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"Kittyhawk emerged as one of the most distinguished groups to arise from the rejuvenated club scene in Los Angeles. With no traditional bass or keyboard players in this four piece band, the Kittyhawk sound defies common labeling." - Album Liner Notes.
Released 1980, their self titled album "Kittyhawk" turned the traditional music industry upside down. It's unique and ground breaking sound was the result of innovation and "out of the box" creativity. With instrumentation such as the Chapman Stick and Lyricon, a one of a kind sound was the created. Forged in the clubs of Southern California, it became a staple of what would be called "the west coast Jazz Fusion movement".
Kittyhawk's second album "Race for the Oasis" is an example of the bands continual evolution of a Jazz Fusion band. Although some of the music was written in the time frame of their first release, new recording techniques and innovations were used in this recording, particularly to the Chapman Stick. This Album also introduces the listener to the composition of Randy Strom "Bells of Talieson" in which features Randy on the Stick and the "Strom Family Ringers". There is also a more aggressive tone with their playing featured in songs such as "Arroyo" and "Kilimanjaro".
There is talk that "Fanfare" may be updated and re-released in the future. Stay tuned!
Considered to be the latest official Kittyhawk album, "Not A Moment Too Soon" is the work of the last remaining members of Kittyhawk, Daniel Bortz, Paul Edwards and Randy Strom. It is a departure from the classic Kittyhawk sound and uses more of a orchestral sound, rather than Jazz Fusion.
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