About “East End Sojourn”
Follow-up to the VJE’s #5 debut album features special guest Peter Bernstein
Last year, 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, will again feature the signature, classic swinging sound that has earned the VJE an increasingly large and loyal US and International following. 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), Matt Ostereicher (Piano), Elias Bailey (bass), and Josh Feldstein (drummer and VJE leader).
“The new album picks up where It’s About Time left off, and also takes the band in several great new directions,” said Feldstein. “In addition to the VJE’s swing / bop / post-bop sweet spot, we feature some new grooves, exciting arrangements, and two originals on the album—together with some incredible music with Pete Bernstein on guitar. What a delight to record with him.”
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. “I wanted to solo over some high energy with a bluesy edge,” says Blanck. “When I put this arrangement together, it had to be fun.” Blanck’s driving tenor along with some soaring solos by trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt are backed by a sizzling rhythm section propelled by drummer Josh Feldstein.