COUSINS OF THE WIZE are an 8 member collective hailing from Phoenix, AZ, consisting of two lead vocalists, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, saxophone and turntables. The COTW sound can best be described as a blending of elements such as, hip-hop, alt-rock, psychedelic jazz, and reggae based grooves, fused w/ aggressive yet contemplative poetry and rhymes, to dutifully exploit the essence of numerous musical forms.
Formed in 1998, COTW consists of Pie -Vocals
Jah Sonora - Vocals
Steven Faulkner - Fender Bass Guitar
Jeremy Decoster - Saxophone
Mark Kulvinskas - Drums
Robert Maywalt - Fender Guitars
Derek Langham - Keyboards
DJ Needles - Turntables
The Cousins were originally fronted by 3 vocalists, but in 2003 a tragic car crash claimed the life of one the original MCs, CPT (Cool Poetry Talker) a.k.a. Chris Pangrazi. COTW took a two year hiatus from music, and members went on to other musical endeavors (Trik Turner, Phunk Junkeez, Magnum P.I.e). Now a revamped and re-energized COTW are back and in the process of recording the follow-up to 1998's "A Brief Moment in Time's Pocket". The tentatively untitled disc is slated to feature some 15 songs, mixing live band tracks with a variety of programmed beats and electronic touches. The group is hoping to have the new album ready for release later this year.
Cousins Of The Wize have played shows with:
Incubus, Cypress Hill, Run DMC, De La Soul, House Of Pain, Fishbone, Pharcyde, Phunk Junkeez, Z Trip and many more
It is the larger than life stage shows that give Cousins of the Wize an opportunity to incorporate elements of animation, and impromptu stage antics that snag the audience's attention and often inspiring the crowd into a beer-drenched frenzy
Digable Planets, RUN DMC, Faith No More, Steel Pulse, Alkoholiks, Beck, Pharcyde, Blind Melon, Bob Marley, Sublime, Public Enemy, James Taylor, The Roots, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice In Chains, Led Zeppelin, Peter Tosh, De La Soul, Jay Z, Nas, Jazz Music(the real), Parliament Funkadelic, Prince...rad music that's unlame...
Fender Guitars and Basses, Korg Triton Keys
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