Moving Parts is a quartet that pushes the boundaries of groove, and the sonic character of the saxophone into the psychedelic. Prepare to shake your hips as they tease your neurons with tasty rhythmic contraptions. Then get swept away in a river of saxophone delay.
The project started years ago with founder and composer/saxophonist Jesse Sheehan, bassist and long time collaborator Jonas Wittke, and drummer Jason Aspeslet. They shared the stage with numerous bands including the Big Wu and played outdoor events like The 3rd Ward Jazz Festival in Milwaukee. After travelling back to India several times to further his training on Tabla and Bansuri, Jesse relocated to the East Bay and resurrected the band with members of the House band for The People's Jam otherwise known as Oakadelic or Bay Funk. (a thriving dance party jam that explodes every Wednesday at The Layover in downtown Oakland.)
The current lineup includes
Jesse Sheehan on Saxophone, Tabla, Bansuri and dub effects
Dan Schwartz on Drums
Kevin Reierson Bass
and Derek Yellin Keyboards
Testimonial from a thank you letter after one performance:
Dear Moving Parts,
You all brought wonders into our home on a night when we sorely needed it. You are wizards of music. You are genies. You are less than gods, but more than men. You lived up to your name and made us move our parts in ecstatic union. We moved so fast, that some parts, like our clothes flew off, and into the trees for the birds and the beasts and all of us were so grateful that we made an offering to you!"
Making Shapes was Moving Parts first album.