Together again- for the first time; that could also be the title of this album. Dave Albert and Brian Hobbs have been best friends since 7th grade when they met in the band program under Scott C. Callaway. They formed their own jazz group and started performing concerts of original songs when they were 17 and were also roommates at the Berklee College of Music. This first album is a dream come true. You can listen to samples and order the CD at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alberthobbsbigband. It is also available in Elizabeth City, NC at Page after Page bookstore. European release and digital release June 6, 2012!
This is what people are saying about the ALBERT- HOBBS BIG BAND:
”My father would be thrilled that his legacy is living on through great music such as this”- Cathy Rich, daughter of drummer Buddy Rich.
”Albert-Hobbs Band is terrific! Fine imaginative arrangements, first rate ensemble work and quality soloists all add up to a really enjoyable album. Dave Albert’s strong supportive drumming adds a great deal to the over-all ”good feel” and he plays a killer solo on Juggernaut. The sound quality is absolutely great…these cats are some SERIOUS players.”- Ed Shaugnessy (Tonight Show Band, Doc Severinson Band)
”The band is clean and tight, harmonies are really together and solos are hot and the drums on Juggernaut are fabulous. That’s one monster swingin’ band.”- Butch Miles (Count Basie Orchestra, Butch Miles Jazz Express).
The album features original compositions and arrangements by Brian Hobbs. In addition to Albert on drums and Hobbs on keyboards, the band is made up of some of the top musicians in Sweden including Wojtek Goral, Patrik Skogh, Staffan Findin, Jan Adefelt, Tom Beimel, Mikael Berg Andersson, Andy Pfieler, Mikko Paavola, Christer Jansson, and special guest vocalist, Peter Getz.
With his first album, THIS IS LIFE, Andreas Aleman proved that he had the voice, the songs and the grooves to make him recognized as one of Sweden’s most soulful artists….”Yeah, Andreas is the new Swedish funky boy!”- Nils Landgren…”Here’s living proof that Swedish artists are still able to create first class westcoast pop. Andreas places himself among artists like Bill Champlin, Kenny Loggins, Bill Cantos and Bobby Caldwell.”- Ola Gränshagen.
IT’S THE JOURNEY will continue to establish Andreas as the preeminent soul singer in Sweden and a world-class performing artist.
Andreas has gained a following in Sweden through his sold-out shows at Fasching in Stockholm and is reaching new fans throughout the world. He has been invited to perform with the acclaimed band, Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, and shows are planned for Los Angeles, North Carolina and New York City along with possible tours in Russia, Italy, Spain and Germany.
The album combines traditional soul/R&B/gospel and funk elements, which pays homage to his influences, Ray Charles, Michael McDonald, Michael Ruff and others, while maintaining his own contemporary sound. Andreas has produced, recorded and arranged the entire album and nine of the ten tracks were co-written by him.
Together with the top musicians in Sweden, Andreas has succeeded in making a second album that has all the elements of a breakout international success.
Andreas is not a pre-fabricated artist… this is the real deal…something new in today’s music world…pure old-fashioned talent.
Just before the New Year we finished the final mixes for Andreas Aleman’s new album IT’S THE JOURNEY… and it certainly has been one! We started working on this album back in early 2010… a lot has happened since then… and it feels great to finally get this one out there. We have a tentative release date set for late March in Stockholm. Please check back later for the final date and place. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to making IT’S THE JOURNEY. We are truly grateful to be able to work with some of the best musicians, mixers, photographers, etc., in Sweden. Everyone did an incredible job and we’d like to sincerely thank you all.
Andreas Aleman & Brian Hobbs- January 2012
IT’S THE JOURNEY
Keyboards and lead vocals: Andreas Aleman
Musicians: Christer Jansson, Tom Beimel, Andy Pfeiler, Mikael Berg Andersson, Anders Hedlund, Thobias Gabrielsson, Patrik Skogh, Wojtek Goral, Staffan Findin, Mikael Wikman, Stefan Gunnarsson, and Jonas Gröning.
Recording and Mix: Marcus Black
Mastering: Ron Boustead
Photos, video and layout: Mats Uneland, John Honk
Members of our “This is Life” crew: Lennart Jensen, Jonna Thomasson, Nanna Brickman
Web support: Sami Vesamo, Tapani Rauha
Songwriters: Andreas Aleman, Brian Hobbs, Peter Bertilsson, Jonas André, Stefan Gunnarsson, Ron Boustead, Adam Fietz
Moral support: Mikael Engström, Scott Gross, Bengt Isaksson, Björn Söderqvist, Georges Lang, Uwe Reith, Arnaud Leger, Andrea Di Puccio, Reneé Hanqvist, Fasching, Magnus Palmqvist, Ola Gränshagen, Jerry Lopez, all the musicians that have played at Andreas’ live shows, our families and most importantly… the fans that support Andreas and his music!
Over the next couple of months we’ll be posting samples from the albums, interviews with Andreas and behind the scenes looks at the recording process, information about the songs, etc.
- Eidolon is an independent record label focusing on quality music in the genres of jazz, pop, country, and adult contemporary as well as commercial music for TV, radio, films and the Internet.
- Releases by Eidolon include: Music for Balancing Body & Mind, Impressions of the Outer Banks, Candle in the Window and Second Glances (all by Brian Hobbs) as well as Been there, done that (Monica Silverstrand) and This is Life (Andreas Aleman).
- For 2012 Eidolon is planning two new releases, It’s the Journey (Andreas Aleman) and the Albert-Hobbs Big Band.
Eidolon Productions AB was started by songwriter/producer Brian Hobbs in 1996. Since then, Eidolon has been involved in writing and productions for artists such as Stefan Gunnarsson, Peter Friestedt/Joseph Williams, Peter Getz, Björn Skifs, Jill Johnson, Style, Andreas Aleman, Magnus Bäcklund, Monica Silverstrand, Mia Löfgren, Dotty Blue, Lena Phillipsson, Excellence, Johan Becker, Malin Jonsson and international artists in Japan, China, the Philippines, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Britain and Germany.