The Blue Note Review

Hey guys.. I know this is kinda late, but check this out. The review below was submitted by our buddy Marshall Shepardson. Marshall, whom I consider to be a real music buff, has been hanging out with us since the days of our first band 'VIVID' and is one of our most supportive & loyal friends. Thank you Marshall for the beautiful words and for always coming out! I also wanna thank Christian for having us at the Blue Note, my sister Sybil for contributing pictures from the show (more in the gallery), and our most awesome band! ..And if you haven't heard, Jenny just left to go on the road with pop artist Pink, go jen (she's my idol)!! So get out to a show and show her some love :) ALBRIGHT PLAYS THE BLUE NOTE, SEPTEMBER 1st, 2006 "It was raining, and well past midnight in New York’s Greenwich Village, and a crowd was gathered in the city’s premiere jazz venue. But, rather than the detached coolness you might expect at an event called the “Blue Note Late Night Groove Series,” the feeling at Albright’s second full-length show was as warm as a hearth-heated family reunion. Fans of all the many projects, side-projects, and collaborations of the impossibly prolific Vivian Sessoms and Chris Parks had gathered to hear the duo take center stage. And, as you might expect, the crowd was as varied as Albright’s influences: from dapperly-clad night-outers down to your studiedly grungy village hipsters. Apparently unaware of her own genre-transcending magnetism, Vivian was as always the consummately humble superstar, insistent upon plugging every album in the folk-soul indieverse, except her band’s own long-awaited “Sunny One Day.” Of course, nothing could sell Albright’s upcoming album better than the songs: from the shuffling bump of “A Day in the Park” to the wrenching soul of “Heroin,” each of Albright’s songs is an exquisite groove, subtly girded by dramatic storytelling. In addition to the band’s own gems, they also put their unique soul-rock twist on a handful of grateful classics, like Soft Cell’s/Slum Village “Tainted Love,” Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough” and Gnarls Barkley’s instaclassic, “Crazy.” Tonight’s surprise gem was a haunting rendition of Roberta Flack’s rarity, “25th of Last December”, and in its discriminating diversity, Albright’s repertoire comprised an unmistakable vision: at once darkly daring, and luminously hopeful. It’s music that acknowledges that things may not be perpetually sunny, but that always something bright waits beyond the horizon." Marshall Shepardson-- thanks for reading..