The cover of the album "Final Floor" by Throttle Elevator Music Featuring Kamasi Washington

Final Floor

Final Floor is eleven new tracks featuring saxophonist Kamasi Washington and trumpeter Erik Jekabson with longtime collaborators and songwriters Matt Montgomery and Gregory Howe. Joining them are Mike Hughes on drums, Kasey Knudsen on Alto Saxophone, Ross Howe on Fender Guitar and Mike Blankenship on organ.

As the title indicates, this album represents the final original recordings of Throttle Elevator Music. Final Floor has an upscale energy with elements of rock and punk that fuel the overall sound and dynamically bring an edge back to jazz.

Wide Hive Records · Caste Off
Track Listing: 

SUPRALIMINAL SPACE 4.42
CASTE OFF 2.53
DAGGERBOARD 4.38
ICE WINDOWS 3.53
RECIRCULATE 3.03
FINAL FLOOR 4.30
HEART OF HEARING 4.03
RETURN TO FORM 2.22
STANDARDS REPROACHED .48
FAST REMOURSE 3.43
ROOFTOP SUNRISE 5.13

On many pieces, Kamasi Washington is joined by trumpeter Erik Jekabson -their voices blend in close
harmony, with a soft cloud of reverb cushioning everything, dubby production techniques and crunching guitar adding to the swirl, and two drummers keeping the beat somewhere between a shuffle and an explosion.

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  • A picture of Erik Jekabson playing a trumpet.

    Erik Jekabson

    Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has toured with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and has performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.

  • A photo of Gregory Howe at the sound board.

    Gregory Howe

    Gregory Howe is a producer, engineer, musician and owner and founder of Wide Hive Records. Howe is an accomplished producer who has released over thirty albums through Wide Hive Records.

  • A photo of Kamasi Washington.

    Kamasi Washington

    Kamasi Washington is featured Saxophonist on Both Throttle Elevator Music and Phil Ranelin's Perseverance. Also as a composer Kamasi has scored for several films including Stacey Peralta's recent Independant Lens feature: Crips and Bloods: Made In America.

  • A photo of Kasey Knudsen playing the saxophone at Wide Hive Records in Berkeley, California.

    Kasey Knudsen

    Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco-based saxophonist, composer, and educator and leader of the KK Group, a septet focusing on original music and arrangements. She also co-leads The Permanent Wave Ensemble, an octet dedicated to performing and arranging the music of Carla Bley; The RW3 Trio along with bay area drummer Jon Arkin; and The Holly Martins with vocalist Lorin Benedict and guitarist Eric Vogler.

  • Lumpy playing the drums.

    Lumpy

    Lumpy is a gifted drummer performing in his own band and others in the
    thriving underground Oakland music scene. He is currently residing in
    Northern California. Lumpy appears on both Throttle Elevator Music and Larry Coryell's 'The Lift".

  • A photograph of Matt Montgomery playing bass in the Wide Hive Studio.

    Matt Montgomery

    Matt Montgomery plays the bass, writes music, and plays piano/keyboards. He has performed and/or recorded with Faye Carol, Calvin Keys, Larry Coryell, Mark Levine, Phil Ranelin, singer/songwriters Cass McCombs, Greg Ashley, Adam Stephens (of Two Gallants), Grammy-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli, and many more.

  • Mike Blankenship

    Mike Blankenship is a Bay Area based keyboardist and artist currently composing and performing regularly with Michael Franti and Spearhead. He has also written and performed with Sheila E., Lauryn Hill and Ledisi.

  • A photo of Mike Hughes during the recording of "Jagged Rocks" (Throttle Elevator Music)

    Mike Hughes

    Michael Hughes is an American drummer living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    He studied drumming at L.A. Music Academy with Joe Porcaro and Ralph
    Humphrey and spent a decade performing in LA with artists such as Tal
    Wilkenfeld, Frank Gambale, and Robben Ford. He is the drummer on "Heavy Feel" by Larry Coryell as well as Throttle Elevator Music's "Area J" and "Jagged Rocks" featuring Kamasi Washington.

  • A photo of Ross Howe playing guitar at Wide Hive Records in Berkeley, California.

    Ross Howe

    Ross Howe is a Bay Area guitar player and music educator. He performs with several gypsy jazz ensembles in and around the San Francisco Bay Area but mainly leads his own band The Yacht Club of Paris. His playing incorporates elements of the classical tradition with the vocabulary of modern jazz. Ross was named "Jazz in the Neighborhoods "Rising Star" in 2015.

  • Throttle Elevator Music featuring Kamasi Washington

    A picture of the cover of "Final Floor" by Throttle Elevator Music Featuring Kamasi Washington

    Kamasi’s melodic tonality melds nicely into the electric undercurrent laid down by punk drummer/guitarist Lumpy (Mike Hughes), Wide Hive Player’s bassist/keyboardist/composer Matt Montgomery, and Wide Hive Players composer/engineer/producer Gregory Howe.

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