Big Monkey Swing
One month after the release of Good Friends Good Music,' Macon's Skeebo Knight has a new CD that gives a different meaning to the term 'jungle fever.' Recorded at Paul Hornsby's Muscadine Studios, 'Big Monkey Swing' is nine tracks of free-willing jazz duets featuring Marcus Henderson on alto sax and Knight on drums The CD was recorded in one take, no second passes and no rehearsals. As Knight sets the drumbeat groove, Henderson starts blowing. The result is a mind-blowing collaboration of funky beats, tribal rhythm, unpredictable melodies and staggeringly smooth sound. With songs like 'Rumble in the Jungle,' 'Big Cat,' and 'Head Hunters,' the entire CD is an unpredictable jazz paradox - the way it should be. It is as if Knight invited Henderson on stage without even knowing him and finding out they could make music like long lost soul brothers. Many know Knight as a veteran drummer in the Macon music scene. Previous releases include 'It's About Time,' 'Tales from Wimbish Woods,' 'Jekyll Island Nights,' The Way I See It,' and the recent 'Good Friends Good Music,' featuring Henderson, Hornsby, Chuck Leavell, Count M-buto and many other well-named players. The fact that Knight keeps providing us with music is a feat in itself. Suffering from the connective tissue disorder Scleroderma, he must constantly deal with chronic muscle and joint pain, weakness, stiffness and fatigue. But Knight keeps on drumming and plans to release more music until he can do no more. Reviewed by Jessica Walden-Griner of The Eleventh Hour 'Macon's Guide to What's Happenin'