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Wicked Knee (Billy Martin, Steve Bernstein, Curtis Fowlkes & Marcus Rojas) - out on Amulet Records

Wicked Knee
Wicked Knee - Wicked Knee
(CD EP/Digital) Amulet Records AMT031, 2011-05-11

Wicked Knee are Steven Bernstein on trumpets, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, Marcus Rojas on tuba, and Billy Martin from Medeski Martin & Wood on drums and percussion, with the help of DJ Olive (who plays turntable on Remington 411. Their first EP, Wicked Knee, was recorded and mixed by Scotty Hard who mixed may fantastic MMW albums and not only... They've played in bands such as John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Sex Mob, Medeski Martin & Wood, Spanish Fly, The Jazz Passengers and many others. They call their music "Ragtime Funk" and it's quite obvious why on the first notes of this EP, which gathers some authentic brass band spirit, downtown cinematic NY vibes and the deep groove of Billy Martin's unique drumplay. You need this.

Wicked Knee
Wicked Knee - Wicked Knee
(CD EP/Digital) Amulet Records AMT031, 2011-05-11

Remington 411 by Wicked Knee (brass band)

I'm Blue (short version) by Wicked Knee (brass band)

Tracklisting :
01. El Ritmo 3:14
02. Remington 411 5:04
03. Yasisa Bambuta 4:14
04. I'm Blue 5:19
05. Cry 1:48
06. Congo March 2:03
07. I'm Blue (short version) 3:12

Links :

Wicked Knee in LIFE ON DRUMS
Medeski Martin and Wood drummer Billy Martin's new band Wicked Knee perform 'Muffaletta' on his educational video LIFE ON DRUMS ( Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Curtis Fowlkes (trombone) Marcus Rojas (tuba) Check out more music at the bands website at

Press Release :
We are Wicked Knee
We have played together in many settings over the decades: John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Sex Mob, Medeski Martin & Wood, Spanish Fly, The Jazz Passengers, Get Shorty (The feature film) and many other gigs. Earlier last year (2010) we recorded illy B's new tune to accompany his "anti-instructional" movie LIFE ON DRUMS ( and alas, the Wicked seed was sowed.
We will release a record in a few months featuring various RagTimeFunk joints with inappropriate avant-garde interludes to keep everything out of focus. It's about 'good times during bad times' and we encourage you to dance with us through life.
No hard feelings,
Your Wicked Knee

Wicked Knee behind the scenes - recording
Medeski Martin and Wood drummer Billy Martin has a new band called WICKED KNEE. Here's a clip from their first recording session. It's an old New Orleans joint called El Ritmo. Steven Bernstein, trumpet; Curtis Fowlkes, trombone; Marcus Rojas, tuba; Billy Martin, drums, Thanx to Matt McClain for videotaping this moment!



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