Victor Janusz Band | Living in a Blue State

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Living in a Blue State

by Victor Janusz Band

VJ Band fuses classic rock, blues, and founder-Pianoman Vic's jazz-piano roots in a lively eclectic sound, the group celebrates original compositions mixed with jazz standards and blues-rock hits, as well!
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. French Kiss
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2. Living in a Blue State
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3. Never Cry Again
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4. Besame Mucho
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5. The Long Honeymoon
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6. The Bones of Richard III
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7. Dear Heart
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8. A Song to Love
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9. Should I Ever Love Again
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10. Still I Reach for You
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11. Good Morning Heratache
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12. French Kiss (Reprise)
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13. That's All
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14. A Song to Love (Solo Version) [Bonus Track]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Living In A Blue State" Victor Janusz's third collection of music, this time out with his full VJ BAND in studio, with such notable NW all-stars as jazz saxophonist MARK TAYLOR, Lead guitarist SPENCER HOVESKELAND, Bassisst DAVE PASCAL, Clarinetist/Accordionist ROB WITMER, drummer STEVE BANKS, and Singer ANGIE LOUISE on two duets (the bossa nova "Never Cry Again" by East Coast tunesmith Patrick Arena and Vic's own "The Bones Of Richard III"). Dusty 45's frontman BILLY JOE HUELS (trumpet) guests on two tracks --including the title rocker-- and STEVE WHITE (bongos/congas) of BLUEMAN GROUP-fame joins the fun. JANUSZ steps up as a songwriter displaying his versatility with the hard-driving title-track, to the jaunty waltz about the just-discovered bones of Shakespeare's villain, the romantic bossas "Song To Love" and "French Kiss" to the stark, elegiac rock-ballad "Still I Reach For You". Beautifully engineerred and recorded in two of Seattle's top studios: Dubtrain and SophiaHat.

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Peggy Monroe

Love the Blue State!
Living in a Blue State is a lovely package of songs that vibrate in the heart--Victor's warm, intimate baritone is backed with his sure touch on the piano, another contrasting voice and a spot-on band. The songs are expressive, haunting and driving. . .sometimes all at once. Loved the Richard III and (sigh!) Besame Mucho!
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Eddy

A Tour de Force!
Whoa! Mr. Janusz has outdone himself . . . with the help of his sensational band. The level of vocal and songwriting talent on display is astounding, and the band's performance -- especially Mark Taylor on sax -- is lush and engulfing. It's like caviar for the ears! I defy anyone to listen to Janusz and his band's version of Bessame Mucho and not feel like grabbing the first hottie in sight. Janusz' voice has only gotten richer and more velvety with time. Every son on this fabulous, fun, and sensual album is proof of that!
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Tommy Wallach

A Great Combo of Theatrical Flair and Jazz Chops
Victor and his killer collection of musicians create an eclectic and consistently entertaining mash-up of jazz, blues, and theatrical whimsy (for the last, see the duet "The Bones of Richard III"). A great time all the way through.
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Jayne

Seattle continues to be a hotbed of music
Ever since the garage bands of my youth in the 60s with the Liberty Five and the Sonics my personal favs, I've been amazed at Seattle's insistence at making music. While gigging with the best of Seattle's musicians for the last 20 years Victor Janusz has continued to morph and refine his sound . His theatricality mixed with a plethora of genres and some funkadelic and Weill thrown in for good measure, he has created a fabulous journey of musicality. Excellence and precision has always been his hallmark and it certainly is present here, front and center . So be grateful you can make this "Blue State" your own !!!
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David Moggia

Definitely worth a listen, or 20.
From the first licks of “French Kiss”, my ears were wet like they'd just come up for breath from a passionate lip lock. This opening track asks, “Are you ready for my love?”, and I hope you are.
Love songs comprise a majority of the album, but Janusz' playful wit takes the spotlight in the jaunty lyrics and arrangement of “The Bones Of Richard III”, (which makes me feel the most enjoyable kind of dorky) and the rambunctious title track, Living In A Blue State, which any Billy Joel fan would love. He can be tongue in cheek at times, but the theatrical flare feels slightly more sincere than overtly, beat you over the head campy.
The Long Honeymoon (by Elvis Costello) was not initially one of my favorite songs, but Janusz' voice on this song just melts me; my favorite vocal performance on the album. The more I listen to this CD, I find myself enjoying it more than the time before. “Living In A Blue State” by The Victor Janusz Band will be living in my stereo for quite a while.
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Kelly Hughes

Blue moods...and more!
While I prefer listening to Victor Janusz "live" in a dark Seattle bar, Living in a Blue State is the next best thing. I like its immediacy. And Janusz surrounds himself with an impressive group of musicians while keeping the focus on his expressive vocals. Highlights include the upbeat title track (with some rockin' guitar work), the sentimental That's All, the Latin-tinged Besame Mucho, and the original composition The Bones of Richard III which evokes Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht (by way of a Renaissance Faire.) A rich variety of songs that will take you on a satisfying journey.
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