blue number nine | let's find a way

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let's find a way

by blue number nine

Funky groovin' soulful rock with horns.
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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1. It's All Good
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2. Sleepwalker
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3. Wipe Out A World
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4. Dance Away In The Dark
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5. Can't We All Break Down
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6. Spite Spite
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7. Monster Man
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8. On Our Way To You
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9. I'm Your Superflake
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10. Let's Find A Way
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11. The Cats Of Montrose
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12. I Like The Way You Move
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13. I Wanna Write You A Love Song
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14. Sing A Simple Song
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15. The Dog Days
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Cross The Brand New Heavies and Rickie Lee Jones, throw in the influence of classic 1970s soul and funk legends like The Average White Band, Rufus & Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin, and you get blue number nine – a risk-taking, eclectic band whose songs are laid down with infectious energy. Let’s Find a Way is the New Jersey-based outfit’s fourth studio CD and was produced, engineered and mixed by lead vocalist/flutist Stefanie Seskin (who wrote most of the lyrics) and bassist Marco Accattatis (who handles most of the horn arrangements) in their own Concussion Studios. (blue number nine exclusively uses Ultimate Support stands.)

An album of many moods, Let’s Find a Way ranges from the fun and the humorous to the serious-minded. BN9’s social conscience is alive and well on “Wipe Out a World” (which examines the ways in which 21st Century technology is affecting people’s interactions), “On Our Way to You,” “Dance Away in the Dark” and the title song. But their more humorous and playful side asserts itself on “I’m Your Superflake,” “Sleepwalker” and the clever “Monster Man” (which uses references to horror movies to describe the decline of a romantic relationship). Seskin sings lead on all of the tracks except Accattatis’ “The Cats of Montrose,” a Latin-flavored instrumental that combines Afro-Cuban elements with jazz and funk and gives Seskin a chance to stretch out on the flute. Except for an inspired cover of Sly & the Family Stone’s late 1960s classic “Sing a Simple Song,” everything on Let’s Find a Way is a BN9 original.

Seskin founded BN9 in 1995, and by the time their self-titled debut album was released in 2000, their energetic live shows had earned them an enthusiastic following. BN9’s first album was followed by 2001’s Saving Spot (a live recording), 2003’s On a Shoestring and 2005’s Living It Up in the New World, all of which were released on Seskin’s own label, check other music. Reviewing the latter in The All Music Guide, music critic Alex Henderson wrote: “Anyone who has spent a lot of time savoring the retro-soul pleasures of The Brand New Heavies or SuperHoney is advised to give Living It Up in the New World a close listen.”

And a close listen is also warranted for Let’s Find a Way, which continues blue number nine’s soulful journey with passionate results.


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Elmore Magazine

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Blue Number 9
Let’s Find a Way
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Who are Blue Number 9 and what does their music sound like? Well, try to think of all the local bands you’ve seen in your life, take one member from each band and there you have it: some R&B here, some
rock ‘n’ roll there and a dash of everything else in the middle. Their album, Let’s Find a Way, is 16 tracks of garage-born style
jams expertly crafted into songs. Tracks like opener “It’s All Good” and “Spite Spite” make one think of that funky high school band that had you cutting a rug and biting your lip all night at the senior prom. Songs like “The Dog Days” give you that loose, shoulder-swaying feeling you get from the rock group at happy hour after a long Friday of work.

Let’s Find a Way will appeal to listeners who like their music with lots of groove and minimal flash. This ideal can be summed up, both in title and technique, by Blue Number 9’s cover of Sly & the Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song.” The septet managed to make an originally ultra-funky compositionaccessible to AC music lovers without compromising the grit at its core.

This CD is truly a product of its principal songwriters, bassist Marco Accattatis, with his brilliant musicianship, and lead singer Stefanie Seskin, who mixes her airy, enthusiastic vocals with her
carefree yet introspective lyrics. Add the exciting horn play of Chuck MacKinnon, Lily White and Rob Susman to the pot, and you’ve got 61 minutes of music just for chilling and smiling.