Josh DiStefano | Baghdad Blues

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Baghdad Blues

by Josh DiStefano

A musical diary of a year-long deployment in Iraq, this sax-driven combo delivers dark, atmospheric Jazz/Fusion/Nu-Jazz. Welcome to the war . . .
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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1. Broke Palace Blues
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2. Wednesday Night Blonde
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3. South of New Orleans
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4. The Last Days
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5. Return to Darkness
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6. 15 Day Dream
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7. Serenade to a Fat Drummer
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8. She Waits for Me
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Album Notes
Baghdad Blues is the story of 4 friends brought together by war. Josh DiStefano, Steve Mohacey, Chris Kerley and Brian Archer toured Iraq as part of an Army band playing for the troops. This music is Josh's vision of the Iraq experience, for better or worse. It's moody and dark and steeped in groove. He captured the long days and hard nights, the bonding of brothers and prayer calls, and the family left behind. They played these songs for the troops all over Baghdad and the surrounding areas. It was a long year, but bringing music to those who need it most is always worth it.

Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting with the soldiers in Baghdad, drowning out the day's events and getting lost in the music.

Baghdad Blues was written and recorded in Baghdad, Iraq.

A percentage of the profits from this album will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. A non-profit organization dedicated to helping soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.


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4ID band groupie (G-rated version)
This is an awesome CD! I've been a fan of Josh since his first deployment to Iraq, where he and the other Army band folks brought a little piece of home and a break from reality to all of the troops. I'm glad to see he has put together a CD so everyone outside of a combat zone can hear his work, too.

Jean Archer

Proud Mom & Dad
Just a little prejudice, since our son is the drummer on this CD. We think this CD is awesome. The talent from each of the musicians is outstanding. We are extremely proud of each of the members of this CD and what they were able to accomplish while deployed to Iraq. Hope many get to hear this CD and realize what value the 4ID band brought to the troops. Enjoy it as much as we do!!

Matt Rodela

Funky grooves and deep blues
Solid songwritting, beautiful soaring sax, deep in-the-poket rythm section, and the sycopated punch of keyboards combine with persian and american influences to create a unique and soulful experience. Tunes like Broke Palace Blues and Return to Darkness really bring home the feelings of being deployed in a foreign land. Yet songs like South of New Orleans and Serenade to a Fat Drummer showcase the stellar jazz fusion chops of DiStefano, Mohacey, and crew. Fans of fusion, blues, and musical expression shouldn't miss this album.

Bobby Stapf

You've gotta dig the grooves on this album even if you're not a big jazz-head. Just check out track 7 "Serenade to a Fat Drummer" - Damn! Starts off with one of the fattest, funkiest grooves, then you get to hear these guys go off, and damn, do they have some chops (must be something in the MREs they've been eating). I love the trippy sax intro to "Return to Darkness", reminiscent of Peter Gabriels "Passion" soundtrack. "Last Days" is so tasty, Kerley's smooth, sliding bass; Mohacey's soulful, sultry sax; Archer's sweet, syncopated slammin' of the skins and of course DiStefano's dynamic ditties and fluid fingers(have I said damn yet). Some good did come from the war, and it's Josh DiStefano's Baghdad Blues.

Greg Randolph

Five Stars From Me
I am a jazz musician and fan. As a fan, I was turned on to Josh Distefano and the Quartet by saxophonist Steve Mohacey and I had never heard them before. I am VERY objective in reviewing music and I never pull punches, even if I like the artist. I urge people to buy this album because one listen tells you it was written with an experience at hand and that my friends translates to GREAT music usually, and definitely in this case. War, it has been a divider of this country, but this album unites four men in an ethereal journey that tells us a story through the music.
The mood, the brooding blues tinged with a funky back drop of great sound. I could not take this cd off my iPod once I downloaded it.

Give it a listen or visit Josh's site on MySpace for a really good preview, but buy it. It's "Patriotic", it's real, it tells a story without words. The most sincere and true kind...

Birgit Bruhn

Baghdad Blues
I am very fond of jazz fusion and I expected a lot from this recording. And I was not disappointed. There is a lot of feeling in it and even if there are dark moments it is music that gives you hope and joy.
I hope the Quartet will continue playing together.

Adam Tobias

I strongly recommend this CD. As a Soldier, myself, I am all too familiar with many of the feelings this group expresses through their music. The blues is a truly American musical art form and this CD showcases it beautifully. If you are looking for hitting the local bar and listening to standard 12 bar blues over and over you'll have move on. This stuff is juicy. Keep up the good work.

Carol Bennett

The music is fantastic!!!


I had not listened to much jazz before this CD but I definitely like the album. Keep it coming!

Heather Secora

Takes Me Back
Wow, what a fitting sample of a truly hot group. Cool, sassy, smooth, bold, intimate... all the feelings that those who saw them in action will remember. No studio tricks, either; these guys are really this amazing. Tremendous writing (it's ALL original), great playing, and masterful mixing. Done on the scant offtime in the middle of definitely "non-union" conditions. Love it, guys. How about some more?