You may have heard of D.J. Bonebrake as the
drummer of the influential Los Angeles band X.
But D.J. has always cultivated a mallet-oriented
reverence-for jazz. In his 30-plus years in the music industry he has
played vibraphone and marimba for musicians like Rickie Lee Jones and
Elliot Caine, contributed music for film and TV, and given live
solo performances. In 2002, his jazz group Orchestra Superstring released
a CD of Latin-influenced,
hypnotic jazz music, and in 2006, DJ went to Europe
as vibraphonist for Steven Bernstein’s Hollywood Diaspora tour.
This year the Bonebrake Syncopators,
a five-piece group including lap steel guitar, electric guitar and vibraphone
released a CD, ‘That Da Da Strain’, honoring the classics
of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s with fresh authenticity.
D.J.’s first album of original compositions, “The Other
Outside”, features veteran Los Angeles musicians
Danny Frankel on drums and Paul Eckman on bass, and showcases Bonebrake
as composer, arranger,