From More Sugar August Edition-
There is a new band in the neighborhood intent on resurrecting the blues. From old nuggets such as “Good Morning Little School Girl” and “44 Blues” to their Zappaesk rendition of “La Grange meets Willie the Pimp” Blue Mozart twists and turns the blues into new shapes. The band formed one year ago is starting to make a mark in clubs formally playing metal, folk rock and traditional blues.
Mozart Rottweiler the bands leader says “I was trying to find a way of playing classic blues that would transcend the genera, and with this bunch of musicians I think I have found the right formula. Using musicians who are veterans of different areas of music brings a new color to the blues. I like to think of it as the “Black and Blues”. Sometimes I feel more like a ring master then the leader.“
The three guitarists Artie (Artful Dodger) Sccocozza, John (the Dragon) Drake and Mozart Rottweiler can be found playing at the Katonah bar and grill, Victors, Lazy boy Lounge, and at the Heights Bistro jams. Sometimes two bars in a night. “anything to keep up our edge, this is were we try out new material” says John and Artie”
Artie has been a metal and hard rock guitarist for five years in Tungstan12, and Aloid. Tungstin12 produced a cd that will be released on “Bones don’t float Records” within the next few months. Artie gives the group that hard speedy edge as only a crunchy metal guitarist can.
John began playing guitar as a teenager and has been playing electric and acoustic music for about 20 years with a few dormant periods in between. The past two years, however, have been a time of rediscovery and constant playing, influenced by such diverse elements as Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, Howlin’ Wolf, and Django Reinhardt.
Mozart has played in “Ya Muddas Night Mare” a 50’s do wop group, Mirkwood a folk rock band and his own “Mozart Rottweiler with Sinister Undertones” a gothic Rhythm and blues band that produced 3 cds. “I’ve played in Topless bars, cat houses and dives you wouldn’t sit down in without a can of Lysol” says Mozart. Mozart says “I try to keep things fluid, if you hear the song done the same way twice, I am not doing my job. All the jamming with different people helps. None of us is classically trained but we are definitely housebroken”
Blue Mozart is fluid moving with sedge ways of different styles such as “Suzy Q does Purple Haze” and “Knocken on Heavens door into Little Richards “I hear you Knocker” The new addition to the group Seth Pacini has definitely helped with the sound and our chameleon like changes. Seth comes from the world of electronic music. Playing Funk, world and Jazz with the likes of Chillbone, P-funk, Jiggle the Handle, and lettuce. He also was in the band Ruby Hogg. African rhythms are his specialty.
Blue Mozart will be releasing there live album “Undercover of the Blues” within the next few months.