NYC band Out to Lunch brings fusion improv to three20south tonight
Ryan Summerlin September 6, 2012
Coming to the three20south stage in Breckenridge tonight is the New York-based band, Out to Lunch, bringing technical albeit funky grooves with “lots of improvisation and an eclectic mix of genres ranging from funk to hip-hop to house,” bandleader David Levy said.
The group is currently touring their third album, “No One Left Behind,” featuring heavy electronic influences without drums, unlike their first two albums.
“I like to think we’re sort of spearheading a new-ish type of fusion of jazz,” Levy told the Colorado Daily. “Some people call it jazztronica. We’re trying to do something a little bit different. You see it in the jam band scene … where bands are moving more toward the electronic side of things.”
Levy describes the group’s sound as “Squarepusher meets Parliament meets Miles Davis.” At home in the city, they play some of New York’s best jazz clubs. Despite the improvisation, their work has been described as sounding “carefully composed.”
On the lighter side, Levy describes a funny experience on the road in Canada: “A few weeks ago in Toronto while waiting in traffic, the car beside us hit the car in front of it and then proceeded to hit the car two more times. The driver was an elderly lady, and when she got out of the car to explain what happened to the driver of the car that she hit she said, ‘I forgot which pedal was the brake!'”
The show takes place tonight at three20south; doors open at 9 p.m. and there’s no cover.