beall's, Meyer
Meyers, FAO Schwarz, etc.). With their spirited blend of
1940s small combo stratagems, post-bop stumbling struts,
and Ivesian ethereal flights, the group is keen and confident
of just such an endorsement on their horizon.
original Dimestore Danceband was born of remnant stepchild
songs from six-string bandit Jack Martin's days in the Knoxville
Girls. Hired to provide cocktail music, Paterson's own Martin
literally collared enfant violiste (and Montclair native)
Dylan Willemsa on the street and pressed him into service.
To such fruitful ends that the fledgling duo grew into a
full bore quartet, finally settling in with the grits-and-gravy
rhythm section of J. Scott Jarvis (drummage/cowbell) and
Jude Webre (Fenderbass/bass violin) in the fall of 2002.*
Since then, the group has been performing around New York,
at varied venues In the wake of Willemsa's recent abduction
by Czech agents, the remaining trio has also begun to bring
in guest soloists- the likes of Doug Wieselman, Ezekial
Healey, and Meredith Yayanos.
enemy of the Danceband ethos is polite trad formalism. No
transcriptions are allowed, while stolen melodic fragments
are encouraged. Rework the calculations. See, the secret
about "oldtimey jazz music" is that they played
hard, they fucked it up, and they pushed into the future.
Though the Danceband draws on the venerable influences of
Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Christian, and Thelonious Monk,
their music exists to be formed and informed by present
day folks using their earful talents. As a result, strains
of Satie, Schnittke, Barney Bigard, Mal Waldron, the basement
tapes, Hubert Sumlin, Mike Watt, the Lounge Lizards, Albert
Ayler, and Alvarius B are folded into the mix. Musical pastiche
is a dangerous proposition to be sure, with many Countrytime
casualties along the way. But craftworthy care can create
a living response to the streams of jazz and roots music
without too much stuffy veneration or scorekeeping. The
connection of instrument to ear is simple, with few theories
needed. Just listen.
music credentials: Jack Martin Knoxville Girls, Honeymoon
Killers, the world of Kid Congo, Cause for Applause, Stuart
Lupton, half a cigarette in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Dylan Willemsa
Nina Nastasia, Daniel Carter, Ionsports, Julliard, Halo
on Xbox, L-Train gold medalist. Jude Webre The Places, Cosmos
Group, MF Doom, Bing Ra, patience and fortitude. J Scott
Jarvis (LowerEastSide certified legend) The Workdogs, Mo
Tucker, Half Japanese, Julee Cruise, Panther Burns, Beastie
Dance Band is where guitarist Jack Martin gets his early
20th century jones sorted out (Django, Charlie Christian
et al.) and with some style, too. His instrumental band
usually features violist Dylan Willema, but tonight Doug
Wieselman's clarinet takes that role"
Out Ny, 2004-03-07
Jack Martin's gypsy jazz quartet is hard to categorize because
technically DDB are a jazz band, but their approach is more
punk rock and more compositional then the standard head-head
improvising. Think Eric Satie vignettes sandblasted with
Django Reinhardt brio and Mark Ribot skronk. Tonight clarinetist
Doug Weiselman sits in."
Village Voice, 2004-03-07
unpredicable guitar slinger Jack Martin's old-timey instrumental
band evokes catchy Erik Satie ragtime, spooky Django Reinhardt
gypsy jazz along with the wit and dazzling virtuosity of
Matt Munisteri's Brock Mumford."
unpredictable guitarist Jack Martin — this generation's
Hubert Sumlin — leads this completely unique unit.
All instrumental. Imagine early Erik Satie ragtime hits
played by a 1920s acoustic speakeasy band with echoes of
Django Reinhardt gypsy melodies and Charlie Christian jazz
exotic Dimestore Dance Band is where ace guitarist Jack
Martin exorcises his gypsy soul. With nuanced violist Dylan
Willemsa as his melodic foil, it can't go wrong"
Dance Ensemble is more Django Reinhardt/Stefane Grappelli
than Jagger/Richards, Spencer/ Bauer or Abbott/Costello
and that's a good thing."
Martin's Dimestore Dance Band is sophisticated without being
pretentious, gritty without being coarse. Carnival rhythms,
dance floor sways, swirls of midnight swampy razmatazz,
via the background lilts of exquisite violins, guitars,
drum brushes evokes a feeling of yesteryear; Django Reinhardt
slipping through the back door to give this magnificent
ensemble of exceptional musicians a listen. Jack martin
is one of the finest guitar players around, so try to catch
this band in your town soon. Even though this CD is self
produced and a label hasn't picked it up (yet), it is my
choice for pick of the year."
Wolfe, BB Gun