Leaving New York and Previte behind, Horvitz moved to Seattle to spend time with a new combo called Zony Mash. During a regular visit to his old trio-mate, Horvitz introduced Previte to Skerik, a saxophone player and a key musician in the Seattle jazz community. Skerik had played with groups such as Critters Buggin, Tuartara, and Motel 6. With Skerik on sax and sampler, Previte on drums, Horvitz on keys, the trio played jam sessions at local clubs.
After several performances, Skerik invited friend Dave Palmer to sit in on a couple performances. Palmer, up to that point, had been the pianist for such projects as MC 900 Ft. Jesus, Fiona Apple, and Chris Isaak. Palmer eventually became the fourth in a group of two 40-something New York jazzheads and two 30-something West Coast funk addicts. Originally Ponga called themselves Swammie Late Plate and then Vog, finally resting on a word whose literal meaning is a type of fern that originates in New Zealand.
In 1999 they released their self-titled debut CD, which was a collection of improvised tracks that had been edited and cleaned for release. The CD was hosted by the well-recognized Ninja Tune label, which also hosts the likes of DJ Food, Kid Koala, and Funki Porcini. "Ponga" followed the release with a CD and featured a 12" of reworks by veterans Fila Brazillia, Spacetime Continuum, and labelmate Amon Tobin -- to name a few. Read more on Last.fm.
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