Iron Man

by New Bop Brigade

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I am Iron Man!


Jazz bossa nova meets heavy metal rock in this twelve and a half minute cover of the epic song from Black Sabbath.

Composer Steve Messick originally arranged "Iron Man" for a friend's wedding reception dinner, during which a hard rock "Yeeeeeeah!" was heard from a heavy metal savvy wedding guest as soon as he recognized the melody. When Messick and pianist David Franklin founded the New Bop Brigade in 2002, "Iron Man" became the jazz quintet's closing number for their shows in Seattle jazz clubs. This recording of "Iron Man" was made during the recording sessions for the New Bop Brigade's eponymous 2005 album. The track captures the energy and spirit of the New Bop Brigade but has remained unreleased in the Opus Funkus Music vaults until now. The album artwork, created by Mark Forrer in 2013, combines elements from science fiction with hardware from a vintage Conn 10M tenor saxophone.


released April 29, 2013

Released through Opus Funkus Music

"Iron Man" arrangement by Steven M. Messick

Chris Stover - trombone
Travis Ranney - tenor saxophone
David Franklin - piano
Steve Messick - double bass
Ken French - drums

Produced by Steve Messick

Recorded by Donn DeVore at Ironwood Studios in Seattle, WA on November 8, 2004 and at Avast Recording Co. in Seattle, WA on January 24, 2005 and January 31, 2005

Mixed by Donn DeVore at Avast Recording Co. in Seattle, WA on April 25, June 24, and June 25, 2005

Mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI/CD Mastering in Seattle, WA on September 16, 2005

New Bop Brigade Logo by Tim Jensen
Album Artwork by Mark Forrer


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New Bop Brigade Seattle, Washington

The New Bop Brigade, founded by Steve Messick and David Franklin, performed in Seattle between 2002 and 2008 with Chris Stover on trombone, Travis Ranney on tenor sax, David Franklin on piano, Steve Messick on double bass, and Ken French on drums. The New Bop Brigade's music, composed by Messick and Franklin, was inspired by the works of Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock from the mid 60s. ... more

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