Label: Planet Arts Records
Smile; Cucumber Slumber; Hip-Hug-Her; Ode To Billie Joe; First Time On A Ferris Wheel; Dance of the Coal Cars; Mad Dog; Rainbow Connection; I’ve Got To Use My Imagination; Theme From Law and Order; This City Never Sleeps; Smile
Additional Personnel / Information
Bill Warfield: leader, arranger, trumpet, flugelhorn Jane Stuart: vocals (tracks 4,5 and 9) John Eckert: trumpet, flugelhorn Andrew Gould: alto sax, flute Dave Riekenberg: tenor sax, baritone sax, flute, clarinet Matt Hong: baritone sax, alto sax, flute Blue Lou Marini: tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, clarinet Matt Chertkoff: guitar Cecilia Coleman: piano Paul Shaffer: Hammond B-3 organ, Fender Rhodes electric piano Steve Count: electric and acoustic bass Scott Neumann: drums Julie Michels track 1, Carolyn Leonhart track 8: guest vocalists
The Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra is a group of New York City Jazz and Studio musicians directed by trumpeter, composer, arranger Bill Warfield. Their goal is to produce a brand of music that defies boundaries. The HKFO accomplishes just that in a big way on their second recording, a new Planet Arts Network release entitled "Smile ". Release date: June 5th.
The groups first release " Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" on the Blujazz label was the "maiden voyage" for this band. It was chosen by Downbeat as the Editors Pick of the Month in August 2015. Reviewer Bobby Reed observed that the band "offers some tracks that would be irrefutable additions to a party mix" while also saying "but that doesn't mean the music lacks complexity". And that "sometimes it takes a highly intelligent musician to propel you onto the dance floor".
Their new album "Smile" features many of the musicians from the first album but added to the mix are Jane Stuart on vocals, Cecilia Coleman on piano, Matt Chertkoff on guitar and Matt Hong on reeds. The spirit of the first recording remains but with the addition of three years they have used to define their sound.
For the new recording the band is also joined by Bill's longtime friend, Blue Lou Marini on woodwinds and the one and only Paul Shaffer on Hammond B3 and electric piano as well as guest vocalists, Carolyn Leonhart and Julie Michels.
"Smile" will be released on June 5, 2020 (Planet Arts Network). Be on the lookout for it. The group always comes through, performing compositions and arrangements born out of the genres of funk, contemporary music, hard-bop and Latin jazz while embracing the varied backgrounds and experiences of its members. Audiences are treated to high-powered contemporary music that communicates, transcends and inspires.
- Smile by Jack Bowers