About “East End Sojourn”
East End Sojourn named one of 2014’s top 50 jazz albums by JazzWeek!
The Verve Jazz Ensemble burst onto the jazz scene with their debut release, It’s About Time, soaring up the jazz radio charts to the #5 slot and earning considerable critical kudos along the way.
East End Sojourn, the band’s follow-up to their debut album, delivered just what VJE fans in the US, Brazil, Japan and Europe were hoping for: another swinging collection of signature sounds that has earned the VJE a rapidly growing, loyal following worldwide. Hitting #8 on the US national jazz radio JazzWeek charts in May and June 2014, and placing #41 on the top 100 albums of 2014 by JazzWeek, East End Sojourn is being hailed as a “swinging, bopping masterpiece,” by Midwest Record, and “one of the best jazz albums of the year” by Capital Community News.
This time out, the band has broadened its musical roster with special guest guitarist Peter Bernstein, who joins on three tunes, together with the VJE’s Jon Blanck (tenor sax), Tatum Greenblatt (trumpet), Steve Einerson and Matt Ostereicher (sharing piano duties), Elias Bailey (bass), and Josh Feldstein (drummer and VJE leader).
East End Sojourn kicks off with a dynamic arrangement of Horace Silver’s “Sister Sadie,” worked out by Jon Blanck, who contributed arrangements to four of the album’s nine tracks. Blanck’s driving tenor along with some soaring solos by trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt are backed by a sizzling rhythm section propelled by Josh on drums.