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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.