The Jai Alai Savant are a new three piece from Chicago and Philly. They used to just be from Philly exclusively but their frontman, Ralph Darden, recently picked up and moved to the Windy City for a little inspiration. Darden, who was a member of mid-90s reggae/punk outfit Franklin, also spends a great deal of time on the wheels of steel as DJ Major Taylor, one of Chicago's premier underground party-throwers. As a DJ, Darden can mash genres with the best of 'em, a talent he easily applies to The Jai Alai Savant. Blending elements of punk, reggae, indie rock, R&B and dub, The Jai Alai Savant create a unique sonic smoothie so intoxicating that a surgeon general's warning is required to be placed on any commercially-available release (well maybe not, but it should!). The band will release their debut full length, Flight Of The Bass Delegate, which contains guest spots from Ted Leo and Cedric and Omar from the Mars Volta, in mid '06. However, with an abundance of tunes ready to go, the band will precede that release with a pair of EPs, the first of which is the Thunderstatement EP. A telling introduction to the vast potential of this multi-city, multi-genre, multi-racial outfit, the EP explodes with a lo-fi brilliance that can't be denied. "Scarlett Johansen Why Don't You Love Me", "Thunderstatement", "Sugar Free", and the rest of the EP reveal a band oozing with a creative energy that seeps its way into every aspect of the song writing process. The Thunderstatment EP is good... The Jai Alai Savant just might be great. I look forward to getting my mitts on the full length.
The Jai Alai Savant
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