Strange Groove Picnic
Electric bassist and composer Mark London Sims is an outstanding musician capable of bringing his style and finesse to nearly any genre of music. An intuitive player in jazz, R&B, reggae and beyond, Sims has forged a path through music including work with free jazz-meets-world music pioneer Don Cherry (innovative collaborator with Ornette Coleman, and father of Neneh Cherry), and with Ben Harper, Dave Wakeling, hip hop star Sonja Marie and reggae icon Joe Higgs. An appetite for change mixes with an abiding respect for the specific musical traditions he engages in. Sims comes to his eclecticism naturally. In the '80s, after studying at Cal Arts with such teachers as Charlie Haden and James Newton, Sims quickly plied his skills as a bassist in a variety of settings. Early on, he pursued his ear for avant-garde ideas, as a founding member of the adventurous world-jazz band project Dark (featuring percussionist Mark Nauseef) and part of the Nels Cline Trio (guitarist Cline now plays with Wilco, in addition to his own chancier projects). All told, over the past twenty years, Sims has appeared on more than twenty albums, including Don Cherry's Multi-Kulti, Ben Harper's Like a King, Ghetto Stout by the Untouchables, Beautiful Day by the Eels, and How Love Really Loves, by Sonja Marie. Along the way, he has also worked with Stevie Wonder, L. Shankar, the Watts Prophets, and the Mighty Sparrow. Mark's current projects include Transphat, The Red Hill Quartet, The Untouchables, Kaliband, The Key Frances Band and The Beyond Video Group. Musicians on this album are: Andre Desilets- Tenor Sax Daniel Seeff- Guitar Sam Sotelo- Drums Mark London Sims- Bass, Voice Mark London Sims uses Lakland Basses and Seymour Duncan Pickups.