Chill 7 -  jazz / funk band 

 

 

What People Are Saying...

Reviews

"After a few demo-style releases, funk-jazzers Chill 7 are releasing a properly bold groove fest with Buzz's Fat Tire. In the dozen original tracks, they blur the lines between jazz, jam band, and psychedelic rock with soulful sax, trippy wah-wah guitar licks, slap-happy bass runs, and big, big drums."

Mpls. St. Paul Magazine

Twin Cities Fall Arts Preview

September 2006


 

"Chill 7 is a misleading name for the guitar- and sax-led jazz group celebrating the release of its first studio CD Thursday at the Dakota. Not only is the band a quartet (not a septet), but its music is anything but chilly. The new disc, Buzz's Fat Tire, is loaded with acidic grooves akin to Soulive and gritty funk a la the Meters."

Chris Riemenschneider

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

 


"What can I say about Chill 7 that hasn't already been said?  Actually, plenty, given that this young band might be one of the best kept secrets and unjustifiably overlooked combos on the scene.  One reason might be that they refuse to pursue genre pigeon-holes and continue to follow their collective muses.  They swing, they jam, they rock their way through live sets with abandon.” 

Kevin O'Connor

Music Director KBEM  


"What can I say about Chill 7 that hasn't already been said?  Actually, plenty, given that this young band might be one of the best kept secrets and unjustifiably overlooked combos on the scene.  One reason might be that they refuse to pursue genre pigeon-holes and continue to follow their collective muses.  They swing, they jam, they rock their way through live sets with abandon.” 

Kevin O'Connor

Music Director KBEM


        “Are we ready for the next next next Average White Band? Not a question I can answer, but in the continuing search for the Ultimate Jam (see The Necks, Disco Biscuits, Garaj Mahal, Deep Banana Blackout, et al) I think the somewhat more R&B-influenced Chill 7 should be considered a worthy pilgrim as well.”

Ken Egbert,

Jazz Is Now,

August 2005

 


 

“It sounds like the name of a laid back septet, but Chill 7 is a steamy foursome of adventuresome, genre-defying groove merchants. Their first few recorded efforts certainly gave hints to the direction realized on their new release, Buzz’s Fat Tire… With each self-produced release, the band has taken another step in the evolution of a musical gumbo of jazz, rock, metallica, funk and blues.”

 Andrea Canter,

Jazz Police,

November, 2006 


        “While there is live jazz that sooths and live jazz that seems just right as background music, there is also that rare jazz that makes you lean back in your chair and accidentally swear. Such is the Twin Cities jazz quartet which is grounded in jazz both new and old-cool bop stuff with rock energy, understated but with obvious discipline.”

The Mankato Free Press

 


 

       “Steely Dan. Stevie Ray Vaughn. Coltrane. And Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  That’s quite an array of influences to bring to one band.  But Chill 7 has been doing it pretty successfully for four years, bringing its unique post-modern instrumental music to the Wine Café in Mankato the third Friday of every month.”

         Amanda Dyslin,

Mankato Free Press  


 

“The comparisons to Medeski, Martin, and Wood here are obvious. Nice groove...you have the funk jazz feel down. Musicianship is great, the band is right in the pocket, driving this along. The changes are good. Bass player is making me envious of his chops. Sax player is interesting. I love the little instrumental breakdowns and rhythmic punctuations you've put in this tune.

I would go see this band in a second. Makes me feel like dancing around the house. Great work.”

 Garageband.com  


        “Similar to the way The Red Hot Chili Peppers expanded rock ‘n’ roll and Sublime mixed genres to make a new one, Chill 7 is erasing the lines of jazz and drawing new ones. These lines take the technical mastery of classic jazz and add an attitude to it so hip, that afterwards all you want to be is ‘cool.’”

Thomas Dean

MSU Reporter  


 

“Chill 7 is a modern jazz band, specializing in funk and jam based music that is rooted in rock, funk and blues. While they do cover the jazz standards, they have a non-traditional flair that is both inspiring and pleasing. Traditional jazz venues that book and attract jazz bands and fans are finding there is more to this band than the normal jazz standards….. The music was fresh, artistic, and surprisingly energetic…not something I had expected from a jazz quartet.”

 Mike Sjulstad

 Applauze Magazine  


        “Simply put, these are maturing musicians who have made a transition from a good house band to rising star status in four short years. And while the Chill 7 musicians state that their current direction is more toward funk grooves than modern mainstream jazz, the arrangement of tracks seems to suggest a different aesthetic framework—one moving from youthful funk and R&B toward sophisticated structures that more clearly celebrate their roots in Coltrane and Miles, but from a 21st century perspective.” 

          Andrea Canter

Jazz Police

 


“Keller Williams Realty had Chill 7 at our "Celebration of Success" event.  With 400 agents in attendance Chill 7 provided the exact background sound we were looking for.  Their music added to the ambiance, matched the age of the crowd (20-60+) and they were wonderful to work with.  Their sound is sure to add a special touch to any occasion as they can play to small and large groups alike.  They made the party!”

Barb Heenan,

Regional Operations Manager

Keller Williams Realty - North Central Region

Client Comments - Partial List

"I highly recommend Chill 7 and would hire them again in a heartbeat.”

Penelope Austin

Private Event

 


"From scheduling to performing, Chill 7 was a first-class vendor to work with."  

John Campbell

Private Event

 


 

"Chill 7 was just perfect and we received so many compliments on the music."

Kelly Tubbs

Private Event


   

 

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