Fri, August 22, 2014
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2014-08-22 9:00 pm
the Blue Project at Silvana
The Blue Project featuring Frank Lacy, Danny Petroni will be doing a show at Silvana in Harlem on Friday July 22th
one show from 9-10pm. Hope you can join us. NO Cover
300 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026 · (646) 692-4935
This album bills itself as the “Sound of Asbury Park.” Bingo. Guitarist Danny Petroni has done the Garden State proud. Somewhere “The Boss” is smiling. Somewhere “Miami Steve” is smiling. Somewhere “Southside Johnny” is smiling. And blues-loving jazz heads everywhere will be smiling, too, when they hear this disc. Petroni created this project to provide a little bit of work for the musicians, engineers and studios of Asbury Park that suffered so badly in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. He assembled a star-studded New Jersey cast to perform here—from Gary Oleyar on violin and Gene Boccia on bass to Dave Halpern and John Allen on drums and many more. It’s an eclectic blues stew with a sharp jazz edge. At the centerpiece of this excellent recording is a true surprise for jazz fans. Ku-umba Frank Lacy adds deep, cool vocals—not to mention amazing horn arrangements that compete with the best of the Miami Horns. The result is one of my favorite albums of the year, so far. “I’ve Seen Everything” swings hard as a hysterical opening tune. The next track, “Tastes Like Chicken,” ain’t far behind! “I’ve Changed My Ways” slides in as a beautiful ballad. “Peanut Butter & Jelly” delivers. “Mouse In The House” offers a sad look at the extermination business of love. And Petroni’s beautiful, reverb-filled “Diminishing Returns” offers a touching conclusion to this 10-song set. Sandy couldn’t take these guys out. It just spurred their artistry. They deserve a few minutes of your attention. Check them out.
BY FRANK ALKYER DownBeat Magazine Editors Pick/Review
"Today’s song is “God of War” by The Blue Project. The Asbury Park, NJ based group was put together by American composer-songwriter and guitarist Danny A Petroni in the wake of superstorm Sandy. When music productions all but stopped, Danny Petroni set out to put local musicians to work. With the goal of employing local musicians and using local music production impacted by Sandy, all guided by his original songs, Petroni and co recorded an impactful blues/jazz/funk album."
Check out our latest press:
"Currently cutting through the area with live dates supporting their self-titled album (June 21st at Tammany Hal,l NYC & July 24th at Silvana in Harlem, NYC) The Blue Project is a musical collaboration born in the wake of a terrible natural disaster. Asbury Park-based guitarist Danny Petroni set out with the goal of employing local N.J. musicians and using local music productions after superstorm Sandy left so many of the Garden State’s working musicians without gigs. This CD features great players working-out 10 original Petroni compositions.
Sweeping horns glisten up and down into the fun quick beat and horn bleat of the slightly naughty “I’ve Seen Everything;” Petroni’s guitar, vocalist Frank Lacy’s trombone and Gary Oleyar’s violin all take a lead here. Second song “Taste Like Chicken” is more dirty fun, with pretty much the same instrumentation and a lot more of Petroni wailing. Things get a bit rockin’ on “God Of War,” the horns are still there but we’re into some nice rock/jazz stuff, with Lacy sounding especially good following the melody line behind him.
Things get slow and slinky on the truly wonderful Lacy & Petroni mix- and-match “I Changed My Ways” with Jo Wymer providing a great counter duet-ing vocal to Lacy. There’s lots of guitar fun on the groovy “Cracker Jack” showcasing Petroni’s use of some wonderful electric maneuvers and different tones.
“Diminishing Returns” sees Petroni sweetly on his own, a real showcase instrumental for his touch. And the funky organ slink and quick run riffery of ”Hey You’re Looking Good” ends the CD."
Critically acclaimed New Jersey based blues band, The Blues Project creates a classic and real take on post modern blues and jazz. With grungy and dark lyrics sung by Danny Petroni’s raspy and experienced voice, The Blue Project is a great find for anyone who loves to listen to musicians who have a story to tell. With local east coast shows coming up, you can experience this penetratingly real band in NYC.
Do your best to make it out to their upcoming show at Silvana Harlem on July 24th. You can give this awesome music project a listen below. They are hard to turn off and even harder to forget!
Today’s song is “God of War” by The Blue Project. The Asbury Park, NJ based group was put together by American composer-songwriter and guitarist Danny A Petroni in the wake of superstorm Sandy. When music productions all but stopped, Danny Petroni set out to put local musicians to work. With the goal of employing local musicians and using local music production impacted by Sandy, all guided by his original songs, Petroni and co recorded an impactful blues/jazz/funk album.
Silvana, 330 West 116 Street