New York Horns, a seven-man band, originated with trumpeter Chris Anderson and saxophonist John Isley. The two began making music together in 1998, and even released an EP called Tunnel Vision in 1999. Through this EP they got over 350,000 downloads and gained many loyal fans. New York Horns continued to play and make music together until 2003, when other projects separated them. They reunited in 2012. Now the band consists of Anderson, Isley, Neal Pawley (trombone and vocals), Tony Tino (bass guitar), Shawn Pelton (drums), Jeff Kazee (Hammond B3, piano, and vocals) and Glenn Alexander (guitar and vocals).
Their self-titled album New York Horns is the band's second album. It creates the atmosphere, invokes the character and channels the excitement of a live performance. Each song takes listeners to a different place - whether a concert, club or festival - where the music comes alive in an authentic way. New York Horns' album blends jazz, funk, soul and blues in a cohesive, but never dull, package.
Many of New York Horns songs mesmerize listeners, but a few completely bewitch them. "Nothing Left To Say" embodies the spirit of a jazz club performance with every note and beat. "More Than Tears" makes the perfect meditative sound for creative explorations of the mind.
"Can't Stand to See You Cry" has a bit of a Motown sound, but combines it with the marketable nature of a current pop tune. The beats and lyrics make it an easy song to sing and dance to. Listening to "Morningside at Midnight” makes everything seven times cooler. It's a slick, smooth jazz piece that creates a nice blend of fun and technique. "Song for Levon,” a harmonica heavy track, creates a bluegrass and jazz-hybrid vibe. Its transition and shifts create tranquil and fascinating tones. It's one of the more quietly brilliant songs on New York Horns.
New York Horns’ second album provides a variety of sounds that really give listeners the spirit and soul of a live jazz band performance. It's a perfect addition to any album collection. It'll make any dull Friday night a party.
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