This self-released album by The Levin Brothers is not a MoonJune Records release. For all booking inquiries about LEVIN BROTHERS, PETE LEVIN, STICK MEN, please e-mail MoonJune Music. Promos to qualified reviewers and radio deejays, only available for now in digital format.
The Levin Brothers‘ 2014 self-titled debut release was a long overdue first album by two brothers who’ve been recording individually for … well, a lot of years! It was a return home to the music they first shared as kids, the ‘cool jazz’ of the 1950’s. After decades of making dozens of solo albums and hundreds as sidemen for other artists, ‘Levin Brothers’ was the first duo project they started together from the scratch. It was a labor of love to compose melody-based pieces in that ’50s style, and perform them with the chemistry of musicians who play like …like brothers! For the album and the live band, Pete and Tony recruited two friends, saxophonist Erik Lawrence and drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel. In the studio and live they wear suits and ties, part of immersing themselves in the genre.
In preparation for the original release, the Levins contacted a prominent Jazz manager to help them navigate today’s market. Tony recalls, “When the manager saw the album cover, he said, ‘this screams jazz!’, we looked at each other and thought, ‘great!’, but the manager said, ‘no, no, that’s terrible! that’s the worst thing you can do! Nowadays you have NOT to look like a jazz group.’ We were shocked! That’s a bizarre concept for the music industry, but it’s funny to us. We’re thinking, “if it screams jazz, no problem!’ We’re proud of that, still are!
The Levin Brothers band first hit the road in 2015. Their second tour, in 2017, kicked off with three weeks in South America, then back home to the USA: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, upstate New York, finishing up in New York City. When they returned from South America, the band was “hot”. So they arranged to have three of their live gigs recorded. This album is the result, eleven of their favorite pieces recorded at three of their shows. Special thanks go to engineer Robert Frazza, and to Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune Music who makes these live gigs possible.
Recorded live by Robert Frazza during the North-American leg of Levin Brothers Tour 2017: March 30, Natick, MA (Natick Center For The Arts); March 31, Schenectady NY (The Van Dyck Lounge); April 1, Rochester, NY (Lovin’ Cup).
Since graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Tony Levin has become bass and Chapman Stick voice for Peter Gabriel and King Crimson. he has played on notable recordings for John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Carly Simon, and many others, as ell jazz artists Buddy Rich, Gary Burton and Chuck Mangione. He currently records and tours with Stick Men, King Crimson and Peter Gabriel.
After graduating from the Juilliard School, Pete Levin became a synthesizer specialist in the New York City recording studio scene. Over the years, he has graced hundreds of jazz and pop recordings and performances with many artists, including Gil Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, David Sanborn, Annie Lennox, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, Lenny White and Paul Simon. he has released nine solo albums.
Erik Lawrence is a longtime member of Levon helm’s Midnight Ramble Band. His innovative band Hipmotism features Sex Mob’s slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein. Equally proficient on flute and saxophone, Erik’s career as a sideman has included work with Buddy Miles, Chico Hamilton, Joan Osborne, Little Feat and The Spin Doctors..
A veteran of the New York Jazz scene, Jeff ‘Siege’ Siegel has worked with a virtual who’s-who of jazz artists. A member of Sir Roland Hanna’s Trio from 1994-1999, Jeff has performed and recorded with Jazz legends including Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Lee Shaw, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Helen Merrill and Mose Allison.
Catch The Levin Brothers band live in 2018:
Tuesday January 2 – Kennett Square, PA (Kennett Flash)
Wednesday January 3 – Vienna, VA (Jammin’ Java)
Thusday January 4 – Annapolis, MD (Ramshead)
Friday January 5 – New Hope, PA (Havana)
Saturday January 6 – Montclair, NJ (Trumpets)**
Sunday January 7 – Woodstock, NY (The Colony)
Thursday January 18 – Tokyo, Japan (Blues Alley)
Friday January 19 – Yokohama, Japan (Motion Blue)
Saturday January 20 – Nagoya, Japan (Star Eyes)
Monday January 22 – Osaka, Japan (Banana Hall) ** NEW DATE. There is no New York City gig anymore at The iridium.
If You missed PETE LEVIN‘s recent solo album Möbius featuring LENNY WHITE, TONY LEVIN, ALEX FOSTER, JEFF CIAMPA, CHRIS PASIN, NANNY ASSIS and a few special guests, You better check it again!
MoonJune Records announces SLIVOVITZ – LiveR January 2018 release Available in HD 24/88.2 • CD • LP 180 grams vinyl Ready to ship on December 7 !!!
Dear Friends in Music
Please welcome the fourth album of the progressive jazz-rock group from Napoli, Italy – SLIVOVITZ on MoonJune Records. The album is available in multiple formats: HD Download (24bit/88.2khz WAV, FLAC, M4A, MP3-320) and CD (rigid cardboard Mini LP gatefold style packaging, on MoonJune, in collaboration with Audio Anatomy, Poland) and LP – 180 gram vinyl (released in a limited quantity on the Italian vinyl only label SoundFly).
Recorded live in Milan, Italy, in May of 2016, “LiveR” showcases the eccentric Italian maestros at their collective best – playful, daring and just having fun! Some of their most potent material to date (primarily from their heralded 2011 release, “Bani Ahead” and 2016’s delectable “All You Can Eat“) is revisited in truly refreshing style: uninhibited, lively, but still with their decidedly tight synchronicity and intuitive interplay as a unit. Brilliant individual moments abound, with many songs extending well beyond their previously-established studio confines: affording soloists the opportunity to really step out and shine, while harmonic and rhythmic potentials are explored with playful delight by an always-adventurous rhythm section, steadily smoldering in the background.
While many live albums may come across as merely a rehash or an attempted recapturing of some previous musical magic, from the opening frame it’s apparent that Slivovitz is completely engaged in the material — showcasing both their collective and individual brilliance and ambition, while continuing to push the bounds of each song’s structural and harmonic blueprints. This album roars with intensity, while serving as a testimony to the intrepidity and unfettered spirit of adventure which make this band one of progressive music’s most unique, innovative collective entities.
“LiveR” is a merry frolic; a wonderfully vibrant live recording (enhanced by excellent production) which continues to grows on you with repeated listenings … delightful, essential ear candy!
All original tune except a great cover of Nirvana’s seminal tune Negative Creep.
SLIVOVITZ are: PIETRO SANTANGELO tenor saxophone MARCELLO GIANNINI guitars DEREK DI PERRI harmonica CIRO RICCARDI trumpet RICCARDO VILLARI electric violin VINCENZO LAMAGNA bass SALVATORE RAINONE drums
Influences: Napoli Centrale, Snarky Puppy, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, Soft Machine, John Zorn, Goran Bregovic, la vera pizza napoletana, caffe espresso, and above all “slivovitz”!
“To call them a progressive gypsy mélange of free-form exotica is only hinting at their greatness. Jazz-rock fusion is much too mundane an appellation for these musical weirdos.” – Mike Greenblatt, Classicalite Magazine (USA)
“Freely grabbing inspiration from all manner of styles, the Neapolitan band Slivovitz functions as a high- efficiency musical omnivore, digesting and reworking different aspects of seemingly disparate raw materials into a seamless, organic whole.” – Dave Wayne, All About Jazz (USA)
“One of the unique flavors that makes Slivovitz stand out is their Klezmer and Balkan influences. The integration of all these styles is so smooth and perfectly fitting, you simply don’t notice some of them. It’s the genius of a composer to accomplish this. Like the perfect painting that has many styles but is so marvelous that all you see is the imagine. Italy has produced so many extremely high caliber progressive bands, and Slivovitz is yet another one to add to the list. Slivovitz can cook as good as anyone I have heard, and they can slow it down and let it breathe as well. If you listen to every song, you’ll get unexpected twists and turns.” – Lee Henderson, ProgNaut (USA)
“..incredibly strong melodic sensibility that is both accessible and challenging when it needs to be… tight, punchy arrangements for a guitar and brass-dominated sound drawing on a swirling current of rock, world and fusion.” – Sid Smith, Postcards From The Yellow Room / Prog Magazine (UK)