The musical group Abstract Truth released its debut CD "Get Another Plan" on Streetwave Music on March 1996. The origins of the group go back to early 1994 when the group's founder, Dana Vlcek, directed a weekly jam session at the Copacabana, playing with DJ Swingsett. From there, members Vincent Chauncey, Jephté Guillaume, Guy Daniels, and Pete Mark went on to develop and perform original compositions which are now part of the band's repertoire. The group performed at a variety of New York venues including The Cooler (w/ Giant Step), The Knitting Factory, Nell's, New Music Cafe, AKA, SOB's as well as appearing at The Central Park Summerstage in August 1999. In the winter of 1995, singer Monique Bingham joined, followed by trumpeter Ravi Best in the summer of the same year. They then went on to release a follow-up single (We Had) "A Thing" to worldwide acclaim in 1997.
The music of Abstract Truth is based upon a contemporary mix of Jazz aesthetic and harmony with the visceral drums and bass of underground culture. The addition of intelligent vocals put the group in the vanguard of the international Acid-Jazz scene. The creative thrust of the group has been to invent original compositions in this new genre as opposed to recreating vintage or "rare grooves". The combined background of the members puts it in a unique position to chart new territory and to make a lasting impression on the world of music. The group has developed a wide-based critical acceptance in NYC over the last year, and the release of their forthcoming CD will establish their importance on an international basis.
The evolution of Abstract Truth can be traced back through more than a decade of experience. Dana Vlcek, sax/flute-leader of the group, played with the Lounge Lizards on their first European and American tours. He went on to create the group Konk and produced the groundbreaking 12-inch singles "Konk Party" and "Your Life". (Many consider these records to be the template for the Acid-Jazz sound.) Since then he has produced, engineered, and mixed some of the most significant underground re-mixes of the last decade. Vincent Chauncey, french horn, has a profound connection to contemporary Jazz having toured with the Sun Ra Arkestra for more than five years in the 70's. He has also been a member of Paul Winter Consort and Carla Bley band, and has won a Downbeat Magazine Critic's Poll Award. Pete Mark, drums/percussion, also a coveted session player, has performed with Milo Z, Spy vs Spy, and Dennis Leary on MTV. Ravi Best, trumpet, an up and coming trumpet voice, has worked with Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, and The O'Jays. Monique Bingham, a recent college graduate and playwright, was discovered at a background vocal session for "Like Water" from the EP. Since then she has become an essential element in Abstract Truth.
For further info and bookings contact: Dana Vlcek at 212 431-1785