The record release party for Hartley’s Encore filled the Hollow on Friday, April 27 in Albany, NY. The eight-piece band worked the excited crowd up until the floors shook with dancing until the wee hours. The self-titled debut album, released on 4/20, served as the bright and energetic soundtrack to one funky night. While it’s easy to label the band as funk, the jazz, soul and R&B elements are also clear.
Albany’s own funk band, Hartley’s Encore, formed just over a year ago with 2003 Guilderland High School Graduates, Luke Malamood (Keys), Chris Oliver (Guitar), and Jeff Nania (Saxophone), as well as Josh Gordon and Brad Monkell (Bass), Mike Gilet and Erik Pravel (Drums), Alex Gonzalez (Percussion), Phil Chow (Trumpet), and Zach Lauzon (Trombone). The group’s next show is on May 18th at Bowery Electric in New York, NY. While this was my first time seeing the band, it most definitely won’t be my last.