Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved and respected jazz/R&B artist on the music-scene today.
Chris Dave was born in Houston, Texas and began his music career in the late 1980s. He started out by playing in church and credits jazz music as his strongest influence. He states that although his father plays drums, he has never actually seen him play. As a teenager, he was exposed to jazz legends like Miles Davis and John Coltrane when listening to music with his father. Chris Dave blossomed on the drums, eventually graduating from Houston’s prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
The band rose to prominence in October 2015 with the release through YouTube of CRU, a three-track EP, earning over 10 million views combined. In September 2016, they released their first studio album, REMONTA, won the Breakthrough Act award at the Prêmio Multishow and placed third in the Rolling Stone Brazil Best Album of the Year list.
Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of songs like Shack Up or Do The Du on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts.
It's more like a Central African nightclub…or downtown Manhattan or Chicago's South Side in the late '60s and early '70s, where free-improvising saxophones met electronics and rock music and Sly Stone amid the urgency of the civil rights struggle.”