9/10 Evening Sky Adds Another Plus One: Ben Shaw release show @The Parlour

9/10 Evening Sky Adds Another Plus One: Ben Shaw release show @The Parlour

Ben Shaw writes songs for—and sits in with—the band for a stellar session, with Chris Brooks, Eric Hastings, Joe Potenza, & Gino Rosati

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EVENING SKY +1 BEN SHAW release show

Saturday, September 10, 2022

The Parlour

1119 N Main St. Providence RI 02904


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Evening Sky Adds Another Plus One

Ben Shaw writes songs for—and sits in with—the band for a stellar session

It’s hard to imagine that Evening Sky, an eclectic, productive, accomplished and entirely unpredictable band could somehow find simpatico musicians to partner with—given their penchant for the unexpected. But they have. And not just one, but three (so far). Their new album, Evening Sky +1 with Ben Shaw is the band’s third in their fascinating, so-called “+1” series. The first two featured jazz & blues singer Leland Brown, and the second versatile talent Tish Adams.

Each entry in the series is a musical photograph capturing the sparks that organically emerge from two gifted entities; the constant is the band; the variable is the guest. Cool, right? Ben Shaw is the guest of the third +1 and he sure does make things interesting. The five-track release spotlights four of Shaw’s compositions as well as a cover of Keith Jarrett’s “Country.” Shaw wrote these tunes specifically for Evening Sky after joining the band for The Long Weekend EP.

The material Shaw developed for Evening Sky demonstrates vast emotional and musical range, from the moody to the frenetic, with a bolero thrown in for good measure. He’s a prolific composer capable of traversing genres: classical, jazz, and pop music. He’s released a few jazz albums as a leader and an Americana album showcasing his singer-songwriter mode. Clearly, he’s as versatile as his temporary bandmates and then some as he pushes the band in typically interesting directions. Indeed, the wonder, joy, and breadth that emerge from this session are truly astonishing.

The band is certainly a willing co-conspirator. Gino Rosati’s electric guitar veers between stinging and strummy. Chris Brooks’s steel guitar lays down subtle chordal soundscapes. Eric Hastings hammers out an array of styles, from John Bonham (“Down the Stairs”) to Tony Williams, with the help of his equally versatile rhythm partner, bassist Joe Potenza. Shaw takes full advantage of the understanding at work in Evening Sky, hinting at the influences of Coltrane and Lloyd, among others.

But don’t get the wrong idea. This is not an indulgent vanity project. While Evening Sky may bring an enigmatic recipe to the stage every night, it’s not a self-absorbed abstraction. It’s meant to be accessible. It’s meant to be understood and enjoyed

Recorded and produced by Hastings at the Grapevine in Providence; mixed by Bradford Krieger at Big Nice Studios in Lincoln and mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering in Scituate, Evening Sky +1 with Ben Shaw is the sound of what happens when a band of adventurous musicians willfully delights in upending conventions, but, at the same time, makes sure it doesn’t leave its audience behind

Evening Sky enjoys a monthly residency at the Parlour in Providence, where they have the luxury of flexing their chops while entertaining open-minded audiences.



#ICYMI Jazz Quad talks & praises Evening Sky +1 Tish Adams

#ICYMI Jazz Quad talks & praises Evening Sky +1 Tish Adams

Welcome to New England! This time the new release takes us to the smallest US state of Rhode Island and introduces musicians who are quite famous on the local stage – the Evening Sky ensemble from Providence. The ensemble is unique, they characterize their music as “root music under the influence of jazz and jazz under the influence of root music”. Bassist Joe Potenza said in an interview that Evening Sky’s music ranges from Bill Frizell to the Grateful Dead. In general, Evening Sky is a quartet, where, in addition to the bassist mentioned above, two guitarists play, Chris Brooks on a pedal steel guitar and Gino Rosati on an ordinary electric guitar, as well as drummer Eric Hastings. The ensemble already has a number of albums in its discography, and local vocalist Tish Adams also joined the band in her new project, which is why the designation +1 appeared in the title. Adams is also not the last person on the local scene. A versatile vocalist and a popular radio host for many years, Adams is a perfect fit for her collaboration with Evening Sky, which should clearly reflect on the popularity of the new album.

The album’s program looks rather motley. Here is the classic of American music Cole Porter (My Heart Belongs to Daddy), and Wes Montgomery (West Coast Blues), who influenced many generations of American jazz guitarists, and the popular singer and songwriter Joe Henry with the composition Stop, which became famous performed by Madonna, and Percy Mayfield’s old R&B ballad Please Send Me Someone To Love, and Horace Silver’s hard bop standard Peace. Such a set may seem eclectic, but just as everything King Midas touched turned to gold, Evening Sky and Tish Adams turn all these very different works into their own product with a very distinctive personal touch. The group’s motto mentioned above works in this project as well, and Adams, with her obvious inclination towards the blues, sings in such a way that in each track the listener receives a story-story composed as if specially for him. Small Day Tomorrow has been turned into a blues, there is practically nothing left of the characteristic swing in Porter’s My Heart Belongs to Daddy, and I would call Stop simply the pinnacle of the album, and even here there is very little in common with Madonna’s version. In a word, a real indi, a great gift for those who do not like standard sounds.

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