A few years back, I was in a band called The Coalition, which also featured Scott Healy, Michael Merritt and Shawn Pelton. In 2004, we recorded and released a CD called Naked Movies (which is available right here on this website!) on Midlantic Records. It was later re-released on Fractal Entertainment and I have no idea where it is now.
This group was trying to blur the lines a bit and at times
trying to emulate the collective, group improvisations of early jazz,
but in a modern context. Scott used only vintage keyboards and no
synths, and everything was recorded live – with exception of “Drum
Sandwich” – but with pre-production and mayhem/percussion tracks for the
said: ”Call it avant groove, post-jam band, organic techno-jazz-fusion
or call it whatchuwanna, the resulting sound is as unprecedented as it
is provocative. In a world of vacuum-packed sampled sounds and clone
bands galore, retro-this, neo-that and same ol’ same ol’, Naked Movies
can truly be called fresh and original.” Glenn Alexander.
Prurient implications of its title aside, Naked Movies hearkens
back to the halcyon days of jazz-rock fusion minus the pretentious
trappings and over-reliance on technique in place of feeling. The
Coalition have chops to be sure, but instead of erecting structure
within which to show off—either in the funk format or neo-classical
archetypes—they prefer to play together and make music.
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Scott Healy (Fender Rhodes, Farfisa organ, clavinet, digital mayhem);
Shawn Pelton (drums and electronical voodoo);
Mike Merritt (electric bass)