PK & What Army? was originally conceived in early 2001 as a sextet for PK to showcase his compositions and collaborations with some of the area's finest improvisors. Since then he has broadened his concept to include an extended family of 25-30 members. Rehearsals are rare, so much of the music is allowed to structure itself as it proceeds. Bass and drums swing like it's church while horns careen and slash. This is healing, questing, challenging music.
Sun Ra, Mingus and Coltrane all paid heed to the idea that music can be spiritually uplifting and this is central to PK's big band philosophy. As such, the band regularly realizes a fervor of querelous roars and transcendental wails while romping with a barroom swagger.