It’s been more than four decades since drummer/producer Bobby Colomby and friends assembled the first group to successfully blend rock and jazz into a genre-crossing sound and style.So successfully, in fact, that the band’s second album, Blood, Sweat & Tears, topped the Billboard charts, beat out the Beatles Abbey Road for Grammy Album of the Year, and produced three major hit singles“You Made me so Very Happy”, “Spinning Wheel”, “And When I Die”.
But now Colomby is looking for much more as he develops Blood Sweat & Tears into a contemporary voice, one that reaches beyond a single, nostalgic audience.
“I no longer want to target just one generation,” he says.“That would be a mistake. With this updated version, I want to gain a wider audience.I want people, of all ages, to come and say, ‘I have to bring more friends here; they’ve got to see this band.”
Will Blood, Sweat & Tears have any of the original members?
“Not a chance,” says Colomby.“When you’re at a Yankee game you do not expect to see Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.They’re not going to be there.But what you will see is a top-notch brand, the pinstripes, and the best possible combination of players on the field to represent the Yankee legend.So that when the Yankees play magnificently and win, no one’s going to say, “Where’s the Bambino:Where’s Mickey Mantle?”
Colomby also describes the instrumental players chosen for Blood, Sweat & Tears in glowing terms.“The band, man for man, pound for pound, is better than the original B, S & T.,” he says.“Without a doubt.They’re a ridiculously talented bunch,The drummer’s better than I am, or was.”
Strong praise, coming from a musician/producer/manager who knows a winner when he sees it.Colomby’s resume includes initiating significant career achievements for Jaco Pastorious, the Jacksons and Harry Connick Jr., among others .As well as his management and production of trumpeter Chris Botti – currently the America’s most successful instrumentalist and winner of 2013 Grammy for "Best Instramental Pop Album" produced by Bobby Colomby.
“The original B, S &T,” adds Colomby, “was designed to introduce jazz to pop music.That was my passion… it still is and will be with Blood, Sweat & Tears.Always mindful that the presentation must be on a very high musical level.”
Toward that end, Blood, Sweat & Tears band will perform their hits with spirit, excitement and with steller musicianship.The band will also introduce some new elements into every performance, including a segment devoted to “Songs We Wish We’d Recorded,” done in classic B,S & T style.
Bobby Colomby’s enthusiastic comments underscore his excitement about the future. The arrival ofBlood, Sweat & Tears is the next chapter in a musical tale that stretches from the creativity and turbulence of the late ‘60s to the swiftly changing world of the 21st century.The next invigorating phase in the continuing adventures of B, S & T is about to begin.