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"I'm always looking for the new and unique and quite often I look to the Chicago scene where there's always something interesting to be found. From that fertile ground comes BRIGHT MINOR from one of my favorite Chicago groups these days, SPARE PARTS. These guys squeeze more out of keyboards, bass and drums than any trio you'll find anywhere!" Russ Davis- Modern Jazz Radio (MOJA)
Fusing a mix of funk, rock, jazz, and more, Spare Parts is a Chicago based group rapidly gaining international acclaim. An eclectic list of influences ranging from Weather Report to The Beatles fuel the creative engines of Spare Parts, both live and in the studio. In addition to their successful weekly residence at Alive One Chicago, the band has played at festivals from Festival de Jazz in Lima, Peru, Chi-Town Jazz Fest, Wakarusa and Summer Camp to name a few. Spare Parts is sought after in every type of market, pleasing the discerning ears of music aficionados and general listeners alike.
The band’s broad musical scope has landed them opening spots for acts such as George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Liquid Soul, Fareed Haque, Marco Benevento, and The Jazz Mandolin Project. Spare Parts has also shared the stage with artists including bassist Victor Wooten, SNL/Tower of Power saxophonist Lenny Picket, Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band drummer Terrence Higgins.
Spare Parts has recently released their finest work to date on their album, “Trio”. The tracks receive regular airplay on jazz DJ Russ Davis’s “Moja Radio,” WXRT, WDCB, and other fine independent stations across the country. The band’s previous two albums “Exit 54” (2003) and “Brain Candy” (2006) have sold out of physical copies and enjoy continued radio play.
Spare Parts remains focused on expanding musical boundaries while attracting new listeners from all walks of life and leaving them thirsty for more. See you at the next show!
What the press is saying:
“This is an absolute jewel of local music in Chicago. If you’re into live music haven’t been out to Alive One on a Thursday night, you are doing yourself a tremendous disservice.” – Jeremy Frazier, Chicago Jam Scene
"These three can lay down some serious funk, whether it be the kind meant to get you on the dance floor, or the kind that makes you tap your foot while your mouth is left gaping. Clearly, a band that can lay down the funk for seventy minutes with nary a dull spot in the mix is doing something right. Very right." - Paul Abella, Chicago Jazz Magazine
“The musicianship is first rate - with Scott a "Fender-Funkmeister," Bruno driving the band like it is a well-tuned Bugatti and Kozol supplying cascades of keyboard washes and sounds ranging from orgasmic organs and acoustic piano to electric pianos and chewy synth leads. A fun album.” - Brad Walseth, chicagojazz.net
“One of the things that keep Spare Parts' music fresh is their constant evolution. They never rest on their laurels, content with where they are at. Rather, they push their own boundaries, along with those of the audience. This especially comes out in their live performances where the band manages to take what might otherwise be seen as a convoluted mess of genres and transform that into something that is not only coherent, but quite enjoyable. Spare Parts is entirely original and refreshing.” – Western Herald, Kalamazoo, Mi