Wed Sept. 27, 2017

Steven Bernstein & Sexmob 'Cultural Capital' (USA)

Steven Bernstein: trumpet
Briggan Krauss: alto, baritone saxophone
Tony Scherr: bass
Kenny Wollesen: drums

Cultural Capital is Sexmob's 9th album, a celebration of 20 years of making music, bringing music to the people, and survival. This project is the band's first completely self produced effort with all original compositions by Steven Bernstein and recorded at bassist Tony Scherr's apartment. Conceived as "music for music lovers" the album was originally available only from the band with no copies given to press, according to Bernstein's desire to have it be "ungoogle-able". Cultural Capital will be "officially" released in the spring of 2017, and Sexmob will tour both the US and Europe in celebration of this new project. (Pressetext)

Band name caught your eye, didn’t it? Before the Bad Plus was doing rakish pop covers in a freak-jazz format, Sex Mob had a weekly gig at the Knitting Factory. The quartet played James Bond tunes and Prince anthems and pledged no particular allegiance. Led by the trumpeter Steven Bernstein, the group is going on 20 years now and has just released its first album without any covers. All the tunes are written by Mr. Bernstein. “Valentino” hints at the album’s range: an air of studied mystique, a groove happily caught between ’70s funk and ’60s spaghetti western, and some vaguely sultry asides from Mr. Bernstein. G.R. (New York Times)