|Location: Cleveland, OH, USA
|Description: Rare Blend is a quartet from the Cleveland area pulling from a variety of influences and musical styles from jazz to progressive rock, to world music.
|Biography: Rare Blend is where rock, jazz, fusion, and world music collide! This statement definitively sums up the instrumental music group, home based in Cleveland Ohio, and now in their 12th year. Theirs is a journey that started during the independent music revolution, and that has no intention of slowing down.
Pulling from a variety of influences and musical styles to write unique instrumental arrangements, Rare Blend's music appeals to purists as well as those who embrace a progressive multi-genre approach to original music. They continue to receive favorable press reviews, radio airplay, perform at a variety of concerts and outdoor festivals, and have been invited to be included on regional and national compilation discs. Because of their diversity and growing catalog of music, Rare Blend can be found performing on bills that range from Jazz to jam band, fusion to progressive rock. They have shared bills or have opened for the likes of David Sanborn, Special EFX, Tunnels, Dark Star Orchestra, Kevin Eubanks, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Spyro Gyra, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, Los Lobos, and others...
Rare Blend's new Disc "Stops Along The Way" took the band on the road metaphorically, with the disc chronicling their travels in 13 compositions. Each piece is rich in personality and instrumentation. Many are structured pieces but the disc also introduces 3 “live” improvisation tracks, and 2 vocal tracks that echo our universal connection.
Musicians involved with ‘Stops Along The Way’ are:
Vic Samalot ~ Guitar Bobbi Holt ~ Keyboards, Vocals Jeffrey Scott ~ Bass Vince Broncaccio ~ Drums & Percussion Paul Stranahan ~ Drums Gabe O’Brien ~ Percussion
Rare Blend is a very seasoned group from the Cleveland, Ohio area. "Stops Along The Way" is what I would call a jazz/fusion jam band album. I have heard a lot of mixed feelings about jam bands but when it sounds good you can’t deny that the players know what they are doing. (Jimmy Caterine / Guitarnoise.com - Canada)
"Stops Along the Way" is for those who prefer to take their time and sightsee. It’s meant for those who stop to smell the roses each time and also appreciate every detail. The performance of these musicians is extremely patient, giving the listener a chance to process each piece and suck it all in. (Joshua Turner / Upbeat and More - Milwaukee, WI)
"Stops Along The Way" is Rare Blend's most efficient recording. The songs naturally jump genres while traveling through an aural landscape that's filled with songs that pretty much fit their titles. (Michael Gallucci / Scene Magazine - Cleveland, OH)
Wonderful compilation of tracks. I have been waiting for this release (SATW) since the announcement of a new project was in the works. Get this one, and then you're hooked. You'll get the other three, like I did. (Larry Thomas - Rare Blend Fan)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rare Blend Releases Progressive-Rock-Jazz Fusion Masterpiece
Cleveland, Ohio - April 29, 2006 Cleveland is the home to the birth of rock and roll, the music hall of fame, and countless bands that have left their mark on the history of music. Rare Blend follows in those footsteps with music that engages and reawakens your senses. They offer a listener an entire range of flavors ranging from progressive rock, jazz, jazz-rock-fusion, and any combination thereof, primarily in the form of instrumentals.
Rare Blend is Vic Samalot (guitar), Bobbi Holt (keyboards, vocals), Jeffrey Scott (bass), Vince Broncaccio (drums & percussion), Paul Stranahan (drums), and Gabe OBrien (percussion). They recently released their fourth studio album entitled Stops Along The Way. It picks up where their previous release Evolution Theory left off. The recording features a marvelous fusion of jazz, rock, and progressive, mixed with different atmospheres and moods, making for a complete triumph musically and technically.
Rare Blend continues to receive positive reviews for their work and can be found performing on bills that range from jazz, jam band, fusion, and progressive rock. They have shared bills or have opened for the likes of David Sanborn, Special EFX, Tunnels, Dark Star Orchestra, Kevin Eubanks, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Spyro Gyra, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, and Los Lobos.
Stops Along The Way is sure to garner the respect of their highly esteemed peers and continue to establish a strong presence for the band. They certainly will be welcomed time again to play with the best in their genre and their fan base will continually to grow because of their quality studio recordings and live performances. This is one album that you cannot miss-it should to be on your Top 10 list for 2006 if you are a progressive rock enthusiast.
Rare Blend / TSM Productions
PO Box 609105
Cleveland, OH 44109 USA
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