Review by Stanley Johnson
The Chronicles brought an excellent mix of jazz, blues, funk, rock and more to the Riverlink Park on a beautiful Saturday evening along the banks of the Mohawk River.
The seven-member group performed a number of tracks from their debut album, The Chronicles, as well as selections from their upcoming October release, Spanning the Gap, produced by Soulive’s Alan Evans.
Saxophonist Jeff Nania dueled with trombonist Bryan Brundige. Justin Hendricks bent hard, rapid-fire guitar licks as Tyrone Hartzog provided honey-smooth vocals over a bed of percolating funk provided by drummer Andrae Surgick, percussionist Lex Schmidt and bassist Daniel Lawson.
In addition to their fine original compositions, the band played some covers, including an arrangement of Grover Washington’s “Mr. Magic,” as well as a jazzy take on Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
The Riverlink Park Concert Series wraps up for the summer with one last show at 7pm on Saturday (August 31) featuring the dance rhythms of the Caribbean and the spicy Latin sounds of Tropic Rhythm. Admission is free.
And the Chronicles will be doing their funky thing at the free Final Stretch Music Festival in downtown Saratoga Springs on Saturday and Sunday (August 31 & September 1).