The Bogie Band ft. Joe Russo released their debut album, The Prophets in the City, on Friday via New York-based record label Royal Potato Family. Led by saxophonist, composer, and former Antibalas conductor Stuart Bogie, the instrumental project consists of only wind instruments and percussion, including drumming by Joe Russo.
The Prophets In The City captures the tensions of urban life, juxtaposing sweet harmonies and joyous melodies with raucous marches and intentional dissonance.
“The music we’ve created here revels in the human mysteries that unfold in New York City, basking in its connections, ironies, and myths,” explains Bogie. “Through observing its humanity, we hope to invoke the underlying world of the spirits.”
In addition to Stuart Bogie and Joe Russo, the band features a stacked lineup with members of The Dap-Kings, Red Barat, Budos Band, St. Vincent, and David Byrne’s American Utopia. The nine songs on the album were written by Bogie, and they are brought to life by Russo’s dynamic drumming.
“These are deep, thoughtful, beautiful and powerful compositions that could have only come from the mind and heart of Stuart Bogie,” the drummer says.
The band shared a promo video for the album (below), and they have an album release show at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday, March 26th. The Bogie Band ft. Joe Russo is also scheduled to perform at The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA on July 1st.
The Bogie Band ft. Joe Russo – Debut Album Out Now
The Bogie Band ft. Joe Russo – The Prophets in the City
Drums, Timpani, Mallet Percussion: Joe Russo
Percussion: Mauro Refosco, Joe Russo, Korey Richey, Stuart Bogie, Jeff Citron
Additional commotion: Karyn Starr, Arthur Lee Johnson, Louis Thebeau Starr Johnson
Sousaphone: John Altieri
Trumpets: Jordan McLean, Michael Leonhart, Dave Guy, Billy Aukstik, Eric Biondo
Trombones: Raymond Mason, Adam Dotson, Dave Smoota Smith
Saxes: Cochemea Gastelum (Bari), Matt Bauder (Bari, Alto), Ian Hendrickson-Smith (Alto), Colin Stetson (Soprano), Stuart Bogie (Tenor, Bari)
Flutes: Domenica Fossati, Stuart Bogie
Choir/Claps: Korey Richey, Jeff Citron, Stuart Bogie, Domenica Fossati, Matt Bauder