Chunked is the debut album by Toronto's Triodes, a genre-jumping instrumental group that traces its roots to the upbeat instrumental R+B, soul, and funk of groups such as Booker T and the MGs, The Meters, and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, but with generous nods to early reggae and ska, modern jazz, experimental rock, and electronica.
Chunked features unique covers of everything from Desmond Decker's hit "The Israelites" to groovy Duke Ellington on "Blue Pepper" to the psychedelic funk of The Rhythm Machine's "The Kick," alongside the funky and quirky originals of guitarist Michael Occhipinti and keyboardist Paul Neufeld. Special guest and long time friend Jeff Coffin (The Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) is featured on several tracks, and rapper PHATT Al makes an appearance as well.
Formed as a spin off of their JUNO Award (Canda's Grammy) winning jazz ensemble NOJO (Neufeld-Occhpinti Jazz Orchestra), Triodes’ co-leaders Michael Occhipinti and Paul Neufeld have been collaborating on projects since they met at Toronto’s York University in 1988. NOJO won a JUNO for its 1995 debut CD and each of the group’s four subsequent original music releases has yielded a JUNO nomination, including two recordings with brilliant clarinetist Don Byon and one with sax legend Sam Rivers. NOJO's most recent work is an original arrangement of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon.
released 23 January 2013
Special guest Jeff Coffin (sax), Michael Occhipinti (guitar), Paul Neufeld (keyboards), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), Doan Pham (drums), Luis Orbegoso (trombone and percussion), Phatt Al (rap on Blue Pepper)
Produced by Roberto Occhipinti. Recorded by Jeff McMurrich at Halla Sound, Toronto. Additional recording and mixing by John Bailey at the Drive Shed, Toronto. Mastered at the E Room by Peter J. Moore, Toronto.
The Triodes traces its roots to the funk of Booker T, The Meters, & Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, with nods to reggae, jazz,
rock, & electronica. The group includes some of Toronto's best including Michael Occhipinti (guitar), Paul Neufeld (keys), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), Doan Pham (drums), percussionist Luis Orbegoso, & guests Jeff Coffin on saxophone (Dave Matthews Band), & rapper PHATT al....more