Mojo Mancini is a group of New York City musicians formed out of long standing friendships, hours spent on stages and in studios and a desire to play music with no other agenda than having fun and being musically in the moment.
The music on this CD is taken from three nights of recording at a studio on Gansevoort Street in New York City. All but two of the selections were composed spontaneously at the sessions. The approach to the recordings was simple: one musician would start a rhythmic, harmonic, melodic or sonic idea and eventually the other muscians would fall in, searching, defining, experimenting, pushing, laying low, creating melodies, harmonies and grooves. If an idea resonated, we would go with it. Rick DePofi then took on the herculean task of sifting through the hours of performances and editting them down to the 'compositions' you now hear.
This music belongs to no particular genre or pre-conceived musical category. It is simply what five very different musicians brought to three extremely enjoyable nights.
John Leventhal - 2010
Mojo Mancini is:
Rick DePofi - John Leventhal - Shawn Pelton - Brian Mitchell - Conrad Korsch
An abbreviated list of the band's collective credits includes the following artists:
David Byrne, Michelle Branch, Rosanne Cash, Ray Charles, Marc Cohn, Shawn Colvin, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Buddy Guy, Charlie Haden, Levon Helm, Bruce Hornsby, Paul McCartney, Ingrid Michaelson, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Joan Osborne, Dolly Parton, Regina Spektor, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, and many others.