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The John Brown EP

by Jay Collins

Sax-man, singer, and songwriter Jay Collins, from the bands of Gregg Allman and Levon Helm, is back with five new original songs, crafted in the Catskill Mountains of NY with his new group, The Northern Resistance.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Your Mouth Is Writing Checks
4:26 album only
2. Keep Moving Along
5:19 album only
3. John Brown
7:33 album only
4. Love That's True
4:43 album only
5. Re-Born
4:10 album only


Album Notes
One of the most sought-after touring musicians in American music, Jay Collins is best known for his saxophone
and flute work with many artists including Gregg Allman, Allman Brothers Band, Levon Helm (of The Band),
Donald Fagen and the Dukes of September (w/ Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs), James Hunter, and jazz greats
such as the late Andrew Hill, Jacky Terrasson, and the late bassist LeRoy Vinnegar.
Mr. Collins played on 2 Grammy-winning recordings with Mr. Helm, a platinum-selling DVD
with the Allman Brothers Band (Live at the Beacon Theater), and was a featured soloist on
Gregg Allman’s recent (2014) spectacular live CD, “Back to Macon, GA” (Rounder).
Jay has also been “moon-lighting” as a singer-songwriter for years, but the secret is leaking out:
His songs are being admired and recorded by young musicians in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and beyond.
And on vocals, his granite pipes prompted Time Out NY to note that, “His soulful ‘croak’ definitely deserves to be heard!”
and Blues Revue said, “Jay Collins plays a hot saxophone, but he covers a lot more ground than that….”

After cutting his teeth in Portland, Oregon in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Jay Collins made the move to New York City
and quickly became a force to be reckoned with. His focus was hard-hitting instrumental jazz, as documented on his
first three albums as a leader: Uncommon Threads (Reservoir Music), Reality Tonic (Reservoir Music) and
Cross Culture (Blues Leaf). Along the way, Jay gained diversified experience as a sideman with some of New York City’s
best including pianists Andrew Hill, Jacky Terrasson, and Afro-Cuban drummer and clinician, Bobby Sanabria,
among many others.
“This robust tenor saxophonist is a great example of a player whose varied experiences nurture a deeper musical personality.”- Village Voice, NYC

In time, while remaining dedicated to playing his horns, Jay began to branch out into songwriting and singing. The new touring gig with Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band helped convince Jay to develop his singing voice further, and embrace a direction back towards blues-based rock. It was a natural move, for Jay had grown up playing along with his stepfather’s collection of records by Freddie King, Taj Mahal, Albert King and other blues legends. It was during this time he solidified his own group,
Jay Collins and the Kings County Band http://www.jaycollinsband.com In addition to his own group, and Mr. Allman’s Band, Jay regularly performed from 2006 to 2012 with the great Levon Helm (of The Band) at his famous Midnight Ramble Sessions in Woodstock, earning a spot as one of the principal horn arrangers and soloists in Mr. Helm’s respected group. He continues to perform at Helm’s Barn from time to time with the Levon Helm Studio band and with vocalist Amy Helm.
Jay met Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) in 2007 thru Ms Helm, and soon began playing saxophone in a super-group that Mr Fagen put together which featured Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs in addition to Mr Fagen himself and a great many members of the Steely Dan band. They called it “The Dukes of September”.
“Playing with musicians of that caliber helped me rise to another level of musicianship….”- Jay Collins
Jay’s 2010 recording with his own band, “Blues, Rivers, and Other People” featured Levon Helm on drums, Donald Fagen on piano, Scott Sharrard (Jay’s bandmate from the Gregg Allman group) on guitar, and Larry Campbell on mandolin, among many others….
"With a surprisingly gruff voice, he delivers his rollicking original tunes that blend the down-and-out sensibility of Tom Waits with the barrelhouse American roots sound of The Band.” -San Francisco Chronicle/Contra Costa Times (CA)

His newest group, Jay Collins and the Northern Resistance, is composed of the finest young rock and roll players in upstate NY. Their new release, “The John Brown EP”, came out in the fall of 2016. Produced by Olivier Chastan, the new EP was recorded direct to tape at Waterfront Studios in Hudson, NY. The studio resides in an old church with unique and beautiful acoustics reminiscent of the famed Abbey Road Studios, and boasts some of the finest vintage equipment available. For this recording Jay once again called on his band-mate from the Gregg Allman group, NYC guitarist Scott Sharrard, as well as the youthful sensation from Woodstock, guitarist and vocalist Connor Kennedy, along with the rest of the “Northern Resistance”. The EP finds Collins singing and playing at the top of his game with 5 new songs--short and straight to the point, including his ambitious and historical telling, “John Brown”.
In an era where most learn to play music in a school, Jay Collins is one of those rare musicians who mostly learned to play,
“on the bandstand”.



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