July 13, 2013

The Brighton Beat: Live At The Bean Runner

Afro-beat big band The Brighton Beat can sound really quiet considering the number of people on stage. The fice mellow tracks on Live At The Bean Runner, recorded in Peekskill, NY, are allowed to develop organically. Kicking off wiht a cover of Fela Kuti's Dog Eat Dog theyslip into Giraffe, one of the stand-out tracks from The Brighton Beat LP, throwing quite a few hat tips to the Supertramp classic Bloody Well Right.

Live At The Bean Runner is a mellow album as a whole, flowing gently but picking up up speed every now an then when it looks that they have painted themselves into a corner. Jazz comes to the rescue in Loose Cannon and they end the album on a high note with great percussion and keyboards interplay, a loud guitar solo and a good ol' sax battle during Big Top.

The Brighton Beat: The Brighton Beat LP

The Brighton Beat:
Jon Bean: tenor Sax
Mark Zaleski: alto/soprano/bari Sax
Mark Cocheo: guitar
Zach Kamins: keyboards/Organs
Ryan Hinchey: Bass
Sammy Wags: drums
Ryan Nava: shekere
Greg Schettino: congas/blocks

Live At The Bean Runner is a self-released album. Buy it (pay-what-you-want) from the band's website.

Tracks:
  1. Dog Eat Dog
  2. Giraffe
  3. Loose Cannon
  4. Indian Summer
  5. Big Top

They are on the road, and will perform songs from their upcoming studio release Off We Go.

Live dates:
  • 07/13 Church of Boston, Boston, MA
  • 07/18 Spike Hill, Brooklyn, NY
  • 07/31 Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY
  • 08/09 Spike Hill, Brooklyn, NY
  • 08/17 Shrine, New York, NY
  • 08/25 Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY

» thebrightonbeat.com

HCTF review of The Brighton Beat LP.

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