“A drummer since the age of 13 and a fitness advocate for almost as long, Knight was stricken with scleroderma in the early '90s. This degenerative connective-tissue disorder made the simplest tasks-rising out of a chair or lifting a fork-painfully difficult. Yet Knight has battled the disease through arduous therapy, and has refused to allow it to keep him away from his drum set. In fact, he released a solo drumming CD in 1996 entitled "It's About Time." It's agood production featuring Knight's tribal drum solos, accompanied by percussionist Rob Sumowski on several tracks. Knight favors thundering tom patterns that are reminiscent of Gene Krupa's most famous drum solos, and hammers rock-solid feels that never for an instant disclose the physical pain he had to endure during the recording process. Knight is an inspiration whom we should all learn from.”
“One month after the release of "Good Friends Good Music," Macon's Skeebo Knight has a new CD that gives a different meaning to the term "jungle fever." Recorded at Paul Hornsby's Muscadine Studios, "Big Monkey Swing" is nine tracks of free- willing jazz duets featuring Marcus Henderson on alto sax and Knight on drums. The CD was recorded in one take, no second passes and no rehearsals. In fact, Henderson had never even heard the material until the moment he and Skeebo were recording. As Knight sets the drumbeat groove, Henderson starts blowing. The result is a mind- blowing collaboration of funky beats, tribal rhythms, unpredictable melodies and staggeringly smooth sound. With songs like " Rumble in the Jungle," "Big Cat," and "Head Hunters," the entire CD is an unpredictable jazz paradox- the way it should be. It is as if Knight invited Henderson on stage without even knowing him and finding out they could make music like long lost soul brothers.
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"The funky, up tempo "Brownie, Leo and Gus" opens things up, complete with soaring sax by Marcus Henderson, which is underscored nicely by Chuck Leavell's B-3 organ work. Skeebo's drumming is right in the pocket and steady as a rock. "I Like's That" is a groovin' good time- Skeebo is explosive, while Chuck glides on the B-3. "Debbie's Dance" swings, thanks to scorching guitar and sax runs by Tim Brooks and Elbert Durham, respectively. "Jean's Garden" is brooding, "Honey Burger's Grill" showcases some joyous piano phrasing from Chuck, and Skeebo, Chuck, Tim and Elbert team up to make "Blue Mist" a swirling masterpiece. "Kid Face" is cool and breezy, while the polyrhythmic title track brings the album to a percussive climax.
"Tales From Wimbish Woods is a wonderfully balanced collection of eclectic tunes, performed by musicians who play with passion and heart."
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