Bassist Tony Levin is well-known to lovers of progressive rock, having long served as the highly visible on-stage counterpoint to Peter Gabriel, and as a touring and recording member of King Crimson. One of the most daring rock bassists of the past 35-plus years, Levin’s resume also includes work with John Lennon, Robbie Robertson and his own oft-touring ensemble, Stick Men. However, Levin and his pianist brother Pete grew up loving jazz, mostly from the cool era, a time when a relaxed, easy-going feel met strong, memorable melodies and hip chord changes, topped by economical, if harmonically adventurous, soloing. The music is in the brothers’ blood.
As Tony recently told Progarchy.com, “I’m primarily a rock player, who also plays jazz, while [Pete] is a jazz player who has also played a lot of rock.” The siblings found common ground right smack in the middle for their first-ever full-length collaboration, “The Levin Brothers,” (Lazy Bones CD and vinyl) a warm and ebullient collection described by critic Ira Kantor in Elmore magazine as “a hearty portion of tightly cohesive songs that merge the best of Bach with the pace of bop.. . an album that’s sure to light up the Cafe Carlyle or Carnegie Hall, if it’s ever taken out on the road.”
Happily, the Levin Brothers have indeed taken the album on the road, and quite surprisingly, that road leads to the Medici House (634 Main St, East Aurora) at 7 p.m. March 17. For the show, Tony and Pete Levin will be joined by drummer Jeff Siegal and saxophonist Erik Lawrence.
Tickets are limited, but what remains can be purchased at the Medici House, or by calling 652-0341. They’re priced $25 advance, and $30 at the door. Sample the Levin Brothers wares via TheLevinBrothers.com.