FREE RADICALS – SATURDAY, 4/28/18 @ 3:00PM
“The horn-heavy, continually evolving collective Free Radicals produces a wildly eclectic fusion that has as many influences as there are items in the Houston, Texas, pawnshop in which they honed their sound during all-night jam sessions.” – The New Yorker
In 1998, Free Radicals’ first CD “The Rising Tide Sinks All” warned against George W. Bush’s Iraq War four years before it started. Pakistan’s leading English newspaper, Dawn, later referred to the CD as “a premonition waiting to become true.” In 2012, Free Radicals’ fourth CD “The Freedom Fence” satirized nationalism and border walls four years before Trump made them a cornerstone of his campaign for president. Now on its 22nd year, Free Radicals presents a new 7″ “No State Solution,” their seventh release. Following quickly on the success of their 6th CD, “Outside the Comfort Zone,” No State Solution includes remixes by Nick Cooper and DJ Sun.
Free Radicals is a horn-driven instrumental dance band with a commitment to peace and justice, and is the 13-time winner for “Best Jazz” in the Houston Press Music Awards. Equally comfortable performing in clubs, street protests, punk rock house-parties, art openings, weddings, funerals, and breakdance competitions, Free Radicals prides itself in adaption, and in hitting the streets to support targeted populations.
“They know how to play and aren’t afraid to take you places you’ve never been. A winner throughout—just be sure to strap in before lift off.” — Midwest Record
“I’ve fallen in love with their raucous style in only 4 bars… their music isn’t just on the edge, it’s fallen off the cliff!” — Contemporary Fusion Reviews
“Everything seems to energize by drawing on an inexhaustible source.” — Music Zoom (Italy)
“Redefines serious jazz.” — Lemon Wire
“The beautifully constructed music here just goes straight to your feet.” — Jazz Views
“Quite a special band, with a very special album.” — Gonzo Weekly
“With each song a concise tidbit, even if the solos are stratospheric, they return to earth quickly. Fun and frantic!” — Jazz Weekly
“Free Radicals create unique songs that plant themselves firmly on their own unique planets.” — The Vinyl Anachronist
“The [band]… consistently opposes war, and supports environmentalists, civil rights fighters, immigrants to the US. It equally consistently criticizes the establishment, the presidents – from Bush to, of course, Trump, as
well as ‘well-fed America,’ which indifferently watches what is happening in the ‘third world’ countries.” –Jazz Quad (Russia)