Lorenzo’s Music is:
- Tom Ray - vocals
- Mark Whitcomb - guitar
- Scott Beardsley - drums
- Bryan Elliott - saxophone
- Cliff Hammer - bass
- Eric Bruzewitz - keyboard and organ
Their sound is not unlike a band of swaggering Lotharios caught between yesteryear and today. The three time Madison Area Music Award winner’s sound combines the sax-powered crunch of Morphine with the crazed-circus gypsy-swing genius of Firewater. Tom Ray’s addictive voice rasps and growls over grimy guitar, saxophone, and all kinds of slinky rhythms. Mark Whitcomb’s off-the-cuff brilliance as a guitar player is extremely engaging.. —sometimes a little swing, sometimes a little Balkan, but always elusive and infectious.
When Vocalist Tom Ray first named the concept that would become the band Lorenzo's Music back in the early 90's, he may not have imagined that many eclectic yet palpable recordings would be made, about a hundred songs would be co-written with other lorenzo-ites, and thanks to a nonstop web presence, a worldwide following would be built for the band.
Likewise, engineer and guitarist Mark Whitcomb first recorded Lorenzo's self titled ep on a 4 track recorder, he probably didn't know that he would one day own and operate one of the elite recording and production houses in the Midwest.
As a band that reinvents itself with every new record, 2008 finds a new Lorenzo’s Album. “Bazar”, their 4th studio record, which is released under Creative Commons License like the 3 previous records. Mostly a rock record, with a slight venture into experimental styled pop. Tom Waits is always a reference; Man Man, Firewater as well. But there is more to the appropriations that exist on “Bazar”. Styles of Fripp, the Latin Playboys, TV on the Radio and the The White Stripes are also summoned. These unabashed gents are making irreverent lyrical contributions and musical stabs at modern styles ranging from blues to rock to latin to new wave to neo-soul. No two are the same, yet each one is distinctly Lorenzo's and uniquely original.
There is still an underlying lorenzo-ness to it all, a 'Lorenzo sound' that pervades everything they do, and even if each album seems to be a new adventure in songs and sounds it can always be immediately recognizable as Lorenzo's Music. The reality of the creative process that exists for this core group is thus: Do what you want to do, make what you want to make.
People routinely ask bands: What kind of music do you play? For this band, the answer is easy... Lorenzo's Music.