Powder Blue Tux'Container Zero' b/w 'MayfairRelease Date: November 2016 Powder Blue Tux is the creative outlet for Barney Hurley, former writer and producer behind SamuelPurdey, who back in 1999 released their one and only album, the critically acclaimed "Musically Adrift". A lost classic, that was distinguished by its soulful, melodic fusion of west coast influences that could be traced back to the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and Earth, Wind & Fire.Fast forward seventeen years and you might say the remnants of the 'Purdey Phoenix' are rising from the ashes once again. This time Hurley, the driving force behind that band, has put together his new creative project titled Powder Blue Tux, with theaim of bringing together some of the finest west coast musicians to immerse themselves in two tracks that draw their influence from those immaculate grooves and rhythmic sensitivities of Steely Dan, and the result is one of this years most anticipated EP releases on Preservation Records, 'Container Zero' b/w 'Mayfair'. 'Container Zero' features Peter Erskine honing a pulsating groove on drums. Steely Dan's legend on the horns, the fluid Michael Leonhart weaves his magic on both tracks and with Jay Graydon adding his guitar solo in the middle eight for good measure, it feels like a lost outtake from an album that Samuel Purdey should have gone on to make. Mixed by Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan/Eagles/Fleetwood Mac) and Bob Power (Pat Metheny/Chaka Khan/D'Angelo).
'Mayfair' was also mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer Bob Power and mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, NYC, and features top session musicians including legendary guitarist Elliott Randall and Walt Weiskopf (The Steely Dan Horns). Vocals are courtesy of former Corduroy front man Ben Addison, with his brother Scott on backing vocals, piano and synths. Both tracks were produced by Hurley in London, NYC & Los Angeles.
A dream follow up from Samuel Purdey's main man Barney Hurley with this new Powder Blue Tux track 'Container Zero' . Smoothly driven by Peter Erskine, all the time in control, as Michael Leonhart on horns punches and stabs his way through the most exquisite groove you'll hear this summer. And when Jay Graydon finally unleashes one of the best west coast guitar solos you are ever likely to hear, you know your deep within a quiet storm of epic proportions. This is quality music made by some of the best musicians in the world and not to be missed. West Coast Music Magazine 100% recommended... - Nick MawsonEditor in Chief - Westcoast Magazine
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