Jan 052016
 

Mega-thanks to Rick Jamm at Jamsphere for his review of Night Flowers. He also managed to get it published on Soundlooks and  VideoMusicStars.  #SALUTE to Rick Jamm. Check Jamsphere out on Twitter & Facebook.

1.05.2016

Psychedelic, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Alt. Pop band, The Other Day, from Birmingham, Alabama USA, made up of Jennifer Skates: Lead Vocals, Flute, Trumpet, Songwriting, Lyrics | Catt Shiflett: Lyrics | Bobby Shiflett: Guitars, Background Vocals, Songwriting, Lyrics | Andrew Reid: Bass | Kenneth Shiflett: Drums, Percussion | Derek Nolin: Keyboards and Special Guest: Jeff Waites: Percussion, has finally released its debut album entitled “Night Flowers”.

Bobby Shiflett started looking to put together a new project in 2014, and together with his wife Catt and Jennifer Skates, they began collaborating on writing new material. By mid-2015 they had assembled most pieces of the project’s musical puzzle and went into Avondale Sound Studios in Birmingham to record “Night Flowers.” The album is set for a 15th of January release and we got to sample a preview of the recording.

Don’t let the smooth sound of this Bossa Nova and Jazz induced album fool you. There’s so much going on here. Listen to how the drummer accents, punctuates, and sparks the band with just the right rhythms and fills. The keyboards color the sound, while adding harmonic texture on several levels. It also adds an, oh so understated emphasis to the rhythm. The bass player is the anchor in this group, yet he can improvise his bass runs in such a way that he leads you into the changes effortlessly. He’s obviously done his homework.

The guitar player, on the other hand, is probably a virtuoso, yet he doesn’t remind you of it all the time. He knows when to play rhythm, knows when to comp, and he stays clean and understated, allowing the vocalist to paint the sonic canvas with varying melodic textures of emotional substance. These are musicians that serve the music, not the ego, making this a true gem.

The production quality on “Night Flowers” is superb, the bass is nice and low and on even a mediocre system it fills the room beautifully. This is very good cuddle music, in front of a fire, under a blanket with that special someone. At least that was my personal experience, but you could so easily be doing some romantic Bossa Nova steps across any dance floor with these organically mellow, but uplifting rhythms.

The opening song, “Sway” is perhaps the most beautiful song on the entire album. The blend of seductive acoustic guitar, alluringly emotive vocals and the distinctive, syncopated drum rhythm, is awesomely well matched. The pictures that it brings to my mind tell a story that every feeling soul can relate to. It’s mesmerizing.

Other outstanding tracks would include “Mi Flor de la Noche” with its trumpet interludes and layered arrangement. The swinging temperament of, “We’re in the Mood (for Love)”, as well as the powerful and spirited vocals of “Body Surfer – Another Cha Cha Cha”. If you want something smooth and upscale, this is what you’re looking for. The Other Day creates classy music for those who want the best, regardless of genre.

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Jan 012016
 

A big THANKS to Brett Stewart for his review of The Other Day’s debut, Night Flowers, on The Independent Spotlight.

http://brettstewart.net/the-independent-spotlight/theotherday

 

The Other Day – ‘Night Flowers’

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

In this morning’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be delving into the music of The Other Day, an eclectic outfit founded by Bobby Shiflett, a guitarist who previously founded the band Alamantra. The Other Day includes several members from his previous endeavor, but focuses on a new idea: reminding listeners that music is indeed poetry. The group’s debut effort exemplifies this mantra. Let’s talk about an early preview of ‘Night Flowers.’

Perhaps the most compelling piece of ‘Night Flowers’ is that it’s an album rooted in instrumental prowess. The charismatic lead vocalist, Jennifer Skates, also performs flute and trumpet. The core lineup includes a bassist, percussionist, and keyboardist as well, all elegantly showcased through the collaborative nature of The Other Day’s songwriting. The songs on ‘Night Flowers’ are written by Shiflett, his wife Catt, and Skates. The result is a collection of songs that defy genre, slyly maneuvering through jazz, Latin, and lounge styles with tactful grace. ‘Sway’ does a fine job exhibiting that.

‘Sway’ is lounge jazz at its finest; Skates is so wonderfully accented by classical guitar and jazzy percussion. Whenever I review an album for the Spotlight, I head to the studio and queue it up on the monitors. For the most part, The Other Day’s music is well-suited to a quality set-up. At times on ‘Sway,’ I did find the timbre of the classical guitar to be a bit harsh, somewhat drowning out Skates’ vocals. I’d argue that ‘The Cosmos (Wasn’t Made in a Day)’ has a much sharper production that properly aligns the vocals with the instrumentation. I adore Skates’ flute as well on that tune.

‘Mi Flor de la Noche’ is a bit of a mixed bag. I really dig the Latin flair and the introduction of some very enjoyable key sections. In the verses, Skates’ vocals seem to be strained, as if she’s attempting to envelope a specific sound or persona that doesn’t fit her pipes as kindly as ‘Sway’ or ‘The Cosmos.’ ‘We’re in the Mood (for Love),’ the following track, harnesses that intense, passionate delivery much better. It feels fitting on ‘We’re in the Mood,’ and the songwriting is a beautiful vehicle for Skates’ most poignant performance on the record.

A massive potential pitfall of this type of jazz is having your record spin into obscurity as it unfolds. Like any other genre, this type of smooth jazz has to be altered noticeably from track to track to remain consistently interesting. Otherwise, your album runs the risk of sounding like an hour long elevator ride or stroll through Nordstroms during the holidays. I’m compelled to argue that The Other Day traverses this impeccably, and tunes like ‘Body Surfer-Another Cha Cha Cha’ exhibit that. The instrumentation and suave lyricism is unmatched on this tune, proving the outfit’s ability to change the formula up just enough from track to track to maintain interest.

Goodness, that electric guitar and organ banter on ‘Unencumbered’ is fantastic. It’s like a Doors rehearsal got lost in a late night jazz club. It rounds out the preview I obtained of ‘Night Flowers’ with terrific energy. (I’ll be the first to tell you that I don’t typically describe smooth jazz as energetic or consistently interesting, either.) The vast majority of the production harnesses the chemistry of The Other Day in a very positive way, even ever-so-lightly toying with psychedelic effects. That’s why I’d highly recommend The Other Day and ‘Night Flowers.’ This is contemporary jazz done right by musicians who clearly have a deep knowledge and love for the genre. Check them out below, and keep tabs on ‘Night Flowers,’ slated for January 15.

Site: http://theotherdayband.com
Soundcloud LP: https://soundcloud.com/theotherdayband/sets/night-flowers-preview
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/theotherdayband

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Jan 012016
 

We’d like to thank Mark Weber for taking the time to review The Other Day on his music blog.
http://markwebermusicblog.com/2015/12/29/the-other-day/

“The Other Day is a band I instantly liked upon hearing “Sway.” They’re bringing back the bossa nova sound, combining Latin rhythms, jazzy moods, surf rock and other ambient sounds to create a sonic soundscape that’s music to my ears.

With Jennifer Skates’ distinct voice and the band being the brainchild of experienced musician Bobby Shiflett, The Other Day is bound to attract a wide variety of fans who appreciate Americana, The Blues, Be Bop, and the aforementioned “Latin Rhythms.” The Other Day is an eclectic band and I like that! Their debut, Night Flowers, is out January 15, 2016. –Mark Weber Music Blog”

The Other Day at English Village Sunday December 13,2015 Photographed by Kevin Worley L-R: Derek Nolin, Bobby Shiflett, Jennifer Skates, Kenneth Shiflett, Andrew Reid

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Dec 202015
 

By Bobby Shiflett

I always love writing that first blog post to get the ball rolling. I get to stare at a white screen and try to think of something interesting to say. Be that as it may, I will start this one by saying Welcome! We are The Other Day and we are proud to be a band based in Birmingham, Alabama …and Huntsville …and Albertville.

Welcome to Birmingham

Welcome to Birmingham

In Birmingham the music scene has soared to prominence with a number of fantastic bands and venues suddenly appearing. For years, if we wanted a chance of seeing some great shows our only choice was “The Nick.” It has been called “Birmingham’s dirty little secret,” and “the CBGB of the South.”  For decades it has been a sort of spooky oasis in a musical desert where unseemly things happen in the wee hours …but it has its charm. Then along came The Bottle Tree in 2006 which placed a premium on aesthetics. It was run by Merrilee Challiss and Brian Teasley, the drummer for “Man or Astro-man?” They understand “cool,” and that’s what The Bottletree came to epitomize. The Emmy award winning show,”We Have Signal” was done there and the establishment brought a number of excellent shows and contributed mightily to raising the Magic City’s musical profile.  Another factor in Birmingham’s musical ascension can be attributed to Birmingham artists who did well on shows like “American Idol,” where Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard became household names. The world is also becoming aware of Alabama’s rich musical legacy thanks to artists like The Alabama Shakes, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and even Drive-by Truckers who have never been able to completely sever their Alabama roots.  Most recently another of Birmingham’s own, Oteil Burbridge, who had already made his bones playing with The Allman Brothers & Aquarium Rescue Unit, has joined Dead and Company; the band that has risen from the ashes of The Grateful Dead.
Now days Birmingham has a thriving music scene with clubs like Iron City and Saturn; both of which have already hosted some memorable and even legendary shows. Saturn is Brian Teasley’s newest venue after the closing of the Bottletree in March of 2015. The newly restored Lyric Theater has just released its first roster of shows beginning January 2016, and it is already clear that this is going to be a first rate venue as well.
Some readers may be starting to wonder why we would start our first blog post bragging about the Alabama music scene instead of telling you all about ourselves and pushing our music on you. Is this just some sort of shameless name dropping session for SEO purposes?  Well …no. If that were the case then we would have had to drop so many names: Sun Ra, Emmylou Harris, Lionel Richie, W.C. Handy,  Lionel Hampton, Erskine Hawkins, Nat King Cole, & Cleveland Eaton… and so many other lights in our local firmament.  We would have cited the amazing contributions our little part of the world has made to jazz & blues and also pointed proudly at Muscle Shoals. All kidding aside, The Other Day is a product of this fertile, burgeoning musical scene. Even though The Other Day is relatively new, the members of this band have been a part of this scene since way before there was a scene to be a part of. It’s in our DNA and our DNA is in this scene. We forge our music from the diverse elements from which it arises and even seek to add some other more “exotic” elements into the mix …hence our love for mingling bossa nova, samba and other more Latin elements into a musical milieu already rich in everything from rock and roll, blues, jazz, folk and country.  It explains our eclectic attitude and why The Other Day still has a touch of twang mixed in with the Latin and Smooth Jazz-Retro Pop patina of our current batch of songs.  The richness of our musical environment inspires and nourishes The Other Day –from the sci-fi/surf of Man or Astro-man?, the smokey smoothness of Nat King Cole, the sweet southern charm of Emmy Lou Harris and the lonesome wail of Brittany Howard–  The Other Day embraces all of this and we can’t begin our own story without telling the story of what is around us and inspires us.  ….So once again: Welcome! & Enjoy!

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