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The Slip

The Slip

The Slip is not a band that has forgotten its roots. “Recently I have come to the realization that the way we formed, in high school jazz band, is an integral element of the Slip,” bassist Marc Friedman says. “The three of us were in a smaller-sized jazz combo learning a side of music we had never even thought of before. Primarily coming from a rock, blues and pop background, we were instantly challenged with concepts of swing, song form and tonality. This set our desire as a trio to constantly learn and push ourselves in practice and performance, while also forcing us to have an open mind to unfamiliar styles of music.” Since that time, Friedman and brothers Brad (guitar/vocals) and Andrew Barr (drums/percussion) have worked hard at developing a unique trio sound, one that traverses the harmonic and rhythmic language of jazz and the riff-based vamping of rock.

After spending a year at Berklee, the band left in 1996 to pursue making music professionally. The Slip spent years honing its sound on the Boston scene and on the national jam-band circuit, where the trio is currently one of its most popular groups. “I am proud to be a part of what I see as a musical revolution that’s going on,” Brad says of the jam-band trend. “The only difficult thing is that under this umbrella of ‘jam band’ a lot of bands can be included that, from what I’ve seen, haven’t necessarily put in the time and patience to understand more universal elements about music.”

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