LAXI brings together elements of a jazz-trio, straight ahead rock ‘n roll and Motown soul singing with a singular level of passionate excitement.
The band has an eclectic mix of covers and originals at their disposal while consciously evolving their sound. In that sense, an evening with LAXI provides the opportunity to witness music created in that rarest vein of inspired exuberance. Simply stated, these are talented individuals excited to bring their music to the people.
As a student of music, Chris has developed an intimate, working knowledge of the art form. During our conversation, we spoke about the subtleties of Wes Montgomery’s finger-style “thumb-as-plectrum” technique and the difficulty in transcribing Scofield’s guitar arrangements among other topics.
Clearly motivated by the process, Chris spoke about bringing technicality into the music by creatively applying techniques like chord substitutions to familiar arrangements and progressions. In this way, LAXI takes a palatable approach to creating sensational sonic textures.
The band consists of Mikey Weiland on drums, Wil Purtle on bass, and Chris Laxamana on guitar and vocals.
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