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Free Radicals
Origin Texas, USA
Genres Funk, Ska, Klezmer, World Music,
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts Pretentious Percussion
Sprawl
Plump
Website freerads.com
Members
Michelle Yom
Al Bear
Chris Howard
Theo Bijarro
Jason Jackson
Pete Sullivan
Doug Falk
Marcos Melchor
Shawn Durrani
Nick Cooper
Harry Sheppard
Subhendu Chakraborty
Ilya Kolozs
Dan Cooper
Bo Morris
Bob Chadwick
Jon Durbin
Stuart Smith
Lynn Bechtold
J.J. Watson
Mark Sound
Phindisela Mkhatshwa
Priyodarshi Majumdar
Chicken George
Giancarlo Caffarena
Khalif of Plifedis
K.Z. of I
Kirk Suddreath
Matt Kelly
Tom Sutherland
Paul Winstanley
Sashka Korzenska
Edmundo Ramirez
Richard Cruz
Jennifer DeVore
Felix Thedoublehelix
Joseph Corrales
Joseph Jackson
Ian Varley
Christine Wu
Jimmy Dupuy
Chris Anderson
Westside Johnny
Lucas Gorham
Equality
Keshia
Karega
Alabara
Zin
Perseph
Aaron Hermes
Andra Haviland
Andrew Lenz
Charlie Perez
Gatot Winandar
Jesse Hoffman
Simeon Yurek
Leo Gola
Reynolds
Jacare
Misterioso
Carlos
Nadja Burns
Jeff Robinson
Shina
Gloria Edwards
Nelson Mills III
Henry Darragh
Billy Lovelace
David Craig
Kelly Dean
Aaron Lington
Carl Adams
Moremi
Kerijemas 7
Clay Embry
Cherria Rattler
Sam Taylor
Tony Rorai
Mike Leonhart
Cypher
Tsepo
Andrew Lienhard
Stephan Schultz
Greg Cruz
D-Ology
anonymous
Dan Moriarty
Andy Nelson
Wapp-D
T-Ski-Gee
Song
Eddie Hawkins
Gary Zaragenca
Tony Dodrill - Barilla
Dru Rey
David Dove
Jeff Wells
Sarah McGraw
Jim Bedinghaus
Neil Hitchcock
Carolyn Kelley
Jamie Obstbaum
Woody Witt
Burke Snipes
Everclear
Fuller
Ramesh Misra
Chris Speed

Free Radicals is an American jazz, funk, hip-hop, avant-garde, ska, reggae, African music, Indian music, punk, klezmer, polka and latin jazz group based in Houston, Texas.

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History

Free Radicals' live band includes six or seven members.[1] On recordings—The Rising Tide Sinks All (1998), Our Lady of Eternal Sunny Delights (2000), and Aerial Bombardment (2004)—Free Radicals invites a group of 50 or more musicians and vocalists into the studio.

Drummer Nick Cooper founded the group in 1996, with a goal of specializing in improvised music.[1] In 2000, The New Yorker wrote "The horn-heavy, continually evolving collective Free Radicals produces a wildly eclectic fusion that has as many influences as there are items in the Houston, Texas, pawnshop in which they honed their sound during all-night jam sessions."[2]

Free Radicals performs many concerts[3], marches [4] and fund-raisers for anti-authoritarian and radical groups like food not bombs, peace festivals, and charities events including a continuous 24-hour concert in November 1999 to raise money for Kid Care, a health program for children.[5] They have protested against Halliburton, and participated in marches for immigrants' rights and for a Houston janitor's union.[5]

The band is recording a fourth studio album.[5]

Free Radicals has won the following 12 Houston Press awards:

  • 2009: Best Jazz, Best Drummer[6]
  • 2008: Best Jazz[7]
  • 2004: Best CD by Local Musicians[6]
  • 2003: Best Jazz[8]
  • 2002: Best Jazz[8]
  • 2001: Best Jazz[9]
  • 1999: Best Jazz, Best Funk, Best Drummer[8]
  • 1998: Best Jazz, Best Unsigned Band[8]

Discography

  • 1998: The Rising Tide Sinks All
  • 2000: Our Lady of Eternal Sunny Delights (Rastaman Work Ethic)
  • 2004: Aerial Bombardment (Rastaman Work Ethic)

Notes

  1. ^ a b Okuhara, Greg (2006-06-01). "Music Notes: Free Radicals set to bombard Bryan". Knight Ridder News. p. 1.  
  2. ^ "Music". The New Yorker. 2000-03-27. p. 1.  
  3. ^ Serrano, Shea (2009-04-29). "Fresh Fruit: Mango's attempts to resurrect Westheimer's bohemian past.". The Houston Press, Houston, TX.  
  4. ^ Capitan, Craig (2008-04-02). "Snook isn't the center of the world for Free Radicals". The Eagle, Bryan-College Sation, TX.  
  5. ^ a b c Okuhara, Greg (2007-07-05). "Musical reaction to Houston's Free Radicals". Knight Ridder News. p. 1.  
  6. ^ a b "The 2009 Houston Press Music Award Winners". Houston Press. 2009-07-31.  
  7. ^ "2008 HPMA Winner List". Houston Press. 2008-07-30.  
  8. ^ a b c d Lomax, John (2006-07-27). "Bring Back the Jams!". Houston Press.  
  9. ^ "Mount Coy". Houston Press. 2001-07-26.  

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