Human Motion is a Chicago-based jazz quintet dedicated to playing improvised music, focusing particularly on the original compositions of its members. Led by bassist Jeff Greene, the quintet features trumpeter Matt Holman, alto saxophonist Taku Akiyama, pianist Jordan Baskin, and percussionist Jon Deitemyer. Coming from five distinctly different backgrounds, each individual brings his life experiences and love of music to every performance to create a cohesive and inspired unit. Human Motion draws from tradition while looking toward the future.
Friendly Bears began playing together in Fall '00 (under the name Osos
Amistosos) as a trio. In their 4-year existence, they have been able to
emerge from their free-improvisation roots into a style of rock music
that represents strong foundations in punk, classical, metal, and jazz
music. The Bears recruited Mary Halvorson in June '02 to solidify their
lineup. With this lineup in place, they recorded a split 12" record
with Philadelphia's Infidel?/Castro! on the Ricecontrol and Epicene
labels. The compositions are an infusion of hardcore energy and melodic
In the Fall of '03 the band changed its lineup again, when Matt Filler
took the baritone guitar spot and Rich returned to guitar. Friendly
Bears are now in the process of finishing up their full-length record,
"On Oceans, Light, and Sleep" which is rooted in their older style, but
also augmented by new sounds, ideas, and instrumentation. Also in
existence is a split 7" record ("The Streamwinner 7") with Asheville,
North Carolina's Ahleuchatistas (made possible by Angura Sound and SAID
Here are our "press quotes"
Friendly Bears take jazz, fusion, punk energy, and the complexities of
prog and throw it all into a blender. What you get is intelligent
instrumental music that is extremely intricate, yet never pummels the
listener with heavy riffs and incessant noodling.
-Sea Of Tranquility webzine
Great stuff and guaranteed to make you the coolest kid on the block.
Dense, and invigorating. . .
Listening to this is like breathing, it comes naturally. trumpet,
guitar, baritone guitar, and drums combine to soothe your nerves while
stealthily poisoning your drink.