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The Skinny ~ Dig On It ~ Released Today October 9, 2012!
(Published: October 09, 2012)

The Skinny
Dig On It

Released Today October 9, 2012!

Kyle Asche guitar, Ben Paterson Hammond B-3, Jake Vinsel electric bass, Mike Schlick drums

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dig-On-It-The-Skinny/dp/B008NN3GU2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349784975&sr=8-1&keywords=the+skinny+dig+on+it

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-skinny/id194906855

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Formed in 2005, The Skinny became a band in the wake of bassist Jake Vinsel's inspired association with the legendary James Brown funky drummer Clyde Stubblefield. Guitarist Kyle Asche, one of the most active guitarists on Chicago's rich Hammond Organ trio scene, brought influence and repertoire from Grant Green, George Benson and Melvin Sparks to the band. Mike Schlick, a longtime cornerstone of Chicago's vibrant Blues and Jazz scenes alike, came with an unmistakable "old school" backbeat as well as a deep understanding of the music of The Meters and Booker T & The MG's. Organist Ben Paterson has been at the side of the legendary Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman for almost a decade. In addition to his elegant and swinging piano style, Paterson is a force to be reckoned with on the B-3 organ. As student of Chicago's own Hammond Organ wizard Chris Foreman, Paterson absorbed much of the sound, style and repertoire of the legendary Jimmy McGriff.

With Ben Paterson manning the Hammond B-3, Kyle Asche on guitar, Jake Vinsel on bass and Mike Schlick on drums, the four kindred spirits collectively known as The Skinny have come up with their own personal spin on the soul-jazz tradition. Carrying on in the spirit of Jimmy McGriff, Boogaloo Joe Jones and Grant Green, they also reveal the influences of James Brown, The Meters and Booker T & The MGs along the way. Suffice it to say, these Chicago-based groovemeisters know how to lay it down and slap some bacon fat on it.

While the members of The Skinny remains active on Chicago's rich straight ahead jazz scene, they reserve their funkiest tendencies for this cooperative quartet, which forged its indelible chemistry during a longstanding residency at Pete Miller's, a popular steak house in Evanston where many up and coming jazz musicians and veterans alike have held forth over the years. "We started that gig in 2006 and had a steady engagement there for five years," says guitarist Asche. "The vast majority of stuff we recorded was what we had been playing every week there, so we could just go in the studio and hit and not have to worry about sussing out arrangements or reading charts."

-Bill Milkowski is a contributor to Jazz Times. He is also the co-author of "Here And Now! The Autobiography of Pat Martino" (Backbeat Books)


The dictionary of slang defines the skinny as "inside information" as in "is that the straight dope?" The musical collective known as The Skinny seems to have found its version of this definition with their debut release entitled Dig On It.

Harking back to the soul-jazz styling of Jimmy McGriff and Grant Green among others, these Chicago-based musicians have brought their "A" game to a fifteen-track set of mostly originals from various members of the band, along with several covers from the soul-jazz era. The band starts out with a sly opener from bassist Jake Vinsel entitled "Slim's Walk", and then segues into Jimmy McGriff's funky title track "Dig On It" with organist Paterson showing his chops. Starting out originally as a pianist, Paterson built his reputation in the Chicago jazz clubs, as well as being the pianist for hard-bop legend tenor-man Von Freeman, who died of heart failure on August 11, 2012.

-Pierre Giroux, Audiophile Audition


The Skinny Dig On It CD Release Party:

Andy's Jazz Club
11 E. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611
October 26 & 27, 2012
9:30pm, 11pm, 12:30am
$15 Cover


Upcoming Release:

UoU Take the 7 Train (TIP1112)
To be released early 2013. Stayed tuned for further info!

Daisuke Abe guitar, Takuji Yamada alto sax, bass clarinet
Yoko Komori piano, Kuriko Tsugawa bass, Yoshifumi Nihonmatsu drums

One of the most adventurous young bands that is auspiciously exploring jazz with its national heritage in mind is UoU, a quintet of musicians who hail from Japan. All five members made the pilgrimage to the jazz home base, via the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston and later to New York (arguably the world's jazz capital).
UoU brings its unique sound inflected by Japanese lyricism and rhythm to the fore on its remarkable sophomore album, Take the 7 Train. Starting with the CD title, you sense that the band is committed to a creative vision. Most bands would be happy to retread familiar territory with a rendition of "Take the ‘A' Train," the Billy Strayhorn standard, that became Duke Ellington's signature tune, that stamped approval on the long subway line that stretches from Far Rockaway in Queens to Inwood in upper Manhattan.
But UoU has hopped onto a different subway line: the 7 train. Drummer Yoshifumi Nihonmatsu wrote the tune "Take the 7 Train" and later came up with the title. "It was in 7 so he was joking that that's how we should name it," says Daisuke.
Kuriko adds, "We used to go to the jam at Cleopatra's Needle [in the Upper West Side on Broadway Avenue] and come home late at 3 or 4 in the morning. And some of us would take the 7 train." Not only is the tune catchy, but it also captures the images of the late-night subway: the homeless, the drunks, the people who are tired and the people who are noisy.

-Dan Ouellette, DownBeat, author of Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes and the upcoming biography Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear


Recent Releases:

July 10, 2012
Teriver Cheung My Nocturne (TIP1110)

Teriver Cheung guitar, Andrew Gould alto saxophone
Linda Oh bass, Ross Pederson drums

"Teriver Cheung reveals a gentle touch and a mature, composerly approach on his first recording as a leader. Accompanied by bassist Linda Oh, alto saxophonist Andrew Gould and his former North Texas schoolmate Ross Pederson on drums, guitarist Cheung (a onetime child prodigy on piano) demonstrates an impressive command of his instrument"
JAZZTIMES (August 2012), Bill Milkowski

"No matter how high the technical bar has been raised for aspiring guitarists, one simple fact remains: musicality is what matters. Teriver Cheung, age 27, has found ways to transcend a chops-centric approach and create music full of breath, space and surprise. On My Nocturne, his auspicious debut, he reveals himself as a player of great skill but also poetic sensitivity. He can do difficult, yes: his single-note lines generate heat and friction, leaping across intervals, avoiding the obvious. But it's the lyricism, the rhythmic idiosyncrasy and above all the personal quality of his writing and improvising that makes Cheung an artist to watch."
David R. Adler, Liner Notes

June 26, 2012
Vitaly Golovnev What Matters (TIP1109)

Vitaly Golovnev trumpet, Zhenya Strigalev alto saxophone, Nathan Peck bass, Pete Zimmer drums

"A nimble trumpeter whose tone can range from clarion to pugilistic, Golovnev has synthesized influences ranging from Clifford Brown and (Booker) Little to Dave Douglas and Tom Harrell into a broad personal style."

"Golovnev is clearly a force to be reckoned with"

"Golovnev projects an idiosyncratic sensibility, ironic and romantic"

"His playing suggests a more progressive, angular and daring feel to this music"
ALL MUSIC GUIDE, Michael G. Nastos

April 17, 2012
Pete Zimmer Prime of Life (TIP1108)

Pete Zimmer drums, George Garzone tenor saxophonePeter Bernstein guitar, Peter Slavov bass

"Check out Zimmer's articulate solo on "One for GG" and his second-line pulse on "The Three Petes.""
MODERN DRUMMER MAGAZINE, Ilya Stemkovsky (June 2012)

"A flexible rhythmist, Zimmer conjures a loping, insinuating groove"
JAZZTIMES, Bill Milkowski (April 2012)

"The playing here is impressive all the way through."
CADENCE, Jerome Wilson, (April 2012)

"Prime of Life is as lively and cohesive as a record can be"
THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD, Terrell Holmes (March 2012)

"Prime of Life, drummer Pete Zimmer's fifth recording as a leader, has a clean, crisp, soulful sound."
ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM by Dan McClenaghan (January 2, 2012)


Upcoming Performances:
Pete Zimmer
October 25, 2012, Pete Zimmer Trio, Bar Next Door, 8:30pm, NYC.
November 6 - 10, 2012, Pete Zimmer Quartet, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (After Hours), 11pm, NYC.

Kyle Asche
October 9, 2012 Kyle Asche Solo Jazz Guitar @ Broadway Cellers, Chicago.
October 13, 2012, with the Sarah Marie Young Quintet @ The Bronzeville Jazz Festival, Chicago.
October 14 & 21, 2012, Buddy's Guy's Sunday Afternoon Jazz Party. @ Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago.
October 21, 2012 with the Ben Paterson Organ Trio @ The Green Mill, Chicago.
October 26 & 27, 2012, The Skinny "Dig On It" CD release weekend @ Andy's Jazz Club, Chicago.

November 2, 2012, Octet, Yamagata, Japan
November 3, 2012, Jazz Me Blues Nola, Sendai, Japan
November 9, 2012, Park Cafe Green, Yokohama, Japan
November 11, 2012, Star Eyes, Nagoya, Japan
November 13, 2012, Jazz on Top, Osaka, Japan
November 14, 212, Body&Soul, Shizuoka, Japan
November 15, 2012, NARU, Tokyo, Japan

Vitaly Golovnev
October 9, 23, 26, 2012 - with George Gee Orchestra at Swing 46, 9pm New York
October 21, 2012 - with Artie Shaw Orchestra, York, PA, 7pm venue tba
November 6-10, 2012 - with Pete Zimmer Quartet, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (After Hours), 11pm, NYC
December 10-21, 2012 - with Artie Shaw Orchestra, Cross Atlantic cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Miami US

Teriver Cheung
October 20 - November 12, 2012, Poland/UK tour with Przemysław Straczek
November 19, 2012, Teriver Cheung Trio, Bar Next Door, 6:30pm, NYC.
December 17, 2012, Teriver Cheung Trio, Bar Next Door, 6:30pm, NYC.


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