Lunar Recon

by Endemic Ensemble

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Lunar Recon is a jazz EP containing three alternate takes from the Endemic Ensemble's 2012 album, Lunar, which made Lucid Culture's "The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2012." Lunar Recon's version of "Lilu" has impelling solos from Travis Ranney (tenor saxophone) and Matso Limtiaco (baritone saxophone). Composer David Franklin states that this version is the most Lilu-like (Lilu is a cat). "Return of the Pelicans" differs from the version on Lunar in solo order and feel with sensitive solos from David Franklin (piano) and Steve Messick (double bass). Lunar Recon's version of "More Than Anything" brings us fabulous solos from Matso Limtiaco and Ken French (drums).


released March 21, 2013

Released through Opus Funkus Music

Travis Ranney - alto and tenor saxophones
Matso Limtiaco - baritone saxophone
David Franklin - piano
Steve Messick - double bass, band leader
Ken French - drums

Produced by Steve Messick

Recorded by Jay Follette at Avast! Recording in Seattle, WA on May 28 and 29, 2011

Mixed by Jay Follette at Avast! Recording in Seattle, WA on August 27, 28, and 29, 2011

Mastered by Ross Nyberg at Ross Nyberg Mastering in Issaquah, WA on September 22, 2011

Artwork by Eva Fury
Graphic Design by Mark Forrer


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Endemic Ensemble Seattle, Washington

Led by bassist Steve Messick, the Endemic Ensemble is a collaborative, modern jazz quintet based in Seattle. The music, composed by Messick and his colleagues, focuses on accessible melodies over hard-bop changes with inspiration from twentieth century classical music and horn backgrounds reminiscent of Joe Henderson and Art Blakey. ... more

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