Oakland’s Hammond-heavy instrumental quartet, The M-Tet, is quickly becoming Northern California's go-to band. Having recently opened for Lee Fields & The Expressions, The Sugarman 3, Monophonics, and Matador! Soul Sounds (members of The New Mastersounds, Soulive, and Pimps Of Joytime), The M-Tet shows no sign of stopping.
Formed in the summer of 2012 with New Englander Joe Baer Magnant on Guitar, the North West’s Gary Pitman on Hammond Organ, and San Francisco Bay Area natives Chris Lujan on bass and Michael Reed on drums, The M-Tet is a neck-deep study of late-60s organ-based R&B bands such as The Meters, Jimmy McGriff, and Booker T. & The MGs, as well as the modern soul heroes of today, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, and Poets Of Rhythm. With their modern take on a classic sound, The M-Tet is just as much a dance party as a statement of how an old-school approach to raw, honest, unedited music is here to stay, with most of their music recorded live to tape.