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Thanks to The Riverfront Times and Roy Kasten for the kind words. It's an honor to be included in this list!
Kevin Bowers will be performing this summer @ Whitaker Music Festival - missouri botanical garden in St. louis on July 19. Mark your calendars. See you there!
THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to our performances @ Jazz at the bistro. It was truly a magical weekend.
Nova - One of The 10 Best St. Louis Albums of 2016 by Christian Schaeffer and the Riverfront Times
PRI's The World : NPR is now spinning "Imagination Voodoo" from the new album, Nova.
Nova is Available NOW @ SELECT STORES & ONLINE
According to Kevin Bowers...from The Huffington Post
“’Ground Motion’ is a chant song combining both Brazilian and African drumming. I am aiming for something primitive full of color and vigor for the body and soul. There is no movement without rhythm, and my intentions are to get people to move and make them feel more alive.”
"Nova is an easy to listen to collection of lounge and romantic songs with a Brazilian and Latin flavor." - World Music Central.org
"Bowers, whose skill as a drummer has placed him behind the kit in a number of rock, jazz and blues outfits around town, has made a marvel of a record with Nova, pulling from a years-long fascination with Brazilian music ranging from gentle bossa nova to psych-friendly tropicalia to blistering batucada." - Riverfront Times
“The airy bossa nova track features dueling male/female vocals which gives it a bit of “The Girl from Ipanema”-feel.” - Surviving The Golden Age
“He reaches for the sweet, slightly lush sound of Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, complete with nylon-stringed guitar, airy-voiced flute and equally airy-voiced female duet partner.” - My Spilt Milk
"The songs form a loose narrative, sweeping the listener along in a raptuous saga. Highly recommended!" - Midwest Book Review
Michael Aguirre - vocals
Kevin Bachmann - electric bass
Tony Barbata - percussion & drum kit
Kevin Bowers - drums & percussion, acoustic guitar
Zebadiah Briskovich - upright & electric bass
Paige Brubeck - vocals
Erminie Cannon - vocals
Aaron Chandler - trombone
Andy Coco - vocals
Dave Grelle - piano, electric piano, keyboards, vocals
Jimmy Griffin - vocals, electric & acoustic guitar, 12-string electric guitar
Jordan Heimburger - nylon-string guitar, electric & acoustic guitar
Nathan Hershey - vocals
Adam Hucke - trumpet, piccolo trumpet, French Horn
Ben Reece - flute, tenor sax, clarinet, baritone sax, recorder
Andy Shadburne - vocals
Nova is the soundtrack to a movie starring Fred Astaire and Lena Horne, directed by Federico Fellini. (Which is a strong contender for the best movie never made.) It’s the kind of record, at least, you make as one of St. Louis’ most respected drummers, featured in Modern Drummer, fresh from releasing a well-received album with soul-punk band The Feed and then lately inspired by a deep & deepening trip through Spain. In other words, it’s intoxicating, it’s invigorating, it’s joyous. Like Kevin Bowers himself, it knows why secrets are whispered. And how to throw a party.
Kevin’s sketch of Spain is the story of two lovers meeting near the Mediterranean Sea. Lyrically, it’s visual, concise, reminiscing. Sonically, it’s expansive, layered, ranging over Latin America and Africa. Brazilian samba, psychedelic rock, solo drum pieces—all find expression in 12 songs attuned to the rhythms of romance and percussive because that’s what love is. The leap forward in songcraft is as much personal as artistic. Nova is not only what a drummer at heart makes but also a genre-hopping composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. This time out, Bowers focused on arranging material for others to sing (unlike his previous two solo releases, My Love Is Yours and Nine Story Building, where he was the lead vocalist). It was a decision—one he made early on—that guided the tones and textures of the songs themselves: restless, innovative and entirely right for the record. They mean to transport you to a better and exciting place, and they do.
Nova also has the distinction of gathering some of the finest rock, blues and jazz musicians (and friends) in St. Louis. Together, they manage to croon like Tony Bennett, pop like Sergio Mendes and pulse like the Beatles at their trippiest. This is music that must be performed and heard live, and Kevin is looking forward to just that.
Nova is available now at select stores and online.
JULY 19, 2017 @ WHITAKER MUSIC FESTIVAL - MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN ** ST. LOUIS, MO 7:30 PM
May 5, 2017 @ Jazz at the bistro ** St. Louis, MO 7:30 & 9:30 pm
may 6, 2017 @ jazz at the bistro ** st. louis, mo 7:30 & 9:30 pm
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