is an exciting new and independently produced trio from southern California!
Their debut record titled, “Punk-Funk, in-the-pocket,
acid-jazzed, Boogaloo.” is irrefutably one of the most unusual
titled projects I’ve seen to date. Deep Pocket Theory’s
music is blessed with a comprehensive mix of soulful grooves,
driven by a phat dose of attitude & charisma that dwells in
close affiliation with the rawness of jazz and non-censored
funk that transports you back in time with their refreshingly
potent old school vibes!
Who is DPT?
Interestingly, DPT gives a brief description of who they are as
a group …“We
are here to save the world from bad guys in our off time; you see Tony
is Superman, Gary is Batman, and Dave is Dave, man.”
As you can see, these guys are tooooooo much …
Players are: Tony Palos ~ keys, Dave
Senft ~ drums & Gary Short ~ bass, Produced by Gary
Short for Nylad Records © 2004
the box, Deep Pocket Theory quickly establishes their presence
with a swinging and pulsating groove penned by bassist Gary Short,
titled “WunTuffCookee.” Keyboardist Tony Palos is
well schooled in the origins of old jazz and groove. This guy works
the Hammond B-3 with forcefulness and proficiency!
Eat,” is strictly from the archives of old school grooves with
strong hints of James Brown written into the script by bassist Gary
Short. This track could easily be the signature song for the trio,
considering their sense of humor and ability to jam will bring a
wealth of joy to your listening experience with each spin.
Gary Short pens, the next selection titled “Happy To Be
Here,” is a slanted to down-tempo direction. “Happy To Be
Here,” is also on the jazzier side of this wondrous
collection of tangible music. On this track, the cohesiveness of the
trio glitters with the expertise of veteran musicians, which confirms
they’re passion and appreciation for jazz.
this point, DPT slips back in time and adds their twist to Herbie
Hancock’s, fusion classic “Chameleon.” Yes, these
guys are actually covering a jam that a lot of bands will perform in a
live setting, but somehow never makes it to the recording studio. Hmmm,
DPT breaths life into my theory of why artist should consider
covering quality jazz tunes instead of wearing out pop and r&b
songs (I know wishful thinking on my behalf?) that might or not
be played on radio!
Hand is It?” Mr. Short has an innate ability for scoring
intense, yet descriptive tunes. As a result they’re punctual and
irresistible music to devour!
jazz enthusiasts that I know, at some point in their travels have
heard (like it or not) the next selection titled “Tutu,”
which was written by Marcus Miller and originally recorded
by jazz legend Miles Davis on the album of the same title.
DPT, handles they’re business by covering this classic track
with gusto and the undeniably infectious rhythms are relentless and
absolutely burns on the next cut titled, “Boogie Stop Shuffle,”
which was penned by legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus. Yep,
this tune fits perfectly into the scope of their personality as a
unit. “Boogie Stop Shuffle,” is groovin’, uplifting and
just plain fun to listen to.
One for The Bait Bucket,” bassist Gary Short scores another
enticing tune, which brings closure to this eight-song adventure. This
selection confirms that Short’s writing and arranging skills
deserves applause for his diligence as a composer and arranger for
Pocket Theory consciously
takes you on a musical homage that embraces the qualities of
old-school, funk-fueled, and rhythmic head bobbing grooves titled, “Punk-Funk,
in-the-pocket, acid-jazzed, Boogaloo.” The aura of these
indelible groove masters makes this journey an
enjoyable listen. DPT, works well for me considering they’re
playing music with enthusiasm they sincerely love without sounding
pretentious and noticeably animated in the process. If you’re
looking for a inimitable music alternative, then please if you will,
“do yo ears a flavor,” and check out this
dynamo trio that’s based somewhere (?) in southern Callie,
called Deep Pocket Theory!