Restless, agile, but with a steady course: that is how one could describe the malamute, the Alaskan sledge dog, and it’s also appropriate for the eponymous New York band. The four musicians cannot be pinned down on one genre. Together they create a unique style with seemingly incompatible elements: warm-blooded tenor sax, jumpy keyboards and propulsive bass and drum grooves.
Drummer Jim Black keeps the shifting boundaries of jazz and rock and he played in very diverse bands such as Human Feel (featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel), Bloodcount (with Tim Berne) and Tiny Bell Trio (with Dave Douglas). He founded Malamute to be able to collaborate with the Icelandic jazz saxophonist Óskar Guðjónsson. Elias Stemeseder plays keyboards and Chris Tordini electric bass.