Press Release: NY Band Reverend Zen Reboots With Video Collection - View
ALL ABOUT JAZZ - Reverend Zen: Angels, Blues and the
Crying Moon - View
REVEREND ZEN Receives 4 Nominations at the Los Angeles
Music Awards - CR Gazette - View
In 2008 we've had more than 10,000 song submissions
to the Los Angeles Music Awards and for the second
consecutive year we have a Reverend Zen song among
our nominees. We're proud to name the band's "Her
Love" a 2008 Best Song Nominee in our Adult Alternative
Artist Category. It's nice to hear such an original
voice and melody lines from an artist. "Her Love"
is very good stuff."
Al Bowman - Founder & Producer;
The Los Angeles Music Awards; LA Music Awards.com
the past two years Reverend Zen has consistently been
one of the most requested artists on our station.
We congratulate the band on all their success."
Mark Maverick - Program Director;
Indie 104 - I Radio LA, New Music Weekly's Internet
Station of the Year 2006-2008; iradiola.com (L.A.)
ZEN's songs "Dangerous Times", "Don't
Try To Tell Me", "The Boston Shakedown"
and "Bad Attitude" have all received Best
Song Nominations in the Adult Contemporary Artist
and Blues Artist category of the 2007 Los Angeles
Music Awards. As a result we're proud to name Reverend
Zen our 2007 Blues Artist of the Year.
Jim DeCicco - President; Los
Angeles Music Awards (L.A.)
Blues & the Crying Moon by REVEREND ZEN is simply
a very good record and should impact triple a radio.
"The Boston Shakedown", "Magdalena"
and the band's ballad "Don't Try To Tell Me"
are tracks to watch.
John Schoenberger - Billboard's
Radio & Records (L.A.)
song writing, lyrics and arrangements by REVEREND
Paul Olund - MSNBC.com's Independent Study / Artists
You Need To Know (N.Y.C.)
values abound on this album by REVEREND ZEN, led by
producer / composer Jack Evans. The album is one of
the year's most interesting and it's overall excellence
demands repeated listening. Their song "Dangerous
Times" was named Finalist in the prestigious
VH1 Song of the Year Contest. My favorite however
is "The Boston Shakedown", which received
a Best Performance nod from L.A.'s highly regarded
Unisong International Contest. Other highlights include
"My Sigmund Freud" and "Boy Genius".
If you want adventurous, original rock/jazz/R&B
check out this album. Musicians include Jack Evans
- lead vocals, keyboards, drums, Rob Aries and co
writer James Gerard - keyboards, guitarists Chris
Carter, Nick Moroch, Gil Parris and Chris Vitarello,
bassists Kjell Benner and Kip Sophos, drummer Rudy
Feinauer, with background vocals by Margaret Dorn,
Sheryl Marshall, Vaneese Thomas and Soozie Tyrell.
Richard Ludmerer - Director;
The New York Blues & Jazz Society (N.Y.C.)
gone and rocked our station totally and put big smiles
on our faces with "The Boston Shakedown".
REVEREND ZEN sounds like a killer band that's tight,
full of energy and swing, highly accomplished and
credible. A very good band and a performance that
rocks. "The Boston Shakedown" is an excellent
song with a great vibe. In all the time we've been
airing Fame Games very few bands come close to this
one on technical merit with "The Boston Shakedown"
and "Dangerous Times". Great musicianship
and musical taste. It's a pleasure to listen to this
music. This band is one of our all time favorites.
Here's an extremely credible band whose professionalism
and class are easily apparent from the very first
moment. It's musicians like these that deserve all
Paul Sedowski - CEO Mere Music
/ MereMusic.com; FameGamesRadio.com; Onda Cero Radio;
94.6FM, 101.6FM (Malaga, Spain)
honors Jack Evans of REVEREND ZEN with a 2007 ASCAP
Plus Award for four Best Song Nominations and as Artist
of the Year in the 2007 Los Angeles Awards, two Finalist
Awards in the 2007 Unisong International Song Contest
and for 5 Runner Up Awards and Finalist Award in 2006
VH1 Song of the Year Contest, for his songs "Dangerous
Times", "Bad Attitude", "Don't
Try To Tell Me", "Magdalena" and "The
Boston Shakedown". All of the songs are from
Reverend Zen's debut album Angels, Blues & the
Eric Fillbrook - ASCAP's Playback
Magazine / Stepping Out (N.Y.C.)
I don't think there's one duff track on this whole
album. Rest assured we'll be playing REVEREND ZEN
for a very long time. Bill Everatt
- Music Director; Celtica Radio Ltd. / CelticaRadio.com
It's clear from the very first song on REVEREND ZEN's
Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon that front man
Jack Evans and his compatriots are talented musicians.
Dan Kimpel - The Music Connection
have to tell you REVEREND ZEN's Angels, Blues &
the Crying Moon blows me away. From the first few
chords of "Magdalena" to "My Sigmund
Freud" to "The One In Love" and everything
in between. This is an amazing album with some incredible
musicians to boot.
Eric Cohen - Music Director;
WAER 88.3FM (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Boston Shakedown" has got to be one of my favorite
songs of the year. It's been getting rave reviews
from our listeners. We're proud to name Reverend Zen
our 2007 Artist of the Year. Great, great music.
John O'Day - Music Director;
WCH Radio; wchradio.com (St. Louis)
ZEN takes the listener into states of introspection
and roguish twists and turns behind melodies and vocals
that have the power to make you remember both the
songs and their performances. Their instrumentation
and arrangements give them a unique and colorful sound
with standout guitar that's perfectly executed. This
music is right on target with emotion, tremendous
flow, excellent style and first rate production. Above
all it's straight from the heart.
Finalist - VH1 Song of the Year
Contest; Staff (Houston)
ZEN's Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon is full
of great, varied, serious messages in colorful, creative
lyrics. It's listen anywhere, anytime music. A lovely,
wonderful album full of fabulous tracks. We're very
happy to include them on MVY's "Fresh Produce
4" compilation cd.
Alison Hammond - DJ & Host
of The Local Music Caf‚; MvyRadio.com, 92.7FM
(Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod; 96.5FM Newport,
proud to honor Jack Evans and Reverend Zen with our
2008 Golden Wave Artist of the Year Award representing
achievement and excellence in music. With all their
accomplishments Reverend Zen more than lives up to
that billing. In addition to being our artist of the
year, the band's Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon
ranks as one of the best indie albums of the decade.
Simply put, Reverend Zen rocks our world."
Carmen Allgood - Host; The Colorado
Wave; ColoradoWave.com (Denver, Co.)
songs prove to be infectious. According to REVEREND
ZEN's publicist this is "music for the thinking
man's head" and I might add a dancer's feet.
An apt description for songs that deal with subjects
like love, Freud, and child prodigies, and whose musicians
have played with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Donald
Fagen, Shawn Colvin, Elvis Costello, Annie Lennox,
Dr. John, Sheryll Crow, B.B. King, Michael McDonald
and NYC's Uptown Horns Revue. REVEREND ZEN is the
kind of band who develops a huge following who know
all the rather arch lyrics of every song and dance
at every gig. In a style that's reminiscent of Steely
Dan all of the songs benefit from great bass lines,
solid drumming, tight harmonies and background vocals
that actually bolster the leads. Singer Jack Evans'
voice has the rough edges of a blues singer who's
also checked out Joni Mitchell and he has the wisdom
to stay within it's limitations. Particularly strong
is "Magdalena", the story of an encounter
with an angel. It's all a great blend of instrumental
and vocal with sweeping keyboards, dead on guitar
and a great back beat.
Elizabeth Hilts - Fairfield
County Weekly (Stamford, Conn.)
REVEREND ZEN's Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon
is full of excellent songs. This album is stunning.
Paul Bondavarski - Music Director;
Midnight Special Blues Radio, Ms-Blues.com / Live
365 (Paris, France)
you like Steely Dan and Jeff Beck you'll love REVEREND
ZEN's "Dangerous Times" with it's great
resolving chord patterns and tasty guitar hooks, provided
by NYC R&B great Chris Carter. "The Boston
Shakedown" features more inventive song writing
and arranging by vocalist/leader Jack Evans and his
co writer James Gerard. Guitarist Nick Moroch, a veteran
of David Sanborn's group, delivers the exceptional
solo here. These are two strong performances from
the entire band.
Paul Carosi - Artist Launch
/ Radio Free Times (Detroit / Pittsburgh)
believe in what REVEREND ZEN and their music is all
about. We thank them for being a part of our station
and being there with their unique sound and writing.
Good to have you on board REVEREND ZEN.
Joyce Marie Morrin - Promotions
Director / WRRW 100.7 FM; WrrwRadio.com (Williamsburg,
ZEN's "The Boston Shakedown" swings right
out of the gate and let's us know these guys can play.
Who wouldn't be drawn in by the song's opening line.
These lyrics almost peel the wallpaper with the steam
they create. Jack Evans' vocal is just right just
to pass on the passion of this tale. Nick Moroch's
guitar solo is in the pocket, inventive and exquisite
for this style of song and played by nothing less
than an A list quality musician. The background vocals
by Margaret Dorn and Vaneese Thomas are well arranged,
well executed and make this sound like a hit. Everything
on this song is tight. Good writing and a great, smokin'
Finalist - Unisong International
Song Contest; Staff (L.A.)
Times" brings to mind the realities of modern
city life. The song's imagery will stay with listeners,
especially those who live and witness these truths.
REVEREND ZEN blends old and new to tell a relevant
Jason Levitt - Quick Launch
/ Flight Safe (L.A.)
ZEN takes a big dose of rock and mix into it jazz,
r&b and even funk to achieve their own signature
sound. The band's bio states this release was ten
year's in the making and it was time well spent. The
ten tracks found on this cd are layered and peppered
with extras that move the songs a step above what
you normally hear from a band. At the heart and soul
of REVEREND ZEN is Jack Evans, who among other things
wears the hat of the band's lead vocalist. His vocals
are rich and have a been there done that wisdom to
them, as the release's songs deal with the emotions
of love and human nature in general. This is a very
strong effort from a group of quality musicians. It's
filled with music that will stand up well to the test
C.W. Ross - Indie Music Stop
(Philadelphia / Pittsburgh)
love REVEREND ZEN's music. We're happy to include
"Dangerous Times" on our Songwriters &
Storytellers Compilation III cd. Phil
Peretz - President; iMuzic / Indie Artist's Alliance
the love found pomp of the opening song "Magdalena",
to the social relevance of "Dangerous Times"
and on to straight forward rockers like "Bad
Attitude", "The Boston Shakedown",
"My Sigmund Freud" and "Boy Genius",
REVEREND ZEN successfully flex their musical muscle
before finishing with the darkly beatific ballads
"Don't Try To Tell Me", "Her Love",
"Only A Fool" and "The One In Love".
The New York area band has Jack Evans on lead vocals
/ percussion, James Gerard on keyboards, with guitarists
Chris Carter (Solomon Burke & Joan Osborne) and
Gil Parris (David Sanborn & Dr. John), Philly
session bassist Kjell Benner, drummer Rudy Feinauer
(George Russell & Syndicate of Soul) with back
ground vocals by Sheryl Marshall (John Medeski &
NYC's Uptown Horns Revue) and Soozie Tyrell (Bruce
Springsteen, Elvis Costello & Shawn Colvin).
Sean Coulter- Aquarian Weekly
/ East Coast Rocker (N.J. / N.Y.)
Blues & the Crying Moon is full of very classy
material by REVEREND ZEN.
Mark Kerr - Host; Mark Kerr's
Blues Nation Show / MarkKerrLtd.com / BluesNation.htm
thoroughly enjoyable release from NY's REVEREND ZEN
will appeal to those who enjoy the musicianship and
cleverness of Steely Dan and the straight ahead listen
ability of Sting or AC favorite Bruce Hornsby. Successfully
blending strong song with obviously accomplished musicianship,
band leader Jack Evans and co writer James Gerard
create a sound that the everyday pop listener will
enjoy , but will also turn the heads and ears of more
uppity musician types. Radio programmers will drool
over the laid - back opener "Magdalena",
the simplest song on the release which really isn't
all that simple. It's hybrid chord structures are
reminiscent of Todd Rundgren's and the very strong
hook chorus could be put on the Rundgren level. "Boy
Genius" is a sleek - funk shuffle that also sports
a strong hook and shows the band has an edge. The
final tune "The One In Love" fuses Sting
and Steely Dan. It's the most r&b tune here and
also one of the most complex. On all of the songs
lead vocalist Evans' soulful tenor is part r&b
and part AC veteran Marc Cohen. All in all REVEREND
ZEN is a AAA/AC record label's dream with lots of
possibilities in the crossover and marketing areas,
not to mention some great music.
Rich Lepescu - Nebula Music
Magazine (Montclair, N.J.)
Boston Shakedown" by REVEREND ZEN is a strong,
fun song. Very Steely Dan-esque. Very nice writing.
Siobhan Quinn - Director; Mid
Atlantic Song Contest / SAW (Washington, D.C.)
ZEN's blues & jazz influences are apparent in
every track on Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon.
Without exaggeration, Jack Evans and his co writer
James Gerard have a gift for song writing.
King - Editor; Cross Harp Chronicles / CrossHarpChronicles.com
Combining the people pleasing qualities of the 70's
Doobie Brothers with the New York wit of Brooklyn's
Five Chinese Brothers of the 90's, REVEREND ZEN has
a glossy product that's ready to ship. These songs
are blues/ funk/pop with standout guitar and female
background vocals providing the winning personality.
It's good to see triple a music learning from mistakes
of the past.
Mark Klein - Soundviews Magazine
of my favorite releases of the year is Angels, Blues
& the Crying Moon by REVEREND ZEN.
Jim Beal - San Antonio Express
News (San Antonio, Tx.)
smart, classy debut album, that's a mature sounding
mix of pop and blues melodies. REVEREND ZEN's songs
will make you sit up and listen carefully, as well
as allow you to chill with an iced tea on a Sunday
Alan Mann - Host; Upbeat Caf‚
/ UpBeatCafe.com (Georgetown, Ky.)
a joy to have the excellent music of Reverend Zen
to feature on our show. The album from start to finish
is what our audience wants to hear. Reverend Zen will
be a permanent addition to our line up.
Don Lewis - Host/Producer; The
Big Break Show, thebigbreakpodcast.com (Charleston,
Zen's sound lays dead center between the East Coast
and LA West Coast swing at it's best. The band's songs
are full of hip ideas and stories. Leader Jack Evans,
the brainchild behind Reverend Zen, is an iconoclast
who's created an interesting blend of edgy and at
times punk rock lyrics, over the smooth, cool sound
of Steely Dan. Jack Evans and Reverend Zen create
songs that play on your heart and mind. Give their
debut cd Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon a listen.
Seoul Reviews - (Seoul, South
ZEN's Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon has received
our Bronze Artist Award - Independent Album of the
Year / Best Cover Art / Top Ten Releases 2006
Tim Daymond - CEO; Radio Gets
Wild /AM/FM/Live 365/XM/Sirius Satellite Radio/ RGW.com