There’s a joyous veteran New York City rocker revival going on in downtown joints such as the Side Walk and Bowery Electric, however there are players and then there are the “players!” Helmed by Haystacks Balboa brethren – guitarist Mark Mayo and bassist Mark Polott – Urban Blue skillfully remind the sentimental stretch jean motley and their all ages audiences that there’s a lot more to the gig than John Varvatos / Ed Hardy / Trash & Vaudeville gear, Sy Sperling, and three chords!
These cats, abetted by sax colossus Lars Haake, and renown drummer / master storyteller Dave Donen (Chuck Berry, Carillo, Slim Harpo, Tim Hardin, Pat Benatar, The Lenny Kaye Connection to cite a very select few), traverse jazz, soul, pop, hard rock, and rhythm & blues with expertise and authenticity borne of experience http://bit.ly/2D7clyH .
Refreshing to attend a show or spin sides wherein every song is different – yet it’s the same band!
Don’t let Polott fool you, a humble gent off the bandstand, once Donen cracks the backbeat, the bass player is cooking in the pocket - plying glissandos, double stops, countermelodies, solo breaks, and grooves on his crisp, resonant Sadowsky Jazz.
The best “players” always make it look easy – great songs, top-notch ensemble musicianship - woe to the band that follows Urban Blue on the gig!