“Jazz has been so dead for so long in so many different respects,” remarks David Slitzky, the drummer and producer of Skidmore-based Jazz trio Quick Fix, “that I think we can fill a certain void, and be labeled Jazz.”
That’s the plan: to refresh Jazz in a modern, innovative, and progressive way, breaking away from the stubborn, decade-strong Jazz tradition that has been ingrained into the minds and fingers of these classically-trained musicians. Dave, Will, and Andrew are Jazz kids, wholeheartedly part of a sect of their generation that fawns over Thelonious Monk melodies and Jaco Pastorius bass lines; these are passionate kids, well-versed in an art that flourished before their time, an art that few their age know anything about. What makes Quick Fix and their contemporaries such dynamic Jazz artists are their far-reaching influences, with the ability to pull from and comfortably balance Hip Hop drum parts, psychedelic Rock synth work, electronic sampling, and Funk-induced bass lines. They’re not tied down by the parameters of their classic genre, but rather, they embrace the ability to meld modern technology and music theory with that of the Jazz greats.