Bobby Previte's COALITION OF THE WILLING Strikes May 23rd On Ropeadope
Comprised by Bobby Previte, Charlie Hunter, Steven Bernstein, Skerik, Stanton Moore, Jamie Saft and Stew Cutler.
"Previte is a serious composer with the heart of a roadhouse rocker." - Village Voice
"Previte's music is thoroughly, stubbornly and distinctly his own...the music copies nothing and is utterly original." - The New York Times
"His ensembles speak in visionary tongues." - The New Yorker
New York, NY -- In the great tradition of electric guitar fueled instrumental rock, Bobby Previte's "super bar band," The Coalition Of The Willing, brings you eight explosive new songs that combine to create one of the most powerful, dynamic, energetic and beautiful albums of 2006. Hitting ground May 23rd on Ropeadope, the self-titled debut recording is sure to catch many by surprise as it's far from what would be expected of this one-of-a-kind line-up (or shall we say coalition).
The Coalition Of The Willing
Some of the best musicians in the so-called "jazz" world have traded in their tradition for this electric experiment in old fashioned rock and roll. Charlie Hunter puts down his 8-string guitar and picks up a Fender Telecaster and a Fender Bass for the first time ever on record. Sex Mob trumpeter Steven Bernstein and saxophone magician Skerik blast through the former's horn arrangements. Galactic's Stanton Moore lends his deep New Orleans percussive funk. Behind the boards, Brooklyn's own Jamie Saft produces and records all this magnificent noise, adding his voice on various organs, guitars and bass. And underneath it all, Bobby Previte's tough drums propel the Coalition ever forward.
Collectively, Previte and company go full-force ahead into rock music's stylistically broad landscape, exploring ground where others might fear to tread. The barnburner, "Ministry of Truth," is a psychedelic prog rocker that harkens back to such classics as "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown." The high octane "Airstrip One" grooves on top of a double drum attack by Previte and Stanton Moore as Charlie Hunter turns out flashy low end string popping in the rare roll of a traditional bassist. "The Inner Truth" is perhaps the record's most idiosyncratic piece, sounding like Hawaiian slack key guitar music gone mad. Again, Hunter finds himself in a new roll; this time that of slide guitarist. An ethereal mood piece, the trance-like "Memory Hole" gently floats, while trumpeter Steven Bernstein's horn arrangements and Stew Cutler's harmonica unfold in a strange, but beautiful, design. The Coalition of the Willing conclude with the hard-grooving "Anthem for Andrea" built around Previte's driving rhythm and complete with soaring horns that, true to the composition's title, are majestically anthemic.
Composer and drummer Bobby Previte's star has been on the rise as of late. A fixture of the New York City improvisational music scene, his work has ranged from theater scores to experimental electronic recordings; from chamber music to the power punk-jazz trio, The Beta Popes. Most recently, his critically acclaimed work with Groundtruther, a duo comprised of he and Charlie Hunter, led to a cover story in Downbeat Magazine. 2006 is sure to find Previte's music continuing to be discovered by hungry music audiences as he launches the improvisational supergroup, The Coalition of the Willing. Instrumental rock music at it's absolute finest, The Coalition of the Willing are coming to a town near you and accepting new members at every turn.