Love 1950s’-style “cool” jazz? You’re in good company.
Renowned bassist Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) and his famed keyboardist brother Pete (Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter) have always adored it, too, and now the pair have recorded their first album together as a duo, because of their affection for it.
As Tony, who also plays cello on the record, said, “…It’s been a labor of love to write pieces in that style, woodshed my cello playing, so as to use it as a lead instrument, and put together a record with melody based songs, short solos, and, hopefully, the chemistry of musicians who play like … like brothers!”
Their 14-song self-titled record, Levin Brothers, was recorded in the Woodstock, NY, area, and features all original work, except for one song, the King Crimson tune, “Matte Kudasai.” Other players on the album include guitarist David Spinozza, sax player Erik Lawrence and drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel. Steve Gadd also plays drums on two tracks.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll hear on the record:
Levin Brothers Track List:
- Not So Square Dance
- Jumpin Jammies
- Cello in the Night
- Special Delivery
- I Got Your Bach
- Matte Kudasai
- Gimme Some Scratch
- I Remember
- When Sasha Gets the Blues
- Brookline Boyz (CD Bonus Track)
- Fishy Takes a Walk (CD Bonus Track)