EVERYMAN is a group of musicians who intend to take the popular music genre in a new direction. Their sound incorporates elements of rock, jazz, blues, funk, soul, reggae and hip hop. John, Dylan and Allen have been together as EVERYMAN for over six years. Although they have been separated for periods of time due to individual musical and scholastic obligations, they remain dedicated to each other and to their never ending quest to achieve a higher state of musical nirvana in their next live performance. EVERYMAN has performed regularly at popular local venues and major music festivals in the Baltimore area and have recently appeared at several clubs in New York City. Their debut album 'Day by Day' represents their take on Modern Rock.
John Bimbiras: Guitar, lead vocals and Flute
Allen Branch: Percussion and Backup vocals
Dylan Kaminkow: Bass Guitar and Backup vocals
Special thanks to Mike Pope for keyboards on Perjury, The Way You Make Me Feel and Who I Need (Tonight) and for backup vocals on The Way You Make Me Feel. Also, special thanks to Tyler Buisch for percussion on Mr. Mole.
Word and Music to The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson. Words and Music to Mr. Mole, Perjury and Shake It by John Bimbiras and Dylan Kaminkow. All other material by John Bimbiras.
John Bimbiras was exposed to music at a very early age. Whether it was in the car or at home, his parents’ extensive vinyl and CD collection seemed to be always in use. John’s father played guitar and would frequently invite friends over for jam sessions. When John received his first electric guitar for his seventh birthday, it seemed only natural that he would quickly learn to play it. John, along with his father on bass, started his first band when he was eleven years old and was soon playing in local bars and festivals. At age 12, John became the frontman for a three piece blues group. For the next four years, they played almost every Saturday at the legendary Full Moon Saloon in Baltimore. John also began studying music theory and guitar with the internationally acclaimed composer, Larry Hoffman. He continued his lessons with Larry until he entered Towson University where he majored in Jazz Guitar Performance. At Towson, John studied directly under maestros Steve Herberman and Troy King and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. John’s influences include The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane.
When asked what motivated him to play music, Dylan Kaminkow said, “What made me want to play music is the sheer joy it brought me and because I needed an outlet to express myself in a way that other mediums didn’t allow. My father was a piano player in bar and wedding bands and had an extensive record collection. As I got older, I began to want to experiment with making music and not just enjoying it passively. I remember distinctly asking my father for a guitar for my tenth birthday, to which my dad replied, "You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a guitar player. You will never get any work. I’m gonna buy you a bass. Good bassists are hard to come by." And ever since I’ve been playing bass and loving it! Dylan is a graduate of the Baltimore School of the Arts where, in 2008, he was selected as Maryland’s All-State Bass player. He has studied with several world famous bassists such as Victor Wooten, Rufus Reed, Mike Pope, Steve Bailey and Chuck Rainey and is currently studying jazz at the City College of New York
directly under the world renowned bassist, John Patitucci. Dylan’s major influences are Jaco Pastorius, John Patitucci, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, James Brown, George Clinton, Pink Floyd and The Beatles.
Allen Bernard Branch was born and raised in Baltimore City and was the youngest in a family of seven. He grew up listening to rhythm & blues, gospel and soul music. During the summer, marching bands would often parade up and down his busy street. Witnessing the unity of the musicians and dancers captured Allen’s imagination and inspired his love for percussion. Allen has deep roots in gospel music and has appeared with countless gospel ensembles and choirs. At the age of seven, Allen was selected as the seasonal drummer for the Huber Memorial Church and he has been performing in churches ever since. When he was ten years old, Allen’s mother enrolled him into the T.W.I.G.S. program (an after school and Saturday program for
gifted children offered by the Baltimore School of the Arts). The knowledge and experience gained from that program enabled Allen to be accepted into the highly competitive Baltimore School of the Arts where he studied directly under the acclaimed Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist, Dr. John Locke. Upon his graduation from BSA, Allen spent a year at Baltimore City Community College studying audio engineering. Allen recently completed a
tour of Europe with ‘The Original USA Gospel Singers & Band’. Allen’s favorite drummers include John Locke, Ringo Starr, John Bonham, Jojo Mayer, Brian Dunne, Tony Williams and Lenny White.
Album Title: Day By Day
Reviewed by: Jim Testa
Striking a comfortable balance between spicy rhythm & blues, smooth jazz, and jam band grooves, EVERYMAN’s Day By Day should appeal to fans who enjoy both vintage Stevie Wonder and modern day Dave Matthews. With exquisite musicianship and loose, free-flowing vocals, Day By Day makes the perfect soundtrack for a casual Sunday brunch, but its potent undercurrent of funk would serve just as well as your warm up for a hot Saturday night. Supple guitar leads, subtle percussion, and reedy, evocative vocals (reminiscent of Sting at his most soulful) combine for an ingratiating fusion of jazz-rock fusion. From the
bluesy strut of the “she-done- me-wrong” jam “You Keep Me Calling” to the yearning funk of “Paradise,” Day By Day sustains a consistent level of craftsmanship and listenability. Most of the songs, not surprisingly, are not just love songs, but focus on the angst of love-gone-wrong; that, after all, has always
been at the heart of the blues and most soul music. “Heart In My Throat” communicates an urgency of emotion with its strident vocals and quickly strummed riffs. “Mr. Mole” ratchets up the funk, with some delicious blues licks accentuating the tongue in cheek lyrics about “living in a hole.” Set to a sensuous bossa
nova beat percolating under a martial snare drum, “Perjury” uses a courtroom metaphor to probe the meaning of truth and justice, but the electrifying guitar solo propels the listener out of the jury room and onto the dance floor. It’s hard not to imagine a room full of people moving and dancing in pairs when this one is played live. The languorous, reflective “Sometimes In This Life” introduces flute and rich harmony vocals into the mix, while a red-hot cover of Michael
Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” incorporates the warm soulful tones of Hammond organ and funky bass. As we’ve seen so often on those television singing competitions, covering Michael Jackson can be no easy task, but EVERYMAN does full justice to the vibrant, almost spiritual warmth of the original.
EVERYMAN keeps adding depth and dimension to its sound as this album progresses; the undulating title track “Day By Day” uses woodblock percussion to accentuate the beat. The call-and-response harmonies on the chorus are simply beautiful, and the guitar solo is slow, sensual, and earthy. “Wishing Well” changes pace with a heavier guitar sound, going for a Santana-like groove and distorted vocals for emphasis. Once you’ve worked up a sweat rocking out
to “Wishing Well,” the next song provides a meditative respite; “Toli Pamarese” offers with a soothing instrumental intro played on a zither-like instrument, before segueing into “Who I Need (Tonight),” a soft jazz tune with acoustic instrumentation, shaker, and organ providing the sweet melody. It’s back to the boogie with “Shake It,” a loosey goosey, funk workout; the line “shake it, honey” just oozes sex. With yet another fluid guitar solo that plays off a lively bass
line and snappy drums, this might be the stand out track on the album, just a really fun track that shows EVERYMAN with every ounce of the band’s considerable mojo working. The playful guitar intro to “Can’t Find The Way” recalls the Jackson Five with its playful melody and funky beat; the song’s all about sexual tension and really captures the pent-up energy of romantic pursuit. The album ends with “Paradise,” which – contrary to its title – is about romantic
discord, not bliss, punctuated by the clever line, “And you ask where we went wrong, it’s probably when I wrote this song.” Here, EVERYMAN delivers musically once again – funky rhythm, sly and sensual vocals, and ear-catching melody - and as the song progresses, our protagonist persists, and insists “you’re gonna find out that I’m for real.” That’s a fitting coda to sum up this album. If you’re looking for something smooth, silky, tender, passionate, and infused with tasty jazz licks and funky beats, EVERYMAN is undoubtedly for real.
Jim Testa - editor of JerseyBeat.com