Instrumental trio Consider the Source, the planet’s preeminent Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion ensemble, has announced their first studio release in four years. The three disc collection, World War Trio, will be released separately. With their patented Middle Eastern sound and dazzling displays of furious virtuosity taking a backseat, the first of the three, “Put Another Rock in That Bag”, will debut October 31st, 2014 as an EP boasting a unique compositional approach. The second and third discs will be released as a double album in Winter 2015, but the initial EP will feature a short “Making of World War Trio” documentary with previews.
Recorded at Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY and funded by a successful Indiegogo campaign, World War Trio spans three discs and a universe of sonic territory. The compilation will be their first studio recording with drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann, whose recent addition has supercharged the band’s chemistry. The release perfectly encapsulates the trio’s masterful improvisation, frantic energy, and unique blend of progressive rock and Middle Eastern music that has brought them worldwide acclaim.
Disc one, “Put Another Rock in that Bag”, is an epic twenty-five minute work divided into six parts. Compositionally driven and showcasing their songwriting prowess, the EP is a departure from their usual style. It features a section written by Jan Zehrfeld of Panzerballett, with whom the band toured Germany and the US. Consider the Source will premiere the work on Halloween in Albany, NY with a full performance of the EP, launching a tour that will lead to the release of discs two and three in Winter 2015. This double album will highlight the multi-faceted diversity of Consider the Source, with authentic instruments from around the world, acoustic songs, ballads, and improvised pieces.
“Founder, writer and drummer of Soulive for over 15 years, Alan Evans proudly presents his newest creation the Alan Evans Trio; an inspiring and fresh organ trio lineup. Enlisting the support of good friends and talented players Danny Mayer on guitar (On the Spot Trio), and Beau Sasser (Melvin Sparks, Akashic Record) the trio’s sound proves hard driving and groovin’ with dark funky rhythms and blues lick solos. Alan Evans Trio opens a window into another side – an emotional introspection, as dark as it is powerful. Their passionate progressions emanate an electrified, smoky, 70s-era CTI Records zeitgeist.
Together as the Alan Evans Trio, Alan, Danny and Beau share an energetic on-stage chemistry, a love for album recording, and taking their music out on the road. Armed with an abundance of newly inspired songs, Alan is taking the band on tour across the US, Japan and Europe in support of their debut album Drop Hop, released in April 2012, and now available via iTunes and on vinyl.
Mention the name Alan Evans to a room full of music lovers, and you will get a consensus nod at one of the most celebrated and tenacious drummers in the jazz, funk, and soul scene. A producer, recording engineer, guitarist, percussionist, vocalist and writer, Alan’s repertoire of skills have been perfected with more than a decade of dedication.
“I’ve known for a long time what my purpose is this time around. All I want to do is try to make people happy with what makes me and my family happy… Music,” says Alan about his new trio project.
For Alan, the idea of Alan Evans Trio hatched soon after he transitioned from Playonbrother Studios in Hatfield, MA to his own home recording studio. Alan then enlisted the ingenious talent of both Danny Mayer and Beau Sasser for the project.
Alan had met Danny Mayer first as a Soulive fan, but then connected on a musical level when his band, On the Spot Trio (OTS), came out to Playonbrother Studios to record their first album, with Alan at the helm as producer. Alan had played gigs with Beau Sasser for some time, and had a great deal of respect for Beau’s masterful proficiency on the organ, and knowledge of the history behind the instrument.
Alan muses of Alan Evans Trio’s beginnings, “This is when it all started to come together for me. Danny was straight killin’ it, playing guitar exactly the way I would. I knew that Danny and Beau together would be scary.” Danny and Beau both consented to a recording session with one another. Alan set up the mastering date, began thinking about a release date, tour, and even began designing the website and logo.
Passionate and inspired, Alan cranked out Drop Hop in a couple of days. He recorded bass, drums, guitar and then emailed Beau and Danny the tune of the day to learn for the session. “It was all coming together so well, I could hear the entire album in my head. I can honestly say, this is the first album I’ve ever recorded that came out exactly the way I dreamed it.””
“On his upcoming release Another Day (Eusonia Records, 2011), Zach Deputy demonstrates his extraordinary ability to perform and record in multiple contexts. He conveys the sensibilities of a mature singer/songwriter and demonstrates that he is not merely a “looper”1 with crazy chops, serious pipes and colorful outfits. Another Day offers another look at Zach Deputy and seeks to help him cross over into other audiences. Rich with ballads and mid-tempo songs, the music on this recording is best described as soulful rhythm and blues, with flavors of Al Green, Taj Mahal and Stevie Wonder emerging in the swells, changes and modulations of the music, in the voice and even in the lyrical content. The record will appeal to fans of contemporary artists like Jack Johnson and Amos Lee, but the origins of the style and feel remain classic.
Recorded over 5 days in August, 2009 at Mission Sound Recording in Brooklyn, NY, Another Day emerged as a warm, mellow album, one that is perfect for after hour soirees and sunsets. It is possible that the only benefit to recording with a limited budget in a small window of time is that the raw essence of the session is not stripped away by weeks or months of second guessing and revision. The instincts and experience of the players is critical in sessions like this, and producer Scott Jacoby chose the right guys to fill out the sound and vibe of the record.
To handle the ever-present Latin, Caribbean and African elements in Zach Deputy’s backbeat and place them in the contemporary soul / pop format of the songs, Jacoby tapped Graham Hawthorne (Aretha Franklin, Harry Belafonte, Joan Osborne, Paul Simon, David Byrne) for the drum kit. Bassist Al Carty came into the studio and explained to Deputy’s manager that he was feeling a little scattered, as he had played four church gigs that day. Despite the list of artists he has recorded or toured with (Lou Reed, Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, De La Soul, Carrie Underwood, Gavin DeGraw, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Ashanti and more), the church gigs alone proved that Jacoby was on the mark with this choice for the low end. Zach Deputy is, after all, a soul singer whose music is underpinned by Gospel as much as by any other musical idiom. Equally at home in the Gospel tradition, pianist / organist Will Buthod (Jay-Z, Fat Joe, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Mashonda, The Harlem Gospel Choir) rounded out the studio trio that filled out Deputy’s vision for the recording, a vision made real by Jacoby’s pitch perfect choice of accompanists. These four accomplished professionals met for the first time on the first day of recording and worked as if they were old friends with a shared history and a common purpose.
In contrast to the music and feel of Another Day, Zach Deputy has made his mark thus far as a touring powerhouse.
As a boy, the music of Zach Deputy’s Puerto Rican, Cruzan and Irish heritage was cooked up in the South Carolina heat. The Calypso rhythms and folk songs of St. Croix competed with the R&B / soul of pioneers like James Brown and Ray Charles for space on the family stereo. As Deputy honed his craft, a unique hybrid of these influences emerged, ultimately creating the signature Zach Deputy sound. To bring this sound to the stage, the big, impossibly upbeat South Carolinian with the infectious smile puts on a solo show– enhanced by looping technology– that is essentially a one man dance party offering up what he calls “Island-infused, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul” to the enthusiastic crowds of dancers who flock to clubs from coast-to-coast. It is these late night dance parties—more than 250 per year– that have made Zach Deputy one of the hottest up-and-coming performers on the camping festival circuit and “jam band” scene.
Of course, artists are seldom content to stay in one place artistically, and Zach was looking to collaborate with somebody on a more “produced”, even somewhat “urban” sounding record. When Zach’s manager first turned Grammy Award winning producer Scott Jacoby on to some of Zach’s more funky, upbeat live performances, Jacoby simply didn’t hear it. The one-man-band live looping show features a more simplified version of Deputy’s music, and Jacoby was looking for songs, structure, changes, hooks, choruses… stuff that is nearly impossible to do by one’s self on stage with a nylon string Godin acoustic guitar, a handful of mics and a bunch of looping technology. Zach simply showed up at Jacoby’s studio with his acoustic guitar and sang a few songs and Jacoby was inspired—the urban-oriented dance album they had discussed was going to have to wait: he and Zach were now going to make what they called a “Ray Lamontagne” kind of record and the result is Another Day.
For Zach, most days begin in a hotel room and end a couple of hours after walking off stage, leaving a packed house of sweaty dancers calling for more. The constant touring and the compelling live show may be the key to Zach’s success on the road, but it is an unlikely inspiration for Another Day, as there is little similarity between what fans have come to expect from Zach and what is offered up in this new record. Thus, Another Day is an appropriately titled album, and it is truly an album in the classic sense—a collection of songs that come from the same time and place, inspired by the same muse. Reflective and introspective, it provides a glimpse at the soul of an artist and the depth of a songwriter. Full of hope and anticipation of the promise of another day, a new day, it is a pivotal point in the career of a touring musician. Whereas it is a departure for Zach Deputy, it is one that he feels confident his fans can relate to, but it isn’t the end in itself. Deputy’s multi-faceted diamond gets one side polished in this offering, and it is a side that will shine brightly for a new audience.
1. “Looper” is a term to describe an artist using digital looping technology to accompany themselves in live performances. Using a Godin nylon string acoustic guitar and a bank of sampled sounds, Zach Deputy creates musical passages live, records them as a short loop that plays continuously, then plays other parts over them– which also get looped– creating a palette of layered sounds that give the effect of accompaniment. Using his feet, he is able to bring loops in and out of the mix (he mixes his own sound from the stage), thus allowing for changes and choruses in his songs and an ability to both compose and arrange spontaneously, on the fly, in his live performances. For many, Zach Deputy’s impeccable timing (a loop is very unforgiving) and his remarkable ability to think like something other than a guitarist– he can play bass lines like a bassist, steel drums like a steel drum player, trombone like a trombonist, etc.– sets him apart from other loopers. He also uses looping technology to create rhythm tracks (by looping vocal beat boxing and live percussion), backup vocals and even full horn sections. The sound of beat boxing and vocals are further enhanced by the use of special microphones that provide sonic depth and allow for the use of other effects (sounds and choruses, delays, echo, etc.) on the rhythm and vocal tracks. On top of this full-band sound that he achieves through the technology, he sings and plays lead passages on guitar (or keyboard, trumpet, strings, etc., through the sound bank) and ultimatley creates the effect of a five or six piece band with singers.”