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Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon


REVEREND ZEN - Song of the Year ABC Radio's Fame Games Effigy Awards - Spain / Artist & Song of the Year LA Music Awards / Golden Wave Artist of the Year Award - Denver / ASCAP Plus Award - NYC / Best Song Nominee Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Magdalena
4:41 $0.99
2. Bad Attitude
4:35 $0.99
3. Don't Try To Tell Me
4:18 $0.99
4. The Boston Shakedown
4:09 $0.99
5. Only A Fool
4:46 $0.99
6. My Sigmund Freud
4:42 $0.99
7. Her Love
5:12 $0.99
8. Dangerous Times
3:12 $0.99
9. Boy Genius
4:45 $0.99
10. The One In Love
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Album Notes

"REVEREND ZEN’s debut album Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon is simply a very good record."


"Great songwriting, lyrics and arrangements by REVEREND ZEN."


"Reverend Zen sounds like a killer band that's tight, full of energy and swing, highly accomplished and credible."


"The album is one of the year’s most interesting and its overall excellence demands repeated listening. If you want some adventurous rock/jazz/r&b check out Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon by REVEREND ZEN."


"I don't think there's one duff track on this entire cd. Rest assured we'll being playing Reverend Zen on Celtica Radio for a very long time."



2017 Winner Jango Radio's Summer Song Contest (NYC)
2016 Semi Finalist Award Australia Song Contest (Sydney)
2016 Runner Up Award Song of the Year Contest (Houston)
2015 Finalist Award Great American Song Contest (Portland)
2015 Semi Finalist Award UK Song Contest (London)
2011-12 ASCAP Plus Award (NYC)
2010-11 ASCAP Plus Award (NYC)
2010 Semi Finalist Award UK Song Contest (London)
2009-10 Artist of the Year Nominee Effigy Awards Fame Games ABC Radio Networks (Spain)
2009-10 Song of the Year Nominee Effigy Awards Fame Games ABC Radio Networks (Spain)
7 Finalist Awards 2009-10 Effigy Awards Fame Games ABC Radio Networks (Spain)
2009-10 ASCAP Plus Award (NYC)
2009 Semi Finalist Award UK Song Contest (London)
2009 Semi Finalist Award Australia Song Contest (Sydney)
2008-09 Artist of the Year Nominee Effigy Awards Fame Games ABC Radio Networks (Spain)
7 Finalist Awards 2008-09 Effigy Awards Fame Games ABC Radio Networks (Spain)
2 Finalist Awards 2008-09 Unisong International Song Contest (LA)
2008-09 ASCAP Plus Award (NYC)
2008 Golden Wave Artist of the Year Award (Denver)
2008 Best Song Nominee Los Angeles Music Awards (LA)
2008 Best Song Nominee Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards (Toronto)
2008 Finalist Award France's 100% Song Contest (Paris)
2 Semi Finalist Awards France's 2008 100% Song Contest (Paris)
3 Semi Finalist Awards 2008 UK Song Contest (London)
2008 Semi Finalist Award Australia Song Contest (Sydney)
2007-08 Song of the Year Effigy Awards Fame Games ABC Radio Networks (Spain)
2007-08 Artist of the Year Nominee Effigy Awards Fame Games ABC Radio Networks (Spain)
5 Finalist Awards 2007-08 Effigy Awards Fame Games ABC Radio Networks (Spain)
2 Finalist Awards 2007-08 Unisong International Song Contest (LA)
2007-08 ASCAP Plus Award (NYC)
2007 Artist of the Year Los Angeles Music Awards (LA)
2007 Song of the Year Los Angeles Music Awards (LA)
4 Best Song Nominations 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards (LA)
2007 Artist of the Year WCH Radio (St. Louis)
2006 Bronze Artist Award RGW Radio (Norfolk, UK)
2006 Finalist Award VH1 Song of the Year Contest (Houston-NYC)
5 Runner Up Awards 2006 VH1 Song of the Year Contest (Houston-NYC)


New York's award winning band Reverend Zen returns in Fall 2015 with the tandem release of their ten song video collection "Reverend Zen The Videos" and their upcoming single "Magdalena - New Wings".

"Magdalena New Wings" is the story of a loner and a woman personified as an angel. Through Magdalena's words and honesty the man's defenses for living a life of solitude fall away. In the end they become lovers. The song is memorable and uplifting with concise verses, a majestic chorus and rhythmic backbone, reflecting the band's trademark rock, blues, jazz sound.

Reverend Zen's video collection spans the band's recordings from 2006-2015. It was inspired by the box constructions and collages of New York visual artist Joseph Cornell, 1903-1972. Bandleader Jack Evans recalls, "Years ago a friend took me to a Cornell retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was incredible. His box collections and collages was a world distantly magical, beautifully quirky and nostalgically "home"."

"Magdalena" was originally on the band's 2006 cd but recored a few years prior to that on 24 track analog tape. Evans relates, "It was among the first songs we ever recorded." Working on the band's video collection gave Evans the opportunity to rearrange, re-record and remix "Magdalena". He continues, "I always thought it was a strong song, but the arrangement and recording mix could be improved. So my recording engineer, who's like wonder boy, cleaned things up sonically. Then we took away some old tracks and added some new tracks." When they finished an old friend had a new set of clothes. They named the 2015 reboot "Magdalena New Wings".

Evans states, "For the past nine or ten years people would ask about Reverend Zen videos but we'd never gotten around to doing any. With music video sites having such prominence now I tried to think of a creative way of doing an entire series of song videos."
He envisioned the concept of treating each video storyboard like a Cornell box construction or collage. Photos objects and scenes create collages out of each video's frame, reflecting the songs' stories and emotions.

Joseph Cornell may have served Evans as an artistic inspiration but personal events inspired him as well. "I did the ten videos in my spare time over a nine month period. My mother was ill and dying part of that time. Any hours I spent on the videos felt almost therapeutic. She was very loving and brave right to the end. Witnessing her strength and spirit served as inspiration."

Reverend Zen first appeared on the music scene with their cd Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon. Alison Hammond of top twenty, triple a station WMVY, Martha's Vineyard remarked, "These songs are full of great, varied, serious messages in colorful, creative lyrics. A wonderful album full of fabulous tracks." The independent release had longevity. From 2006-2012 the band received seventy music industry awards and airplay around the globe in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and Japan.

"The Boston Shakedown" received five Finalist Awards, 2007/08 Song of the Year from ABC Radio Networks Fame games Effigy Awards in Spain. Those were followed by seven Finalist Awards, 2008/09 Effigy Awards Best Artist Nomination. At the 2009/10 Effigy Awards the band received nine Finalist Awards, Best Artist Nomination, Best Song Nomination for "Boy Genius". Fames Games Effigy Awards producer and host Paul Sedowsk stated, They are a killer band. Tight, full of energy and swing, highly accomplished and credible. One of our all time favorites."

In Hollywood Reverend Zen received four Best Song Nominations, "Bad Attitude", "The Boston Shakedown", "Dangerous Times", "Don't Try To Tell Me" from the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards. "Bad Attitude" won Best Song, the band won Best Artist. "Her Love", "Bad Attitude" picked up Best Song Nominations from the 2008 LA Music Awards, 2008 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards
respectively. In Denver the group was named the Golden Wave Music Awards 2008 Artist of the Year.

Carmen Allgood, Golden Wave Music Awards founder and host of worldwide syndicated radio shows The Colorado Wave, Indie Music Wave remarked, "Reverend Zen's Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon ranks as one of the best indie albums of the decade." Back in Los Angeles at Indie 104 - iRadio LA, a New Music Weekly Station of the Year, the band was one of its most requested artists in 2007, 2008.

There were more European accolades. In 2008 "Bad Attitude", "The Boston Shakedown" were Semi Finalists, "Dangerous Times" a Finalist in France's !00% Song Contest in Paris. In London, from 2008-2010, the band picked up six Semi Finalist Awards from the BBC sponsored UK Song Contest for "Bad Attitude", "the Boston Shakedown", "Don't Try To Tell Me", "Her Love", "The One In Love". Around the world in Sydney they were Semifinalists in 2008, 2009 Australia Song Contests for "Bad Attitude", "Her Love".

Back in the United States "Bad Attitude", "Magdalena", "Boy Genius", "My Sigmund Freud", received Finalist Awards from 2007/08,
2008/09 Unisong International Song Contests in LA. There were multiple awards from the 2006 Billboard World Song Contest, 2006
Mid Atlantic Song Contest in Washington, DC, 2007 Singer-Songwriter Awards in London. Add to those WCH Radio's 2007 Artist of the Year Awards in St .Louis and RGW Radio's 2006 Bronze Artist Award in Norfolk, England.

At New York's WAER 88. 3 FM in Syracuse, Music Director Eric Cohen commented, "Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon from Reverend Zen blows me away. This an amazing album with some incredible musicians to boot." Farther south in Virginia, WRRW 100.7FM remarked, "We believe in what Reverend Zen's music is all about, with their unique sound and songwriting."

From 2008-2012 Reverend Zen singer and songwriter Jack Evans was the recipient of five ASCAP Plus Awards in NYC. Preceding those honors the group took home five Runner Up Awards, "Bad Attitude", "Billy & the Secret Brotherhood", "The Boston Shakedown", "Fingerprints", "Magdalena", as "Dangerous Times" won Finalist honors from VH1's 2006 Song of the Year Contest.

The VH1 panel remarked, "Listening to these songs you're drawn in by their unique, vivid mirrors of human nature and emotion. Their lyrics and arrangements have the power to make you remember both the songs and their performances. The music has standout guitar that's perfectly executed and first rate production. Above all this music is straight from the heart."

REVEREND ZEN The Videos contains ten newly created videos of their songs from 2006-2015. It includes award winners "Bad Attitude", "The Boston Shakedown", "Dangerous Times" and the single "Magdalena New Wings".


Jack Evans - lead vocals, background vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion, co writer, arranging.

Rob Aries - keyboards (John Scofield, Donald Harrison, Bill Evans, Dennis Chambers, Average White Band, Creed Taylor, Freddie Jackson).

Kjell Benner - bass (Patti La Belle, Arlen Roth).

Chris Carter - guitar (Art Neville, Solomon Burke, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, NYC's Uptown Horns Revue, Joan Osborne).

Margaret Dorn - background vocals (Michael McDonald, Celine Dion, Boz Scaggs, Diana Ross, Bette Midler, Manhattan Transfer, Donald Fagen).

Rudy Feinauer - drums (George Russell, Jimmy Guiffre, David Mann, Syndicate of Soul).

James Gerard - keyboards, bass, co writer, arranging.

Sherryl Marshall - background vocals (John Medeski, NYC’s Uptown Horns Revue, RuPaul, Buster Poindexter, Joni Mitchell, Jane Siberry, Ashford & Simpson, Albert Collins).

Nick Moroch - guitar (David Sanborn, Donald Fagen, Chaka Khan, Dennis Chambers, Madonna, Bob James, Luther Vandross, Lenny White, David Bowie).

Gil Parris - guitar (Bob James, David Mann, Dr. John, David Sanborn, Toni Braxton, Paul Schaeffer, Syndicate of Soul, Diane Schur, Keith Carlock).

Kip Sophos - bass (Nile Rodgers, Bob James, Chuck Loeb, Keith Carlock, David Mann).

Vannese Thomas - background vocals (Sting, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Annie Lennox, Joe Cocker, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Pearl Jam, Donald Fagen, John Scofield, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Milton Nascimento, Bonnie Raitt, Lenny Kravitz, Aerosmith, Joss Stone, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan)

Soozie Tyrell - background vocals (Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Judy Collins, Buster Poindexter, Carole King, John Hammond, Shawn Colvin).

Chris Vitarello - guitar (Jimmy McGriff, Arlen Roth, Roxy Perry).



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Michael L. Tourville

Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon
The music is original and unique. It's kind of a mix between Steely Dan and Edwin McCain. I think I'll like it more as I listen to it.

Sally O'Brien

Reverend Zen strikes a fresh chord with every song
Magdalena is a wonderous friend, The Boston Shakedown is one naughty temptation, and Her Love is so restrained. This cd rocks; you'll listen to it again and again.