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"One of Seattle's more creative musicians, bassist Paul "PK" Kemmish has mounted a zany, large-ensemble project of his own this week. A founding member of the quirky jam band, Rockin' Teenage Combo, Kemmish has put together a new configuration, PK & What Army?, featuring horn arrangements of his tunes. the players are Amy Denio(sax, accordion, vocal), Brian Kent(sax, flute), Sue Orfield(sax), Dave Carter(trumpet) and Will Dowd(drums).
"PK and What Army? boasted as many as 13 (during one of my counts) out of the 17 people I was able to catch onstage. It was a psych-jazz free-for-all as the band wailed and conductor/composer/all-around nice guy PK led the band like a true-to-life Bugs Bunny. The music was mind-melting and I began to contemplate leaving the festival right then and there, for who was able to usurp PK from day one's top perch?"
"PK & What Army?'s blistering sax-jazz is at times reminiscent of John Coltrane, and at times it's simply solid, funky, and 100% avant-garde. With their rollicking improvs and tight-as-a-rubber-band group dynamic, you're bound to get just as carried away as the musicians onstage."
"Bass master and crack jazz conductor Paul Kemmish of Dasrut has a 15-20 piece throng called PK & What Army? They bang through jazz compositions with big band combustion and gusto. Yes, gusto-"vitality marked by an abundance of vigor." PK's Army screams and howls to the floating ghosts of Miles Davis, Mingus and Coltrane. This is juiced-up jazz that stomps and swerves around the ballroom hall."
"Bassist Paul Kemmish is a regular at The Scarlet Tree and Lo_fI, where he takes the acid-groove thing to new levels, but his What Army? unit may be his most innovative. With the odd and inimatable Amy Denio on accordion, clarinet and vocals, this quartet explores a range of strange song forms and solos.
"I like the sound of PK's new group-smart, strange and danceable at the same time, with the always-odd Amy Denio on accordion, woodwinds, vocals, etc., Sue Orfield on sax, and PK, as ever, holding down the bass floor. They're opening for the flamenco-fusion-groove purveyor Omar Torrez."