Evening Sky is New England based Roots infused Jazz|Jazz infused Roots Band
EVENING SKY +1 BEN SHAW release show
Saturday, September 10, 2022
1119 N Main St. Providence RI 02904
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.
For March 4 Release
Evening Sky is New England based Roots infused Jazz|Jazz infused Roots band
The Desert at Night album release show
Saturday, March 12, 2022 5p
1119 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904
Something special happens when the players in Evening Sky get together. The chemistry begins. The grooves materialize and the melodies fall into place. The sound that emerges is truly its own. It dwells in the fertile ground between jazz and roots, the soft spaces between soul, country, and folk, with the spirit of collaboration and the passion of playing great music.
Chris Brooks, Eric Hastings, Joe Potenza, and Gino Rosati together make wholly unique music and have been working at it since assembling back in 2017. Drawn together by proximity, kismet, and a mutual affinity for unusual and unpredictable sounds, the quartet has the capability of blending seemingly disparate styles to create music that feels completely logical. It’s a rare feat for sure and only advised when the participants are up to the task.
Evening Sky’s newest recording, The Desert at Night, their fourth and most fully realized recording, is rhythmic and smooth, playful, and intriguing. The street date is March 4, with an album release show on Saturday, March 12 at The Parlour in Providence. With Brooks on pedal steel, Rosati on electric guitar, Potenza on bass, and Hastings on drums, the band stakes out an extraordinary aural ground. There’s the sultry opener “Van Cleef,” the mild boogie of “Bowlagumbo,” and the Jerry Reed-style chicken picker “Goodbye Columbus” are all memorable. Flutist Wendy Klein adds serious flair to the title track and the closing “A Blustery Day,” the latter of which features an atmospheric King Crimson vibe and builds subtlely and satisfyingly until Klein wraps things up. “Bill’s Porch” would sound great on a summery, sunshiny porch with a frosty lemonade. Brooks’ pedal steel carries the lead responsibility and it’s a delight. Easy listening, indeed, with the emphasis on aaaah.
Recorded by Hastings at The Grapevine in Providence, mixed by Graham Mellor at Uptown Sound, also in Providence, and mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering, the songs on The Desert at Night are all composed by Gino Rosati, except for the funky jazz nugget, “Where the Buses Don’t Run,” written by Potenza. All the tracks on this recording are instrumental, though the band works with some very talented vocalists. (When you get a chance, check out the band’s epic cover of Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited.”)
Incidentally, Evening Sky is staying busy, with a full slate of shows and upcoming recording sessions, including a recording with singer Tish Adams and an additional handful of new music.
For Immediate Release
EVENING SKY is New England based
Roots infused Jazz
Jazz infused Roots band