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Redux is so prone to change, even their name isn't sacred. Since 2001 the band has gone through five personnel line-ups, three hometowns, and four names. In late 2007, they switched their name from Ripplegroove to Redux, a fitting description of the constant state of renewal they find themselves in. And if that wasn't enough, they were then forced into making yet another transformation. One year after the release of their debut record Under The Microscope (2006) reached #14 on the CMJ Jazz Charts and #9 on Jambands.com Top 40, Redux found themselves living on the other side of the country without a drummer.
"We lost Jed, our drummer of four years. At the same time, we find ourselves in a brand new city, with a totally new music scene and a very different overall mentality," says guitarist Tom Burda. "And believe me, New York City is a far cry from San Diego in every way imaginable." So Tom and Joe Hanley (keyboards), scoured New York for the right drummer. As luck would have it, of all the drummers auditioned, the very first one they met would be the guy they'd end up with. RJ Rabin has taken over the drum throne and has brought with him an influence of change much welcomed by the other members.
With a simpler, bigger sound and a deeper pocket, the addition of RJ would be change enough. Yet that just wasn't good enough. Thus another redux of Redux has occurred with the addition of a new bass player, Jamie Bishop. As Joe put it "Playing left hand bass, is a blast! But it's time to really explore the full potential of this band's creativity in writing and performing. And I need two hands to do that." Jamie's solid low end has injected a much needed buoyancy and higher level of groove into the music of Redux. Indeed, they're hard at work in RJ's Green Room, writing, playing and recording new music. Upcoming Performances will soon be an eclectic mix of the instrumentals off Under The Microscope that fans know and love, along with new tunes. And of course, a second album is in the works.
Throughout all of this change, Redux has never lost focus of their personal and singular vision of sound and style they have strived to create. They've recently opened up for Karl Denson at the Highline Ballroom, as well as won the Relix Magazine Jamoff Contest, and reached the finals in the International Songwriting Contest. Josh Klemons of Jambase.com put it best when he described Redux as a band "that is already comfortable enough with its sound to not only think outside the box, but to open it up and take a walk around, all the while remembering where they are coming from and what they are trying to say, both to each other, and to those of us who have chosen to tap in."
© 2005 Scott Nurmi
(recorded under previous name "Ripplegroove")
Under The Microscope
"...lush backgrounds, rocking solos, funky bass lines, and solid drum beats."
- Josh Klemons, Jambase.com
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