Dave King, drums
Chris Speed, saxophone
Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
Eric Fratzke, guitar
Chris Morrissey, bass
The American roots tradition has been incorporated in jazz music from the inception, many would argue that jazz is the culmination of roots music making. Blending of folk, country and gospel sounds by jazz ensembles has become more and more familiar, most notably in the work of Bill Frisell, Keith Jarrett and Ornette Coleman.
Drummer/composer Dave King has become enamored with the concept of bridging the gap between American roots music and the avant-garde. As a Midwesterner, King has also developed an affinity for the “outsider.” In the arts particularly, the romanticized notion of the great innovator who created outstanding work without fanfare because of regional displacement has become gospel to wide audiences.
There you have the two defining elements of the Dave King Trucking Company band. King has used The Trucking Company as a palette for mixing both musical styles and superior musical talents not of the mainstream. As a matter of fact, the ensemble could be seen as the poster child for bands revolting against the “academic” lean of mainstream jazz, preferring a slant toward the corporeal.