Archive for September 16th, 2009

Eric Essix and the Night Flight Big Band – Superblue

In 2000, while signed to Zebra Records, Eric Essix decided to explore the soul, R&B, gospel and country music that he grew up listening to in his home state of Alabama. It was the start of a musical journey that began with Southbound followed by Somewhere In Alabama and Birmingham on his own Essential Recordings label. Now, teamed with Birmingham jazz pianist and producer, Ray Reach, Eric offers a return to his  roots, in the straight-ahead jazz tradition of his idol, Wes Montgomery, titled Superblue – Eric Essix and the Night Flight Big Band.

The Night Flight Big Band is a powerhouse ensemble that has appeared at Ona”s Music Room in Birmingham, Alabama on most every 1st and 3rd wednesday night for the past 6 years. In this period of time, the Night Flight Big Band has played host to numerous guest artists, including saxophonist Lou Marini Jr, vibraphonist Chuck Redd, and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Mart Avant, the founder and director of the Night Flight Big Band, is also a founding member and primary contractor for The Tuscaloosa Horns, one of the nation”s finest horn sections. For more information read the liner notes at CDBaby, where the album is now released.