(Evolution and Concept)
Co-op Bop, The Band- (Evolution of a Quintet)
CO-OP BOP, a Quintet, has developed in various combinations since the
late 1950’s. Alan Gaumer (trpt.) and Craig Kastelnik (org.),
coached by Craig’s father (KAL) appeared on the Ted Mack Original
Amateur Hour as “kids”. Their association continued to grow. Along the
way, Tom Kozic, @ 17 years of age, began to play guitar with Alan’s
Quartet. By the late 1970’s Gary Rissmiller took over the drum chair.
And while this group was playing one of its’ common steady “gigs” at a
local venue, Nelson Hill (sax) burst on to the scene. Since that time
they have continued to perform together building a library of standard
and original compositions. They have consistently played under each
others’ names sharing leadership roles. Recently because of their mutual
respect for one another, they came to the conclusion that a group name
was in order, SO……it’s official…….
Their first CD, Co-Op Bop, produced ten years ago, continues to sell and is still available. They continue to write and perform together, as often as possible. The Minsi Ridge record label will be releasing their second CD, Co-Op Bop "Unlimited," in July.
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