Helmed by veteran producer Matt Pierson, recorded at legendary Sear Sound, and supported by a host of consummate musicians, HEREAFTER contains eight originals and four covers infused with a bluesy, earthy vibe that alternately soothes and sermonizes with a side of wry gravy and a proper dollop of Big Easy-style funk. Meditative moments include “Wash My Soul”, an elegy to the sea, “Wandering Home”, an allegorical tale of self-discovery, and the healing simplicity of “Only Love”. On the flipside the BBQ blazes with fat-poppin’ foot-stompers like “God Is In The Blues”, “Ready”, and the folksy funk of title track “Hereafter”, that opens with “Well I dreamed I went to heaven to my final resting place, I found Jesus on the saxophone and God was thumpin’ bass”. Lowdown noiresque minor-key blues “A Man’s Woman” fogs up the mirror while “Don’t Get Me Started” confesses an unstoppable jones for making music that calls to mind the groovy soul of Marvin Gaye. Cover-wise, inventive ballad versions of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain” and Stevie Wonder’s “Until You Come Back To Me” are standouts, as well as knowing nods to Michael Franks’ “Jive”, and mentor Jon Hendricks’ comic ode to oenophiles “Gimme That Wine”.
HEREAFTER features a killer band comprised of Kevin Hays (piano/keyboards), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Tony Scherr (bass), Kenny Wollesen (drums), Seamus Blake (sax), Andy Snitzer (sax), Bashiri Johnson (percussion), Ray Angry (Hammond organ), David Mann (keyboard/flute) and Shayna Steele (background vocals).
He has a true gift for writing. The lyrics seem to come to him naturally.”
— DAVID “FATHEAD” NEWMAN (saxophonist)
“You are jazz!”
— WYNTON MARSALIS (trumpeter)
“Anybody interested in real jazz singing, go see this cat!”
—JON HENDRICKS, (vocals)