So, does the name of the band signify something besides a New York area code? There is definitely a NY State of mind within the trio of Phil Palombi/eb, Eric Halvorson/dr and Matthew Fries/Rhodes. These three gents create an electric groove trio that mixes the best of 70s funk with 21st century jamming. A galactic electronic opening slides into a hip groove and bass lick on the title track, setting the pace for the session. Slinky blues pieces such as “Temple with Chair” are explorative but not self indulgent and it includes some impressive stick work by Halvorson, while strutting soul is stewed up on “Song for my Daughter.” A toe tapping tribute to Ramsey Lewis is felt on “Lewis’ Crowd” and a take of George Harrison’s “Something” includes some clever gear shifting as well as electronic effects. Viscerally attractive, but with enough thought involved to make your grey matter appreciate the album as well.
ALBUM UPDATE:  is going to send some BIG LOVE your way this summer! The test lacquers for the LP pressing are arriving this week. If approved, the next step is a test pressing. Once that is approved, the album moves into production. With any luck, we should have sexy, luscious, beautiful, HOT vinyl by June 1st. I don’t know about yous, but we can’t wait!! READ MORE
Seriously. Rockwood Music Hall. You gotta check this place out. It’s one of the hippest multi-stage venues in the world! We will be back on Stage 2 Monday night, May 1st at 11:30pm.
There is NO COVER- just a one drink minimum, but when you get there, you’ll want to have for a few drinks. We’re playing only ONE 45 minute set of new material from our soon to be release LP titled BIG LOVE.
MONDAY MAY1st – 11:30pm – ONE SET ONLY! Don’t be late!
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen St, Manhattan, NY 10002
Remember all of those crazy photos from a log cabin in the mystical fairytale land of “Up State NY?” You know, the photos in which 718 dragged an entire U-Haul full of recording gear to a cabin on a pond? No? What about the photos of the amazing recording engineer that 718 kidnapped and handcuffed to the microphone preamps- Nic Hard? Still doesn’t ring a bell? Whew! Then there’s no evidence. Oh wait, there IS the recording that we made…..
It is finally completed and “in the can” as they say. 718’s sophomore release, which is tentatively titled “BIG LOVE,” has been tracked, mixed, and mastered! Stay tuned for more information! Until then, please enjoy a few photos from the session!
Jazz Appreciation Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate musical milestones of the past. But it also ought to serve as a reminder that jazz is a vibrant art form in the current day. Here are 25 recordings released during the last few months that are well worth hearing. READ MORE
Feeeeast Your Eyeeeeeees!
For those of you who couldn’t make it, we have a consolation prize- NEW VIDEOS! We set up four HD cameras in various locations (the headstock of Phil’s bass has been the most popular so far) and had a few friends walk around with cameras. The result? Really really really nice footage!
You can check out our YouTube page at www.youtube.com/718GroovyTrio. Here’s a short cut to two new vids. There shall be more to follow!