Do you remember these legendary bands: Weather Report, The Brecker Brothers, Mahavishnu Orchestra? They were all groups that undeniably changed the sound of jazz in the seventies of the twentieth century. Forty years later, that vibe keeps being reinvented by today’s musicians.
Jazz fusion band The Slick Pit is a perfectly good example of how jazz continues to progress in the 21st century. Tenor saxophone player Steven Dietvorst, trumpet player Raoul Garcia Vao, drummer Jeroen Dur and percussionist Peter van Aart all shared a profound love for the jazz rock of the seventies. Steven Dietvorst, heavily inspired by this mutual fondness, wrote a number of compositions and the band was complemented by Guy Nikkels on guitar, Ivo Stuivenberg on keys and Marco Dirne on bass guitar.
A project ensemble that started in 2012, The Slick Pit has now evolved into a solid musical vehicle, that is bound to keep exploring the depths of improvisational music. The result is a steaming fusion jazz collective, blending the best of jazz, pop, soul and rock.