Genres:Kids/Quirky, Ska, Jazz - Swing/Big Band, Jazz - Free/Avant-Garde, Jazz - 20’s - 40’s, Specialty - Soundtrack Alternatives, Specialty - Promo Music, Rock - Vintage Rock/Pop, Rock - Rockabilly, Rock - Punk/Pop-Punk , Rock - Hard Rock/Classic, Rock - Experimental/Post-Rock, Rock - Alternative Rock
Symon's New Blue Diamonds is a six-piece instrumental rock band that features the music of Symon Michael, an avant garde jazz composer who paints musical narrations and landscapes using a rock pallete rather than the traditional jazz fare.
A standard power trio (bass, guitar and drums) is augmented by a three-piece horn section consisting of two tenor saxes and a trumpet.
The overall effect is LOUD and at the same time very tasty - biting rock melodies offset by a comical wedge of horns. Unique, unpredictable, and always a lot of fun!
The band has recently regrouped for the 2008 concert season. This time around, the horn section has been expanded to include a honkin' baritone sax and a sprinkling of ridiculous noodling flutes in addition to tenor sax, trumpet, and clarinet.
The rhythm section has been restyled also, and moves with a more slinky, modern dance sound than before. There's still all of the original rock sensibility, but the move is toward more groove-oriented, organic beats. No heavy jazz soloing this time around - the spotlight is on melody and overall arrangement.