Friday, August 11, 6pm at Copperfield’s Books | RSVP for free event |
Bond like you’ve never heard it before!
The Secret Agent Band plays the music of Bond (James Bond), shaken and stirred. Led by drummer Akira Tana, his team includes Nashville-based vocalist Annie Sellick with James Mahone on sax, Jeff Massanari on guitar, and Midori Ono, organ.
Says Tana, “The music from the films of James Bond are a perfect vehicle for jazz interpretation. The tunes are globally recognized and are very accessible to listeners not familiar with the jazz idiom.”
As Andrew Gilbert explains in the Mercury News (6/24/16):
Tana traces the origins of the Bond project back more than two decades, to when he was in Japan recording the album “Secret Agent Men,” featuring Hammond B-3 legend Dr. Lonnie Smith (just named a 2017 NEA Jazz Master). Interpreting TV and film themes such as “Mission: Impossible,” “In The Heat of the Night” and “Charade” as soul jazz, the project whetted Tana’s appetite for other overlooked material in the same vein.
[Later he} plunged into the world of Bond songs with his 2011 album “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (Sons of Sound) — which features lush arrangements by Larry Dunlap that reimagine “Nobody Does It Better,” “Live and Let Die” and “Goldfinger” with Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean grooves. For a couple of years after its release, Tana performed with a seven-piece version of the Secret Agent Band. But when the time felt right to revisit the material, he created a sleek, soulful new version of the group with a smaller, more flexible lineup.
“What strikes me about this music is that it’s timeless,” Tana says. “The band is smaller now. Without the bass and percussion, it makes us more of a straight-ahead jazz organ quintet, as opposed to the more elaborate production of the album. I love Larry’s arrangements, but with less orchestrating, the whole band feels looser to me.”
Free event at Copperfield’s Books, 850 Fourth Street, San Rafael