Gondwana is a five-piece band of musicians who have been playing jazz together for thirty years – long enough to take a tune to the edge without losing their footing.
Take a listen. Just when you think you know where they’re going, they take you somewhere else - deconstructing and reconstructing the continents of rhythm and sound.
Surprise, variety and originality are Gondwana’s trademarks.
Their compositions “sound as if Monk were alive and playing TV-show themes ... File under freestyle, then slither awhile” Jim Meyer/Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“Lovely and loopy” Minneapolis Reader.
“Where are you getting this music!” Unknown listener shout-out.
“No one else can play this kind of stuff!” Longtime listener of Gondwana.
Gondwana features premier sax player Max Ray who also lends his sound to The Suburbs, The New Standards, Willie Murphy, The X-Boys and many others.
Keyboardist Rod Gordon has amassed a long, rich history of music performance and instruction including stints with The New Psychenauts, The Wallets, Lights Out Committee and more.
Bassist Jerry Gorman began his Twin Cities career starting with 80's pop recording artists The Spam Grievance and later the electric jazz improvisational group Earth Size Hail.
Drummer Larry Hennessy started in The Summer of Love and has played with The Coachmen, 4th Estate, Images, Harry Strobel and more.
Latest addition is Brad Bellows who has played with Things That Fall Down, John Devine, Bill Lang, Donald Washington, Imp Ork, Eddie Berger, Locally Damaging Winds and Valves meet Slide with Dave Graf.