© 2017 Bobbie Rae
The brain child and concept of producer, composer, arranger and percussionist Bobbie Rae, the first Department of Good and Evil disc came out to rave reviews, when Rae was still working with Grammy-winning pianist Rachel Z. It was the apex of Z's career but Rae's vision was much bigger than that.
Now the Department has relocated between Brooklyn and Berlin, where Rae draws upon the immense pool of musical talent in Germany's amazing cultural capital to create a sound that draws deep from jazz's black roots, but remains unencumbered by genre restrictions. When asked about the changes Leader Bobbie Rae responded with: "Well, when I produced the first Good and Evil CD, the group could barely get their heads around the concept and didn't even know who most of the groups we covered on the disc even were!". "Even now, when you check interviews, that old disc is posted everywhere!", laughs Rae.
"I had to push that group to barely achieve what they did, which was not one disc, but actually two. And when asked about the stunning new Department of Good and Evil CD... It's just a much deeper, better band and concept. I think the songs are more fully realized as far as combining old and new in a funky fresh way and the people involved are really solid human beings as well and that's a great thing.". Rae explains further: "It's an exhilarating new chapter for The Dept. Honestly, it's at a funkier, more focused level all around. We are looking forward to showing everyone worldwide what we can do"...
The amazing new line up features master musicians from Israel, Italy, Canada, Japan and more.
Bobbie has always felt, that the world is truly a melting pot and shows how wide his concept is in the freedoms to create, unite and creatively prosper. THE DEPARTMENT OF GOOD AND EVIL is currently just finished pre production with another groundbreaking new line up working on the second official release in both Berlin and Brooklyn studios.
The group just finished recording part one of a three ring circus of musical wonderments in 2017 and a taste of that fun can be heard here. It is a "full concept CD" as well as the "Duality" Duo CD. Also another secret fans only CD and the group believes that the fans will be pleasantly surprised. Expect no substitutes and come join us on the road, at our shows and here on line!
Enjoy the music, freedom and the pure joy the group felt in making it for you.