“Sexmob celebrates 20 years by deleting the space between the two words of its name and releasing Cultural Capital, the band’s first album of all-original material by leader Steven Bernstein.” – Relix
“Sexmob’s new CD, ‘Cultural Capital’ comes in a plain, brown cardboard sleeve….Bernstein writes the catchy tunes….peppered with dance beats from tango to Jamaican dub to Jewish wedding. They….have a gleefully rude side.” – NPR
Steven Bernstein: Slide trumpet,
Briggan Krauss: Saxophones,
Tony Scherr: Bass,
Kenny Wollesen: Drums
For twenty years years, Sexmob has continued to redefine jazz, while being part of it. There is already a generation of young musicians inspired by their recordings and legendary live performances. As each member of Sexmob evolves in their own projects, new sounds are are folded into their “big tent”.
Sexmob began merely as a setting to feature the slide trumpet of leader Steven Bernstein, but has grown into a band with a much larger mission: to put the fun back in jazz music. After assembling the band, Sexmob began a residency at the Knitting Factory, playing predominantly originals written by Bernstein.
During an evening of film music, the crowd went crazy for the “James Bond Theme”. Bernstein realized that the audience was much more attuned to their playing when they recognized the tune. The band expanded their songbook to include songs by Prince, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, and even the “Macarena” found its way into a set. The rule – the song had to have a strong enough melody to withstand serious deconstruction!
Bernstein said in Jazz Asylum, “I realize that’s what jazz musicians have always done. That’s how Lester Young got popular; it’s how Charlie Parker got popular; it’s how Miles Davis got popular; that’s how John Coltrane got popular. They played the songs that everyone knew. And because listeners could recognize the song, they were invited into those players’ new style.”
Bernstein’s on-stage antics and the band’s amazing musicianship are the focal points. They never rehearse. They never have a set list. Things are constantly fresh.