The Tectonics are a collective jazz quartet that includes Jake on piano, bassist Gabe Davis, saxophonist Mike Hirsch and drummer Mitchell Wilcox. Since they met at Stanford University in 2003, the four musicians have melded elements of hip-hop, blues, latin, funk and other styles with their classic jazz roots to create a dynamic, evolving sound. The group is remarkably talented at tapping in to the intrinsic feel of each song and sharing the experience with the audience. Their music is unreserved and unmistakably honest. The Tectonics are a distinct voice, proving that jazz is alive and well in today’s diverse musical world.
In 2010, the Tectonics recorded their first full-length album, The Big One (iTunes; Amazon), at Berkeley’s historic Fantasy Studios. The album features six originals–three each from Davis and Smolowe–as well as four jazz covers: Wayne Shorter’s “Witch Hunt” and John Coltrane’s “Naima,” and two versions of Thelonious Monk’s “Evidence.” The album was released under the Rorschach Records label in February 2011.