BBG Shows, Updates & Press

 

04.16.16 Geoff Sanoff and Brian Boggess Wrap Up Brian Boggess Group’s 2nd Album at Little Steven Van Zandt’s Renegade Nation Studio, Greenwich Village, NYC, April 15, 2016

Brian Boggess Group’s second independent North American release and first full length 12″ vinyl album was recorded on 1/2″ and 2″ tape in 30 days between September 2015 and March 2016 with Grammy Award-winning engineer Geoff Sanoff at Little Steven Van Zandt’s private Renegade Nation studio in Greenwich Village, NYC.

Geoff and Brian had a fantastic time.  Classic NYC rock/pop studio recording.

Release date: First quarter 2017.

There are no words to express what has transpired, but the album will say it all.

Geoff Sanoff Brian Boggess Wrap Up Brian Boggess Group 2nd Album at Little Steven Van Zandt's Renegade Nation Studio Greenwich Village NYC April 2016

04.03.16 Brian Boggess Group 2nd Album Recording Sessions Complete, Final Mix In The Can

The Brian Boggess Group is pleased to announce 2nd Album Recording Sessions Complete! The Final Mix is in the can.

For the past seven months, Mr. Boggess has been hunkered down with Grammy Award-winning engineer Geoff Sanoff in Little Steven Van Zandt’s private Renegade Nation recording studio in Greenwich Village.

The album was recorded on 1/2″ and 2″ tape to be independently released on limited edition 12″ vinyl through Midnight Snack Records first quarter, 2017. This is the BBG’s second album and first full length LP record…10 new songs.

The album will only be available on 12″ vinyl.

Exclusive audio clips of the PMCD radio promotion Master will be available for a brief time at brianboggessgroup.com, to be announced.

01.31.16 Composer and Post-bop Pianist Jon Davis with Brian Boggess

Mr. Jon Davis and Brian Boggess having some fun at the Measure Lounge, Manhattan, NY.

Composer and post-bop pianist Jon Davis (Jaco Pastorius, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Stan Getz, Mike Stern) arrived at Little Steven Van Zandt’s Greenwich Village studio on Tuesday January 26 to lay down an astonishing Hammond B3 organ solo for Brian Boggess Group’s upcoming second independent North American vinyl record release and first full album.

Engineer ace Mr. Geoff Sanoff was at the board ready with a fire extinguisher in case the Hammond organ keys caught fire from Mr. Davis’ nitro-glistening performances.

This album track will be designated A5, closing side A.

It starts out with a classical baroque instrumental motif, where Mr. Davis plays harpsichord along with Boggess’ guitar and bass. It immediately dives into a Latin world music ballad accompanied by Mr. Davis on piano with Brian Wolfe on drums, congas, bongos, and shakers.

However, comma, the final movement transitions into a spellbinding jazz fusion jam which stars Mr. Davis on Hammond B3 organ recorded directly to 1/2″ tape.

Think a more avant-garde jazz Rick Wakeman meets Frank Zappa meets Keith Jarrett…you can even throw in a little Beatles and Doors if you can handle all the sublimated juice…

Track A5 subsumes a new vibe jazz fusion beyond words which simply has to be heard…and it’s coming to a turntable near you…Now more than ever.

 

Jon Davis and Brian Boggess at Measure Lounge NYC

01.23.16 Brian Boggess Group Second Independent Vinyl Record Release and First Full Album Nearly Complete!

The Brian Boggess Group is currently recording their second independent North American vinyl release and first full album at Little Steven Van Zandt’s private Greenwich Village studio with engineer Mr. Geoff Sanoff. Release Date: First quarter 2017

Brian Boggess Recording in Steven Van Zandt's Studio 2015

Brian Boggess recording bass using Little Steven’s Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin with flatwounds.

Drummer Brian Wolfe

Brian Wolfe tuning up his very own 1967 Ludwig kit. Mr. Wolfe brings his own drum kit, because that’s the way he rolls, baby.

Drummer Brian Wolfe w:Engineer Geoff Sanoff

Brian Wolfe tuning up his 1967 Ludwig kit with engineer extraordinaire Geoff Sanoff looking on.

Brian Boggess Recording Session Amps Vox Bassman

Just a few vintage tube amps being used for Brian Boggess Group’s 2nd album recording sessions. We also used Mr. Sanoff’s awesome 1959 Fender Champ, a Fender Twin (which shook the foundation of the building), and a 1969 Ampeg for the bass. The tweed in the photo is a Fender Bassman.

Brian Boggess Recording Session Amp Marshall

Yet more vintage tube amps being used for Brian Boggess Group’s 2nd album recording sessions.

Brian Boggess Recording Session Guitars 2

Brian Boggess’ Les Paul Standard and Fender Strat among several guitars used for the BBG’s 2nd album recording sessions, including, but not limited to, a Rickenbacker 350V63, 12-string Rickenbacker electric, Gibson ES335, Gretsch 6118, vintage ’64 Gibson SG, Martin acoustic, Fender Precision bass (rosewood fretboard), and Mr. Sanoff’s totally awesome maple top Fender Precision bass!

09.30.14 A Photograph of Brian Boggess Group’s Black Vinyl Debut Record

A photograph of Brian Boggess Group’s black vinyl debut record appropriately titled, “Debut EP,” and some audiophile info about it.

New York City’s Brian Boggess Group will release their forthcoming second independent national vinyl record and first full album on Midnight Snack Records in 2016.

Previously, The Brian Boggess Group released their first national record “Debut EP” in 2012 (see press reviews in posts below).

Debut EP audiophile info:

• Recorded live in the studio onto 2″ tape with Grammy-winning engineer Geoff Sanoff in Manhattan.

• Drums: Marc Friedlander / Bass: Fabrice Calmettes / Organ: Jon Davis / Vocals & Guitar: Brian Boggess

• Record weight: 140 grams.

• Mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Joe Lambert who also cut the lacquers for the 12” vinyl in Brooklyn, NY.

• Handmade matrix/run-out groove etchings, Side A, Side B, catalog number MSR001 and signed by Joe Lambert.

• The record was pressed by Tom & Fern at Brooklynphono in Brooklyn, NY.

• Two songs per side on 12″ that spins at 45 RPM for highest audio quality.

• Brian Boggess Group’s “Debut EP” is a small pressing Limited Edition 12″, entirely made in New York City, recorded, mixed and mastered to play loud where analog rock ‘n’ roll frequencies unfold, and only available through Midnight Snack Records:

Vinyl record purchase inquiries can be made by simply writing to info@brianboggessgroup.comBrian Boggess Group Vinyl

09.10.14 Brian Boggess Group Members Know Why They Want To Be in a Band

Yesterday Irish rock band U2 made an “unexpected announcement” it is giving away for free their new 11-song album “Songs of Innocence” to over 500 million iTunes users in conjunction with an Apple “unveiling event” in California with Apple CEO Tim Cook on hand, according to the Associated Press, which failed to note whatever it was that Apple was “unveiling.” The album will be available to “everyone else” in mid-October.

500 million current iTunes users will be able to download a new 11-song album by one of the world’s most financially successful rock bands for free. Songs on iTunes generally go for 99 cents a piece, or around ten bucks per album. If 5% of current iTunes users download the full album for free, that would presumably be worth over $250 million dollars in revenue.

What kind of company and rock band can afford to give away over a quarter billion dollars in revenue as a mere promotional gimmick? And what is the true nature of the economy and corporate culture, not to mention the products they would like to sell to consumers under that kind of business model?

Is there a connection between those incorporeal zeros and ones that make up a compressed audio coding format, and the value of any fiat currency used to purchase something that has been described as deliberately engineered audio deterioration from “psychoacoustic auditory masking”?

Furthermore, it is curious when Bono, lead singer of one of the world’s most financially successful rock bands, tells Rolling Stone magazine that he wanted to make an album to “try to figure out why [he] wanted to be in a band.”

The Brian Boggess Group will enter the studio fall 2014 to record their upcoming second independent national vinyl record release and first full album on Midnight Snack Records. It will be recorded onto 2″ tape using analog tube amps and mixing board. All music will be performed by human beings that know why they want to be in a band. The Brian Boggess Group’s second album will not be available on iTunes, Amazon, or from Starbucks, and it will not be available for free. However, you will be able to put the 12″ vinyl record on a turntable, have a smoke, and let the music set you free. The choice is yours. Now more than ever.

09.08.14 Brian Boggess Group Pianist and Organist Jon Davis

In the previous post The Brian Boggess Group announced drummer extraordinaire Brian Wolfe’s return to the fold who will take the helm as studio drummer for the BBG’s upcoming second independent national vinyl record release and first full album on Midnight Snack Records. Typically there is not enough room on an official press release to inform more contextually regarding group member bios. The BBG would like to take an opportunity to expound on another very special group member.

Jon Davis is the honored pianist and organist for The Brian Boggess Group which performs in a more traditional rock idiom. While Brian and Jon have known each other for nearly twenty years, what most people may not know is that Mr. Davis is the highly esteemed post-bop modern jazz pianist and composer who may be considered “underground” for many, perhaps more well known in Europe and Japan, and an unsung American musician of inimitable style and musical brilliance.

Most famously Mr. Davis performed piano on several studio albums that featured electric bassist Jaco Pastorius. Jon was a member of The Brian Melvin Trio that featured Jaco Pastorius on the vibrant album “Standards Zone” (recorded 1986, released 1990), which became Pastorius’ final recording. Mr. Davis composed the internationally acclaimed song “Wedding Waltz,” which is the most profoundly beautiful track on “Standards Zone” amid songs like “So What” by Miles Davis and “Village Blues” by John Coltrane where Jon Davis lays down an intensely dazzling, blinding, blistering, nitro-glistening piano performance. Mr. Davis is fully capable of stealing the show. Musician Magazine said of “Standards Zone”: “It’s got the distinct air of genius.”

Jon further appeared with Jaco Pastorius on Melvin’s “Nightfood” that also featured Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, the album “Jazz Street” as well as Pastorius’ posthumously released “Curtain Call” and “Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology.”

In the early 1980’s, Mr. Davis performed regularly with jazz legends Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, and Stan Getz. Jon has also worked with jazz guitarist Mike Stern, singer-songwriter Norah Jones, and the one and only Toots Thielemans, among many other distinguished jazz musicians.

It is a distinct honor to have Jon Davis as a member of The Brian Boggess Group as Jon releases solo albums today on the Posi-Tone label such as his long overdue solo debut “One Up Front.” Jon keeps a busy schedule touring the world over, including appearances at the Hague Festival, touring South Korea and India with Beatle Jazz, and can also be seen live regularly at New York City’s finest jazz clubs such as Birdland, Smoke, The Kitano Lounge, The Knickerbocker Bar & Grill, Smalls, and Fat Cat.

Finally, it is remarkable to note that Jon Davis’ performance on The Brian Boggess Group’s “Debut EP” (2012), as well as on the BBG’s upcoming second national vinyl release and first full album on Midnight Snack Records, makes it the first and only rock ‘n’ roll record releases on which Mr. Davis has appeared.

“Debut EP” is a 12″ vinyl record (45 RPM) that consists of four songs. Of particular note is Mr. Davis’ delightful solo on “Jack Knife” and his blazing organ on “I Remember When” as it deliciously intermingles with Boggess’ guitar work.

09.08.14 Mr. Brian Wolfe Takes the Helm as Studio Drummer for The Brian Boggess Group

The Brian Boggess Group is pleased and excited to announce Mr. Brian Wolfe will take the helm as studio drummer for the BBG’s second independent national vinyl record release and first full album on Midnight Snack Records.

Mr. Wolfe is the original drummer for The Brian Boggess Group which debuted live on May 8, 2004 at Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn, NY with his continued live support throughout the mid-2000s exclusively in New York City.

In the meantime, Mr. Wolfe has made national broadcast television appearances for a variety of artists as well as keeping a busy schedule with extensive touring, including his world tour with David Byrne and St. Vincent in support of their collaborative studio album “Love This Giant,” and his work with Shara Worden’s My Brightest Diamond, among many others.

The Brian Boggess Group heartily welcomes Mr. Brian Wolfe’s return to the fold as drummer extraordinaire.

09.03.12 The Brian Boggess Group Debut EP Reviewed by Performer Magazine

PERFORMER MAGAZINE: VINYL OF THE MONTH!

The Brian Boggess Group Debut EP Reviewed by Performer Magazine

Full-page Feature!

“Brian Boggess Group’s appropriately titled ‘Debut EP’ kicks off with something sorely lacking in most hipster-approved vinyl: a pure rock and roll number with an actual riff.”

Click here to Performer Magazine for the full review!

08.29.12 Brian Boggess talks to antiMUSIC about “Indigo,” the first track from his Debut EP

Brian Boggess talks to antiMUSIC.com about “Indigo,” the first track from his Debut EP.

“For me, songs don’t necessarily evolve in a purposeful manner. Most of the time I just wake up with a woody to write a song. Such was the case with ‘Indigo,’ the first track from my Debut EP.”

Click here for the full story on antiMUSIC.com!