Trombonist Curtis Fowlkes has performed on dozens of albums since the early '90s, maintaining a diverse career that spans jazz and rock music. In addition to co-founding the Jazz Passengers, he has been a member of the Lounge Lizards, Bill Frisell's quartet, and the Kansas City All-Stars; the latter came together for Robert Altman's film Kansas City and ended up with two CDs and a month-long tour. Fowlkes also toured with Charlie Haden's reunited Liberation Orchestra in 1996, and with the Ellington Orchestra led by Louie Bellson. Other collaborators include artists like downtown New Yorkers John Zorn and Marc Ribot; comedian Harry Shearer; and rock acts including Sheryl Crow, Jeb Loy Nichols, and Cibo Matto. Fowlkes' debut as a leader came in 1999 with the release of Reflect on Knitting Factory Records.