Sessions

nick vernier band SessionsNick Vernier Band is an alias (and anagram) for music productions by Eric Van Den Brink. Featured collaborators include Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson Band), Matt Malley (Counting Crows), Gerry Beckley (America) with Jeffrey Foskett (Brian Wilson Band), Emitt Rhodes, Stephen John Kalinich (lyricist for Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, a.o.), Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention/Matthews Southern Comfort), Paul Jones (Manfred Mann), Duncan Maitland, The Monkees, Iason Chronis, and Janaki, among others. Van Den Brink is also producer of Nick Vernier Band-mixes for Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band. Other associations include recordings with Jan Akkerman, Colin Blunstone, Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema (Pizza Delivery Boys), Ian Gillan, and Herman Brood with Hans Dulfer, Candy Dulfer, Nina Hagen, Trijntje Oosterhuis, and Dick Dale. Nick Vernier Band´s “Sessions”-album is available on iTunes.

Track Listing

I’m Your Kingpin” (P. Jones/M. Mann) – The album’s opening track showcases some excellent harmonica playing by Paul Jones. Jones also featured on the original version of this British Blues classic. Line-up: Eric Van Den Brink: instruments, vocals / Paul Jones: harmonica / Sal Giorgianni: tenor sax

I Send Up My Prayer” (P. Gregory) – Rich in melody and musical texture, “I Send Up My Prayer” can’t help but hint at its Californian origin. A fascinating song, yet very accessible. Line-up: Probyn Gregory: harmonica, lead vocal / Eric Van Den Brink: instruments, background vocals


Probyn Gregory talking about “I Send Up My Prayer” and “Sessions”

Time Will Show The Wiser” (E. Rhodes) – Both Emitt Rhodes and Iain Matthews previously recorded this Rhodes-original early on in their careers, the song being starting points as well as signature works for The Merry-Go-Round and Fairport Convention respectively. This new recording unites the two singers in an Indian musical setting. Line-up: Eric Van Den Brink: instruments, vocals / Iain Matthews: lead vocals / Emitt Rhodes: vocals / Matt Malley: mohan veena / Iason Chronis: violin

Mister Bob” (E. Van Den Brink/M. Dolenz/D. Jones/P. Tork/M. Nesmith) – “Mister Bob” features the voices of The Monkees. It’s a new song produced under license from Rhino Entertainment, containing vocal samples from the band’s recording “Zilch”. Line-up: Micky Dolenz: vocal / Davy Jones: vocal / Peter Tork: vocal / Michael Nesmith: vocal / Eric Van Den Brink: instruments, background vocals

You’re Wrong” (P. Jones) – The first studio rendition of an up-tempo ‘foot tapper’ previously performed by Paul Jones in concert only. Line-up: Paul Jones: harmonica, vocal / Eric Van Den Brink: instruments

La Tête Bat” (E. Van Den Brink/Cucchilou) – Guitars galore and a funky drum track lay the foundation of the French song within this collection. An Oriental flavour surfaces in the song’s coda. Line-up: Eric Van Den Brink: instruments, vocals / Abe Laboriel Jr.: drums (courtesy of Spectrasonics) / Chanteuse Girl: vocal / Atsuko Kurokawa: vocal

Now Sue” (G. Beckley) – This piece of ‘new millennium Country Rock’ offers an up-tempo approach to an original ballad by Gerry Beckley, who sings lead here. Also adding his distinguishable vocal touch is Jeffrey Foskett. Line-up: Gerry Beckley: lead vocals, background vocals / Jeffrey Foskett: background vocals / Eric Van Den Brink: instruments, additional background vocals

On 42nd Street” (E. Van Den Brink/E.H. Roelfzema) – A jazzy ballad with lyrics by poet E.H. Roelfzema, painting a picture of desolation amid a New York night scene. Line-up: Eric Van Den Brink: instruments, lead vocal / Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema: harmonica, spoken vocal / Frank Verhey: piano / Carl Fischer: trumpet

You’re Wrong Again” (P. Jones) – The alternate version of “You’re Wrong” sees more of a bluesy, sultry kind of approach to the song. Line-up: Paul Jones: harmonica, vocal / Eric Van Den Brink: instruments

Agaraga” (E. Van Den Brink/adapted from a Traditional bhajan by Mansur Mastana) – An Indian flavored piece of World/Rave music, offering an interesting fusion of musical blends. Incorporating Hindi vocals, violin, mohan veena and sitars, it ranges ‘from devotional to dance’. Line-up: Janaki: vocals / Eric Van Den Brink: instruments / Iason Chronis: violin / Matt Malley: mohan veena

Bob’s Day Off” (E. Van Den Brink) – An instrumental bonus track. Line-up: Eric Van Den Brink: instruments

all selections arranged & produced by Eric Van Den Brink

Music Publishers: 1: Coppa Music Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Ltd. [prs]; 2: Red Eft Music [bmi]/Brinker Music Publishing [stemra]; 3: Emitt R. Music/Almo Music [ascap]; 4: Brinker Music Publishing [stemra]/Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc. [bmi]; 5 & 9: Hornall Brothers Music Ltd. [prs]; 6, 10 & 11: Brinker Music Publishing [stemra]; 7: Human Nature Music [ascap]; 8: Brinker Music Publishing [stemra]/E.H. Roelfzema [stemra]

Recording engineers include Matt Malley, Julia Wolff, Hank Linderman, Bill Gautier, Coen Berrier, Hank Cicalo, Chip Douglas, and Dan Duskin.

Other Nick Vernier Band-releases include:

yopob 7 SessionsThe Sun Is Down! (Nick Vernier Band Mix)” (E. Van Den Brink/Y. Ono) – A remix (including all new music) of a track from the 2009 album by Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band. Line-up: Yoko Ono: lead vocals / Eric Van Den Brink: instruments, cameo vocals / Sal Giorgianni: tenor sax / Carl Fischer: trumpet

Hope” (E. Van Den Brink/S. Kalinich) – “Hope” is a song written with Stephen Kalinich, lyricist for Dennis Wilson, Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney, among others. Line-up: Eric Van Den Brink: instruments, vocals / Duncan Maitland: instruments, vocals

Woodstock” (J. Mitchell) – 40th anniversary version of the song. Line-up: Eric Van Den Brink: instruments, vocals / Iain Matthews: lead vocal

World Headlines” (E. Van Den Brink) – A reflection on (and of) day-to-day world news. It’s been described as an ‘anthem-like marching song’. Line-up: Eric Van Den Brink: instruments, vocals / Atsuko Kurokawa: vocal / Chanteuse Girl: vocal

all selections arranged & produced by Eric Van Den Brink

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