Twenty years after Billy Martin asked Steven Bernstein to help him hatch a freaky avant brass band, Wicked Knee delivers their triumphant full-length debut, Heels Over Head. The 11-track recording, available today from Martin’s own Amulet Records, brings together four of the New York City downtown jazz scene’s most legendary improvisers, which along with Martin on drums and Bernstein on trumpet, features Curtis Fowlkes on trombone and Marcus Rojas on tuba. The resulting effort is a collection of tunes guaranteed to drop jaws and move feet from the New York juke joint to the New Orleans street corner.
“I’ve always had this seed planted,” says Martin, whose musical friendship with trumpeter Bernstein stretches back to their early days in John Lurieâ€™s Lounge Lizards. “It always made sense to have a small, pocket brass group.”
Â Heels Over Head is out now.
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