Fatt Jazz’s rhythmic style sends Aftershock

Faculty musicians make waves with a lot of percussion, bass


ABBY TUTOR | The Daily Evergreen

Brad Ard, lead guitarist of the band Fatt Jazz, plays “La Sansa” during a concert in Kimbrough Music Building Tuesday night.

BLAINE ROSS, Evergreen columnist

With its bass-heavy and drum-driven sound, WSU’s Fatt Jazz sent back-to-back songs to its audience Tuesday during a concert aptly named “Aftershock.”

Under the stage lights, guitar Brad Ard, his wife and percussionist Mindy Ard, bassist Dave Snider and drummer Dan Smith played an eclectic mix of music ranging from Latin fusion to jazz ballads and rock.

Mindy experimented with instrumentation. While playing the congas with a drumstick and her elbow, she played the tambourine and cowbell simultaneously by tapping them together.

Brad played three different guitars throughout the concert and used various amplifier effects to give each song a richer character. Two electric guitars and an acoustic allowed him to create a diverse sound.

Sophomore pre-med zoology major Angie Hernandez said she enjoyed the show.

“I really like steel drums a lot and the guitar was really cool,” she said. “[The music] would just give me the chills sometimes.”

Throughout the concert, the group worked together to create a wave of energy.

The percussion section, specifically on its final chart, “Now She’s Blonde,” created a jazz fusion groove that mixed funk, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

Smith used bass and snare to give the song a strong Latin feel. He accented off beats with the cowbell, a common technique in Latin and jazz fusion music.

Brad’s solo could be mistaken for two guitars because of his rhythmic style. The lyricism in his playing was reminiscent of a vocalist singing.

The concert’s featured artist, Snider, brought his signature slap bass style, which added to the Latin fusion feel. Brad explained that Snider planned the performance.

“It was his concert so I gave him a lot of freedom to do what he wanted to do,” Brad said.

Brad formed the band, which was originally called the Brad Ard Group, but he decided to change the name.

“I wanted to make it more democratic,” he said, “so everyone felt they had input in it.”

The group doesn’t have a preferred type of music, Brad said, but plays whatever they find appealing.

“There’s only two kinds of music: good and bad,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what style it is.”

He said the group has an interesting relationship because the members are either married, work together or are just good friends.

“Everyone’s easy to get along with, and music’s a social thing,” he said. “It’s interaction, and you allow people to be who they are and see what happens. This is really what it’s all about.”