On Friday, February 18th, Marcus Rezak will release "Kyoto Cocktail," a collaborative track with Kris Myers of Umphrey's McGee via Color Red produced by Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds. The track also features Chris Duffy of The Magic Beans on bass and Tyler Adams of The Jauntee on keyboards.
“Kyoto Cocktail” encompasses the sonic grit and edginess of a live performance in a New York City dive bar. During a car ride to a gig the night before the session at Color Red Studios, the two discussed their mutual love for fusion music coming out of NYC in the 80s and 90s. This particular era possessed a paradoxical combination of rawness and commercial catchiness that Rezak and Myers sought to capture through both production and composition in the studio. Rezak’s virtuosic, yet tastefully expressive guitar work and Myers’ signature style of syncopated and sophisticated drumming are accompanied by Tyler Adams’ (The Jauntee) soaring organ pads and Chris Duffy’s (Magic Beans) subsonic bass. The track is an exploration of rich melodies and rhythmic latitude that encompasses Rezak and Myers’ pedigree through both cutting their teeth at Berklee College of Music and a combined 50 years of touring between the two of them. Like its namesake derived from the suave and worldly mixed drink, “Kyoto Cocktail” is a concoction of a fruitful 15-year collaborative history between two of the most highly regarded and multifaceted musicians on the modern touring circuit.
The track release comes ahead of a co-headlining show between Rezak's original 'Truth in Sound' band ft. Myers on drums & Myers' original fusion project Kick the Cat at Cervantes' Other Side in Denver, CO on Friday, March 4th, 2022. Tickets can be purchased here.
Rezak is currently embarking on a fully loaded winter tour with his high-octane Grateful Dead tribute group, Shred is Dead and his original 'Truth in Sound' band to promote his latest release 'Truth in Sound' ft. Russ Lawton, Ray Paczkowski, and the late Tony Markellis of Trey Anastasio Band. He recently appeared as an artist-at-large at Gem & Jam Festival in Tucson, AZ sitting in with TAUK, Melvin Seals & JCB, and more and will appear at SXSW, Virgin Island Jam Fest (Saint John, VI), and Skull & Roses Festival (Ventura, CA) to wrap the tour up.