Boardwalk & Brownstone


 

Boardwalk & Brownstone
by Robert Mosci


   When I first started planning for the recording of Boardwalk & Brownstone, I aimed at finding some of the material closest to my musical heart.
   Having grown up listening to groups like The Beatles and Traffic, as well as artists like Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, and Dionne Warwick, I thought that it might be a gas to find and write songs that reflected some of those favorites.
   The cover songs that I've ultimately chosen for inclusion on the CD represent a cross section of influences that have shaped my long term musical tastes. The Circle Game, For No One, and Unchain My Heart in particular are just such classics. Other tunes included are chestnuts that I've run across and cherished, and thought that I would like to try and put my own spin on. Smoke, Smoke, Smoke and The Girl From NYC are examples.
   My original compositions cover subject matter ranging from friendship lost (Kathleen), to my native town (New York City), to love and relationships (Make My Way).
   As always, the supporting cast members on Boardwalk & Brownstone were nothing short of superb. Musicians that have recorded with me on my previous CDs (and played in many live performances) are represented, including Ray Bruce (drums), Jeff Lopez (bass), Allen Won (saxes), Erik Lawrence (saxes) and Spank (vocals). Check out Allen's soprano sax on A Day In the Life Of A Fool, and Erik's plaintiff alto on For No One. They are augmented by some new names and faces, with sublimely tasteful playing and singing by Ingrid Michaelson (vocals), Mickey the Hat (vocals), Rick Howard (guitars), Randy Singer (harmonica) and Wayne Batchelor (bass), among others.
   Boardwalk & Brownstone is a bit of a departure from some of my earlier, more standards/jazz based CDs. I do hope that you enjoy listening to it as much as we did recording it.

Robert Mosci

 











New York City based singer/pianist Robert Mosci's 5th release on Zographia Records is called Boardwalk & Brownstone. It includes 11 songs, 3 new Mosci originals and 8 classic pop tunes.
 
The CD features the smooth singing pianist at his vocal best, blending elements of pop, r&b, folk-rock, and jazz. Special guest AAA charting Ingrid Michaelson, and superb backing by an all-star group of NYC musicians (including Erik Lawrence - Levon Helm Band), round out the package.
 
The Mosci originals are complemented by a tasty array of tunes, including material by Bachrach & David, Ray Charles, Lennon & McCartney and Joni Mitchell. The performances are embellished throughout with fine solos by the varied accompanists.

 

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1. Are You There (With Another Guy)
            (B. Bacharach, H. David)

2. Kathleen
            (R. Mosci)

3. Unchain My Heart
            (B. Sharp, T. Powell)

4. New York City
            (R. Mosci)

5. The Circle Game
            (J. Mitchell)

6. Smoke Smoke Smoke (That Cigarette)
            (M. Travis, T. Williams)

7. For No One
            (J. Lennon, P. McCartney)

8. A Day In The Life Of A Fool
            (L. Bonfa, A Maria, V. De Moraes, C. Sigman)

9. Make My Way (Back To You)
            (R. Mosci)

10. The Girl From New York City
            (J. Taylor, G. Davis)

11.The Twelfth Of Never
            (J. Livingston, P. Webster)




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