Herb Alpert has shaped my musical life at three important moments: as a young boy first falling in love with music, as an A&R executive entrusted with a piece of his legacy, and today as I am named Artistic Director for his Los Angeles music venue, Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz.
I spent my childhood on the A&M Records lot — an 80,000 sq. foot former orange grove in Hollywood originally owned by Charlie Chaplin. It was built as his film studio, then purchased in 1967 by the young trumpet player and his business partner, Jerry Moss. My father had offices at A&M next door to Quincy Jones. I snuck into recording sessions, execs’ offices, and every other corner of this musical playground.
Many years later, Herb would reappear in my life when I was given the honor of overseeing the re-release of his 1960s A&M Tijuana Brass recordings which included a new remix album of his seminal Whipped Cream & Other Delights. Herb was generous enough to invite me onto The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to play alongside him and Ozomatli.
Thirteen years ago, Herb and his daughter, Eden, opened their jazz club, Vibrato Grill Jazz, at the top of Mulholland Drive. In 2015, they invited me to bring blues to the room for the first time. I have also sat many nights in the audience learning from masters just as I did on the A&M lot as a kid.
I’m so thrilled to be entrusted with another piece of Herb’s legacy. Vibrato gives me another playground to explore my continuing passion of bringing good music and good food together. It’s another platform to keep vital American music alive on the world class stage one show at a time.
Thanks to Herb, Eden, and the entire Vibrato staff. Thanks to all of the musicians who have come through the room and who will soon play for the first time. May all of our 2017 be filled and fueled with music.
"The Reverend Shawn Amos, a showman not to be missed, and if I can rely on my gut feeling we will see this guy really going to encounter the upcoming festival season. The Reverend Shawn Amos is a stage sensation."
I am totally in the blues after this set [by Lance Canales] and that feeling continues with The Reverend Shawn Amos. Shawn Amos is from New York; nowadays he lives in Hollywood. He has played with none other than Solomon Burke, Mark Olson and The Blind Boys of Alabama. He learnt the trade from his mother who was a famous night club singer. What a tight and exhilarating show, fantastic! With his mouth harp and voice channeled through a vintage microphone, he totally captivates the hall. At a certain time he leaves the stage and continues his wonderful show in the middle of the crowd. There are a number of covers in addition to his own work, such as David Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” and Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz”. A super performance, make sure you see them again in the near future.
A glowing review of The Rev's debut European show from writer, Chris Bernasco at 3voor12.
The Rev plays November 4 at France's premiere blues festival, Blues sur Seine. Watch video below for the full festival lineup (The Rev appears at the 7:35 mark).
"We are living in difficult times, but if you're looking for a break from the heavy news headlines, music could be the answer.
Shawn Amos plays the blues. He's also the son of Wallace Amos — you might know him for his Famous Amos cookies."
Click here to listen to full interview and see transcript.
"If the 'Reverend' ever comes to the lowlands I think every blues-loving fan needs to go..."
Read entire review (in Dutch) here on page 6.
I get right from the beginning that curious sensation to the next song about me, so a good start. The whole album is a mix of 'blue' to 'happy', where you happy do not get the feeling that each song will start with "When I woke up this morning," but every time reflects an approximation of various styles. Personally I find it a pleasant listen mix of classic blues-roots, here and there a touch of Cajun, interspersed with the more solid forms. It is especially good for a flexible state of mind. The necessary ingredients, such as slide guitar, harmonica, cute bladder parties, sax, humming backings, etc. ... features the album and certainly not negligible: that cute contribution of the Blind Boys of Alabama and Missy Andersen. Black religious roots lie mainly in the first song "Days of Depression", a not too pronounced three-chord blues that southern black who regularly addressed in gospel. This also applies to "The Last Day I'm Loving You." "Brand New Man", seeking the generated up-beat tempo, supported by the uweelheid of a Fender guitar. Very definitely tastes. "Boogie", is what tells all about the song title; Substance but simply to the presence of the e shuffling and a nice contribution of a mystical harmonica sound, which in this issue, however, provides the only depth. "Brothers Keeper," seems to me a little too much "black" lost, and leans more towards the average, later blues styles. It must certainly belong, this individual does not interfere in the main line of the album. When "You're Gonna Miss Me" and "Put Together", I hear the overtone (or call it previously abundance) of distortion, haunting guitar sound and that's not really my personal thing, but no less pleasant, even spicy but especially contrasting with respect to the first issue. It reminds me of party blues, fun wegdansers. "Joliet Bound", "Will You Be Mine" and "Hollywood Blues" then get back that little bit rawer approach which provides a good variety in the album. "Outlaw" and "Bright Lights Big City" are classics that restore equally attentive to me.
The dial so disturbs not, there is no excess, rather a balance, although I feel a "commercial" balance, but it is collected in a nice way; a well-prepared work that clearly has been thought.
If the 'Reverend' ever comes to the lowlands I think every blues-loving fan needs to go, but also on the CD, he / she will enjoy. Live and CD are two values or the same effort.
AIR DATES: June 11-12, 2016
STREAM DATES: June 17-23, 2016
From The BluesMobile.com:
HOUR 1: REVEREND SHAWN AMOS
Elwood will church you on the blues with the Reverend Al Green, the Reverend Gary Davis (real preachers), the Reverend Horton Heat, and The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (reverends only to their musical flock). Then he spends some time with the Reverend Shawn Amos, respected LA music producer turned bluesman. He will introduce you to Kitchen Table Blues, a genre all his own, live in the Bluesmobile! Plus Solomon Burke (also a real preacher) and brand new music from Eric Clapton, who is God. Some say.