Baker's Brew is an experimental jazz ensemble that is based on total improvisation. The group creates spontaneous compositions that come from intuition as well as their knowledge of composition, with a keen awareness of what the other players are doing as the key factor. The group considers all material from their broad musical experiences to be available to them, as well as all sounds whether acoustic or electronic in origin.
Maury Baker began as a founding member of Ars Nova, a classical-rock group signed with Elektra Records. After that, the next step was touring with Janis Joplin, performing at Woodstock and several other classic festivals of the day. He can be heard on her first solo album, 'Kozmic Blues' and can be seen playing with Janis on videos of the Dick Cavett, Tom Jones and Music Scene TV shows.
Next came touring with Tim Buckley and recording his legendary "Starsailor" record. A live recording of Maury from his time on the Tim Buckley / Frank Zappa tour has just been released, 'Little Dots' from the Zappa Records label. Maury is featured in an entirely improvised 24 minute piece with Zappa and his Petit Wazoo Orchestra.
From there, Maury continued his journey through the pop world, dipped back into his jazz roots, and satisfied his lifelong interest in renaissance and baroque music by hosting 'Choirs and Consorts' an early music show on L.A.s KPFK radio. He is currently known as a timpanist for several 'period' instrument' orchestras on the west coast. In addition to this, he has been active in composing pieces for film and TV.
In his career, Maury has performed, toured and / or recorded with Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Ron Carter, David Benoit, Jimmy Haslip, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Tom Jones, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, Seals & Croft, Judy Collins, Phil Ochs, Trini Lopez, R.B.Greaves, Booker T. Jones, Tom Paxton, Bobbie Gentry, Theodore Bikel, Zoot Money, Scott LaFaro, Pepper Adams, David Amram, Henry Franklin, Otmaro Ruiz, Austin Peralta and Zane Musa among many others.
Baker's Brew represents his long-standing ambition to combine all of these diverse experiences into an electro-acoustic ensemble that is completely improvisational.
Daniel Coffeng hails originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and brings a new, unique technical fluidity and energy to post bop and avant-garde jazz guitar improvisation.
He has played, toured, written and recorded with artists such as Doug Lunn, Steve Tavaglione, Mike Barsimanto, Phil Chen, Phil Ranelin, Joe Hesse, Eric Traub, John von Seggern, and Mick Stevens (Brand X).
Daniel Coffeng is an honors graduate from the Guitar Institute of Technology and is currently a Los Angeles based performing guitarist, freelance studio musician and music educator specializing in modern contemporary guitar.
Daniel's knowledge of 20th century compositional techniques adds real depth to group's concept of spontaneous composition.
Carl Royce spent his early years listening to salsa, bolero, merengue and mambo in sunny Puerto Rico. After a brief 25 year pit-stop in NYC, he relocated to Los Angeles where he currently divides his time between family, sculpture and music.
He has performed in the Teatro Nacional de Cuba, New York's Apollo Theater and CBGB club, and in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, among other venues.
Carl is currently lead designer at Studio Lilica, known for its large scale kinetic sculptures in atriums across the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
Carl brings a very unique dimension to Baker's Brew with his own techniques of live looping that enables him to play multiple parts at once. More info on Carl at carlroycecontrabass.com .
Jim Goetsch began by studying & performing with music theorist & composer George Russell. He went on to lead his own groups in the St. Louis jazz scene that opened concerts for Gil Scott-Heron, Billy Cobham, Tom Scott and many others.
He also took part in the city's very active avant garde music scene during that time, performing with members of the Black Artists Group as well as the New Music Circle that was dedicated to new classical works.
Next came time with Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam and a coast to coast tour with blues legend Albert King.
After a move to California, he began a long-standing friendship with Joe Zawinul of Weather Report fame, which he considers to be the greatest learning experience of his life.
In the '90s he became engaged in the very active electronic music scene in Los Angeles at that time, performing with Biomechanique and recording with Demolition Squad, whose record 'Hit It' received a 9 out of 10 rating from Alternative Press.
In recent years he has been releasing records from his solo project Subversive Element, combining processed soprano sax and electronic soundscapes, which he brings to Baker's Brew to expand the sonic palette of the group.