About Living Daylights
Seattle's Living Daylights play Balkan-tinged groove jazz that works on the head as well as it does on the feet. If you can imagine Charlie Hunter, John Zorn's Masada and Medeski, Martin & Wood as three points on a triangle, Living Daylights would fall just about right in the center. The trio boast a gifted soloist in alto saxophonist Jessica Lurie (Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet), as well as an electric bass/drum team that can handle Bop, Funk, Middle Eastern and Eastern European rhythms with equal flexibility. They play with a relaxed poise that makes what they do sound easy. Combined with their knack for slyly catchy melodies, this sense of ease makes them unusually accessible for a jazz group who also have plenty of actual substance going for them.