Kobie Watkins Grouptet

Movement

Origin 82759

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Known for his fiery, emotive drumming from the last decade of touring and recording with Sonny Rollins, Bobby Broom and Kurt Elling, Kobie Watkins was at the same time visualizing musical concepts for his own compositions and group. First explored on his 2009 solo debut, "Involved," Watkins' new formation was created from the inside out, born and cultivated from his travels and experiences and realized through his several year performing relationship with pianist Justin Nielson and his creatively connected bandmates. Though born and raised in Chicago and now based in North Carolina, the Grouptet was formed by happenstance in Idaho near the entrance to Yellowstone, where they were each brought in to teach. The remoteness allowed them to freely explore their own collective voice resulting in this collection of nine inspired originals, along with a slinky new arrangement of "Manteca."


Track Listing:

1 Catch This 6:28
2 The City 7:20
3 Movement 8:41
4 Six Moods 6:57
5 Ga-Rum-Ban 6:40
6 Inner Motion 9:56
7 Rivet 8:23
8 MBDC 6:49
9 Falling Upward 7:38
10 Manteca 9:08

All compositions by Kobie Watkins, KAALA BMI, except
(5) by Ryan Nielsen, (9) by Justin Nielsen, (10) Dizzy Gillespie,
Chano Pozo, & Gil Fuller, Arr. Aaron Miller, Prestige

Performers:

Kobie Watkins - Drums Set & Percussion
Jonathan Armstrong - Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
Ryan Nielsen - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Justin Nielsen - Piano & Fender Rhodes
Aaron Miller - Upright Acoustic Bass

Production Info:

Produced by Kobie Watkins
Recorded by Jason Richmond at the BYU-Idaho Department of Music and College of Visual and Performing Arts (Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts), Rexburg, ID
Assistant Engineers: Tyler Mcniven & Matt Searle
Student Assistants: Colten Stanger, Tom Francis, Rylen Wind, Andrew Bangerter, Jesse Lee
Recorded April 12-15, 2017
Mixed by Jason Richmond, Efland, NC
Mastered by Brian Schwab at Schwab Music, Chicago, IL
Photographs by Kelly Robbins, Kobie Watkins
Painting by Holly Nielsen
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Movement

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
From Chicago and Sonny Rollins he came but now Watkins is based in North Carolina and finds himself kicking it out with a group that came together at the entrance of Yellowstone. Not wide open spaces music, this is solid, straight ahead jazz informed by chops well heated in the crucible of nightly playing with some other real hitters along the way ...

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