The Brooklyn Pizzaiolos Recording. 4 Original Song CD
The Brooklyn Pizzaiolos, Some of NYC's Finest Players, Deliver Originals Drippin Da Blues, NYC Grit, & Brooklyn Pizza Oil.
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Track listing Label: Cousin Moe Music
1) Grab A Slice Catalog # CMM003
2)The Brooklyn Pizza Blues FB Group: GrabASliceOfPizza
3) Inner Pigeon
4)Grab A Slice NYC
Songwriter/Producer Jeff Alexander, known for Johnnie Be Eighty. And Still Bad!, Johnnie Johnson's final release, & Larry Thurston's School For Fools, with Levon Helm drumming, is back. Releasing two EPs, with other projects on the way.
These aren't novelty songs. They're for real. Lyrically & musically "My songs are blues... But you can call em Brooklyn Soul."
Alexander, a native Brooklynite, has lived & worked around the United States during four of his six decades, but never lasted living outside of Brooklyn for more than three years at a stretch. Brooklyn, the modern world, & pizza inspired this project. "I'm a boomerang, I'm a homing pigeon. Brooklyn's home...This time I've been home over six years & by virtue of being here, I've done (musical) things that I wouldn't have thought of .... anywhere else."
"Since the 90s, the changes have been.....An avalanche that hasn't ended. Change is inevitable, and almost all that's left of old, real NYC are the bona fide NYers that are still here. And some great pizza. Today, a great pizza parlor is a sanctuary. Thinking about that, I wrote songs about pizza. My songs cover life all over the modern world, life in NYC today, pizza's place in the world, & pizza's place in NYC, past & present."
"Pizza mighta came here from Italy. but it got baptized and bar mitzvahed in Brooklyn," "When NYers want to eat pizza, we say Let's go grab a slice. So I wrote Grab A Slice NYC." Almost everyone everywhere loves pizza, so I wrote a universal version, just Grab A Slice." Brooklyn Pizza Blues is a song anyone who's lost things they love can relate to. Inner Pigeon- the first verse covers Alexander's meeting his Inner Pigeon, and goes from there.
Alexander assembled a band of aces, and recorded them live, and Maria Muldaur's vocal at Chris Anderson's Nevessa Studios in Woodstock NY. La Rita Gaskins' vocals were recorded & the tracks mixed by Dave Cook at his studio in neighboring Saugerties. Alan Silverman, who has mastered 19 Grammy winners, mastered in his Aerial Sound Studio in Manhattan..
Kenny Aaronson: Bass. A Brooklyn native, toured &/or recorded w/ Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Brian Setzer, Rick Derringer, Billy Idol, Hall & Oates Stories, Leslie West, Mick Taylor, Edgar Winter, Dave Edmunds...
Eric Parker: Drums. Has toured & recorded with Joe Cocker, Orleans, Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Ian Hunter, Cornell Dupree, Mick Taylor....
Arthur Neilson: Guitars. A Queens native & longtime Brooklyn resident. Artists Arthur has toured & recorded with include Shemekia Copeland (20 years), Blue Angel ( with Cyndi Lauper), Vanessa Collier, Benny Mardones, Felix & the Havanas, & Arthur has solo work of his own. Arthur has been a cornerstone of this & several recording projects of Alexander's, released, in the can, not yet released.
La Rita Gaskins: Vocals. Artists La Rita has recorded & performed with include Aretha Franklin, Debbie Harry, Steve Forbert, Debbie Gibson. Vanessa Wlliams. Walter Duda. The Broadway Inspirational Voices. La Rita was on Alexander's Larry Thurston: School For Fools project & some other projects he has in the can, but hasn't yet released. La Rita is an astonishingly great vocal performer.
Maria Muldaur: Vocal. Known worldwide for her mid 70s hit Midnight At The Oasis, Maria is one of the iconic NYC native vocalists of the 60s and 70s. Maria has had an amazing career in folk, blues,& pop music. Maria started as member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, has been a solo artist since the 70s, released over 40 records, & still records & performs regularly.
This recording contains Alexander's love songs to pizza, but they're also SOME of his love songs to Brooklyn, New York City, Brooklynites and all NYers. But it's far more than that. It is blues, it's American music, and it's relatable.
This EP is the tip of the iceberg of a full 360 project. The Brooklyn Pizzaiolos act & Grab A Slice clothing are branded, and aside from this EP, there's more music galore.