Living It Up in the New World
"Blue Number Nine's music is simultaneously fresh and retro; it's a brilliant blend that's fun and funky. Great horns, killer grooves, and lots of style." - M. Hill, Tonight on the Radio. Like their last CD, the band's fourth release was created in the group's newly refurbished "Concussion Studios". After revamping the studio, bandleader Stefanie Seskin, first produced another band (BELT) on her "check other records" label, with bn9's Marco Accattatis and Jack Gourdine as studio musicians. Upon it's completion, Seskin began producing bn9's project, with BELT's vocalists singing some backups. Always resourceful, Seskin also created the artwork, with input from close friends. With dynamic horn arrangements, the powerful first track "Don't Let Them", written by Seskin and Accattatis, inspires the listener to speak his or her own mind. "Love the Beat" is a funky uptempo dance tune that builds in intensity and leaves the listener unable to sit still. "When I Wake Up" is a sweet soulful number with interesting horn arrangements by Accattatis. The last song on the CD, "I'm in Debt", inspired primarily by Seskin's student loan debt (she has an MA in Media Studies from New School University), is over 8 minutes long. Seskin originally wanted to fade the song out, but the musicians, especially the horn players, put so much energy and excitement into the extended jam (done in one take) that she decided to leave it up to the listener whether to let it roll or to hit "stop'.