Dec 04, 2011
The band is in total synch with Joe. Whether they or he writes the music, their performance is nothing but stellar. If the band is a studio hire, he's obviously spared no expense finding the top quality of musicianship. The movements in the songs rise & fall with the utmost quality. I find it hard to believe this guy isn't signed to a real label. Between the piano, horns, guitars and vocals, it's a total rainbow of music. Joe Gande is the modern representation of "Rock/Blues", and certainly could very well be the standard to hold others to.
To say anything negative about this act would be blasphemy. However, to place Joe Gande in the Hard Rock category may be an overstatement. Hard Rock is usually reserved for a bit heavier tunes, but in no way does this affect the true compositions of Joe Gande. The tune "Shelter Me" has a harder edge, but this feel is not consistent throughout the rest of his compositions, therefore placing him in the Hard Rock category may not be sufficient.
I find Joe Gande to be a top-rated musician, performer, and audio magician. To miss out on these tunes would surely be a loss. I was amazed at the overall sounds blasting from my Reverbnation tune player. If you haven't had an opportunity to listen, I'd say go to it right now.
On his Reverb page, it states, "Music is supposed to make you feel."
Joe has done that, and very much more...
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Joe officially released The Godsend Sessions on May 16, 2010. The CD was written, arranged & produced by Joe and the CD was mastered by the grammy award winning Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC. Joe can do it all…he performed all the vocals, all background vocals, all harmonies, all guitars, piano, keys, and conga drum. The CD also features Neal A. Ostberg: Bass, Kevin Bregande: Drums, Craig Shrawder: Keys, and James B. Gately III: Hammond B3, Glockenspiel, and Bongos.
A few quotes from joegande.com paints the picture of who Joe is…..“Singing, writing, arranging, producing, playing guitar, bass and keys-all without ever taking a formal musical lesson in his life. A prolific songwriter and self-taught guitarist with an ear for melody since a young age, the music just comes into his head. From arranging horn charts, drum fills and grooves, scoring beautiful lush string sections and vocal harmonies, to bangin' out some funky piano…” ---author unknown
"...a sound that can only be described as "New York" ---Dave Jackson, The Musicians Cybercooler
There are many reviews on Joe and in all the reviews I read, the same words kept popping up….PASSION & New York!
Joe’s style ranges from jazzy to bluesy to funky to psychedelic…but all the time rockin! oe has played regularly in the NYC club scene throughout the years and although there are no shows scheduled right now, be sure to keep watching for shows to be added!
Joe not only puts out a good vibe with his music but also from his selfless acts of helping others. Quote from Joe…”I love animals and always help out with all kinds of organizations for them” Joe helps raise money through sponsors on Socialvibe…”right now I’m involved with raising money for the NYC foodbank through a cool promo. People can now download my songs free at gimmesound.com and the proceeds from the website and sponsors go to a charity of your choice! Very cool concept…”
The photos and quotes tell the story….of a self-taught musician who puts his heart and soul into his music. Drop by Joe Gande’s MySpace page and his website at Joe Gande.com for more music and information. Enjoy the video below as Joe walks the streets of NYC to the sounds of his beautiful song…Can’t See My Life.
The video below gives you a peek of what you will experience in a live show
Joe is all New York but he is balanced with a softer side where he has another passion….cooking. Must be his Italian roots and his mama’s influence coming out when it comes to pasta! He is currently writing a cook book that will be available soon.
In writing this feature I have gotten to know Joe a little better and I find him to be a beautiful, caring person on the inside and out. He is driven, down-to-earth, incredibly talented, and seems to be successful in everything he pursues. Joe is also working on a new project with a DVD in the works so keep watching for that!
To sum it up…Joe has a fun-loving passion for life!
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Every once in a while I run across a rocker that I just can't take my ears off of...Joe's finely crafted high-energy CD tunes, vocal and guitar skills far exceed the "average band" these days - in fact, cuts like "Can't See My Life" take me back to my earliest experiences with bands that made the heart soar. It's really nice to hear such strong talent in today's (often) diluted energy field... none of that on Gande's efforts, to be sure! There is a superb taste of the unique on tunes like "Lost Her Head", though I would have preferred it be a bit longer than 3:44 (especially that funky/dow-un bass line that's drivin' it). The tune that gets my vote as favorite on this set of songs, though, is the 6:08 "Godsend"... artist names runnin' through my head like Joe Cocker (for the vocals) & Robin Trower as I listen to the swirlingly cosmic guitar lines at about 3:00; absolute KILLER rock with the kind of punch that will drive you straight into the edges of the oblivion you've been seeking all these many years! This is more than just being "impressed" - I'm inspired by Joe's excellent music, & give him my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for listeners whose roots reach out of the "normal jazz mode" into the kind of stellar energies that drive the universe. He gets an "EQ" (energy quotient) rating of 4.98, too.Get more information & listen to the streams at www.reverbnation.com/joegande#
Review Written by Paul Ruth of "The Independent Music Scene"...
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Songs I like are "25 Hours", and "Brighter Day". They can be found at his Reverbnation page: http://www.reverbnation.com/joegande
I worked with John Lennon....No wonder I felt that touch of soul - Music is the "essence of your soul."
I had the wonderful good fortune to not only work with some of the most famous Rock Stars of my generation, but I sing as well.
You are to me like Artemis is to the great novels. The beauty of you is not just in your appearance, for I know what it is to be seen as just a face and a body, that misses the mark - for what lay inside is pure Elegance and Brilliance.
Thank you Jacky...this just blows me away!
Some of this was used also as part of a Systemculture.org review as well...
Here is the original as written in English...
Someone told me: Listen to Joe Gande and tell me what you think.
If I were asked my opinion in one word, I would say without a doubt, PASSION.
This intense musician and composer from New York, gives new definition to the word passion in each of his songs.
With a strong voice is striking for its intensity and claw to pluck the notes of his vocal cords, but it is distressing beyond description in his notes printed tons of causing intense feelings aside whatever you are doing, to go into its world of sounds and harmonies.
Joe Gande melts in his songs the intense feeling of the blues with the passion of rock, creating a unique sound, electrifying disturbingly alien and organic, fresh, challenging way to make everything rock music, although it has a light scent to rock old.
Also shows the sensitivity, as expressed by apparent honesty, his love life. Listen, I inevitably drag to immerse yourself in a mystical world of strength and passion, through which you can enjoy an endless flow of intense feelings percolating your senses.
REVIEW BY LISA PARKER, LONDON AND SOUTH EAST, UK
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Joe Gande is an American musician who messaged me asking if I could write an online review of the songs on his site.So check him out-he's definitely worth a listen. Here we go...Everything about this collection of songs reflects an honest and truthful approach towards the experiences and emotions that we all share. His music entices you in with "Brighter Day" and then plays on your heartstrings.His voice is reminiscent of Joe Cocker...searching, aching, projecting, intelligent, observational lyrics that are timeless. Check out '25 Hours' and 'Just Because' in particular. He encapsulates a yearning that borders on pain-lost love, the need to move on, regret, taking risks and chances. The retro feel to the music is refreshing and complements Joe's voice perfectly with echoes of the 70's-Motown, Gospel and Big Band creating an emotional pull that is irresistible. He told me "I wanted to capture every nuance and detail and true feeling and the 'magic' that happens from doing so.....which is not so popular in today's music business..." On the strength of these songs, Joe could be the one who restores the magic...
DECEMBER SPOTLIGHT ARTIST
REVIEW BY LYRIC
Joe Gande and The Godsend Sessions-Will touch your heart. It's really hard to believe they posess so much talent and versatility.
Soulful, Rock-Blues, music of the finest quality.
Joe Gande is an amazingly talented artist. He could move anyone with his voice and guitar. It would be hard to listen to this music and not walk away thinking about what you just heard. "Addictive". "An emotional journey into your soul".
The Godsend Sessions are immensely talented and bring to life sensational sounds that touch the heart and stir the soul. With songs like "Been So Many Years", which is one of those songs that make you stop what you are doing and listen. Definitely the song to make you feel.
"Brighter Day", a blues/rock tune full of heart felt sound.
NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT ARTIST
REVIEW BY DAVE JACKSON
As hard to describe as his voice is the music that he and Ostberg (along with Kevin Bregande on drums, James B. Gately Jr. Guitar, Craig Shrawder on Keyboards) create. The music that is unbelievably unique. I was describing one song to a friend, and explained the cool melody and heavy riff, and then explained how a muted trumpet pops out of the right speaker. He smiled and0 said, "Cool" but I know he was thinking, "huh?" It's like Sly Stone singing with the Black Crowes. There is also a part of the sound that can only be described as "New York". It's a jazzy, fretless vibe that mixes in occasionally that makes you smile at such a collaboration (and then makes you wonder why you didn't think of it first). By the last song you're going "this is so TGS."
Joe and crew did something very smart. They saved (and saved) their pennies and went to a top line studio, got it mastered, and mixed so that you will have to ask yourself multiple times, "This is an indie band?" The songs are mature, with phenomenal arrangements, and do something else (with a complimentary nod to the 70's) they spread their stereo W I D E. You got a left and right speaker. Why not use them? After you get done listening to the car on the way home, put on a pair of headphones and listen again. It's very cool.The band is currently preparing for some spotlight shows in New York. Most importantly go to http://www.wired4soundrecords.com and buy their CD so you can say "I knew them before they got signed." On a side note, if you are looking for places to list your band, I would check out their mp3 site, as Joe has been busy listing them everywhere.
REVIEW BY JOHN WILDER COYLE
Amongst all of the many clubs and things to do on a New York Friday, I found myself at the right place at the right time on April 13, 2001 when, at the request of a friend, I went to see The Godsend Sessions play at the Cutting Room. First of all, The Cutting Room is quite a find on its own. Small with a big feel – tight but open enough for all to cut loose. The setting was just right for my first encounter with The Godsend Sessions.
Rock and Roll? Nope. Rock, Roll, and Soul. The Godsend Sessions brought back decades of influential themes while infusing modern day angst and grit. Led by singer/songwriter Joe Gande, the band pounded out truly original cuts. The vibe of the band and the music was familiar and intimate, yet the band was huge! The horn section spilled off the stage onto the floor with the audience.
On stage something electric was happening: bass, rhythm guitar, keys, jazz-style drumming meshed with soulful, lead vocals and well harmonized backing vocals, then sprinkled with the flavor of the horn section that came and went appropriately. It was a musical feast that a band like Pink Floyd would attempt and pull off, and Joe and The Godsend Sessions distinctly did the same. However, Joe and The Godsend Sessions were strictly music – no gimmicks – original and heartfelt. Musicians without the pretensions, Rock Stars without the egos. The Godsend Sessions rely on the strength of Joe's music - and what wonderful music it was! ‘Brighter Day’, ‘Shelter Me’ and ‘Lost Her Head’ were the most amazing songs I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in a long time. Members of the audience were actually singing along to ‘Can’t See My Life’. The crowd was with the band that night.
Which is why it is worth noting the crowd. Though it was a sit-down venue, people were in motion. It was a high-class group in there – NOT what I expected to see. The band was clean - clean but dirty. Clean as far as their strength as musicians, dirty because it was pure and raw in it’s presentation and style. Everyone stayed until the end, filling themselves with the amount of emotion, tension, and s0oul that the band hit the crowd with. I had never heard any of the music before and yet it truly felt like a journey I had already taken. While talking to my fellow audience members, they also revealed that they too, were moved by the messages in the music. Music is powerful, and that was evident at the Cutting Room thanks to THE GODSEND SESSIONS.
My note to the band: I wish you could have seen the expressions on the faces in the crowd during your last song (‘The La-La Song’). Every instrument was climbing the scales– a tangled musical frenzy reaching an orgasmic high. And then . . . it stopped. Complete silence. The air echoed in that silence until broken by applause. And THEN-YOU DID IT AGAIN! Another explosion of music that again stopped abruptly and anticipatory. The crowd LOVED it and I LOVED it.
John Wilder Coyle 4/2001
Jan 30, 2003
I do enjoy your music alot...(Bill ~ Alliance Admin)
"LOST HER HEAD"
On my first listen of "Lost Her Head" I hear a blending of many styles. The Godsend Sessions definitely know their classics. I hear distorted guitar, the vocals are relaxed and somewhat gruff, and the trumpet is a very good addition. The trumpet really nails everything down, while the driving energetic beat forms the backbone. The vocals are delivered in a slow, detached and stylish manor, while the music is deliberate and controlled. "Lost Her Head" stylistically sounds like a mix of Blues and Classic Rock.
REVIEW BY TAMMY KUMAKURA-Hi-5 MAGAZINE, EDITOR IN CHIEF, NYC/Japan
Who could imagine the sound of Joe Gande was so splendid in this time?