There’s nothing more Big Apple than Tomás Doncker and there’s no one more musically poetic and in tune with New York City than Yusef Komunyakaa.
When these two come together, you can expect big city fireworks seen from a great distance.
Besides the huge title track, stand-outs for me are “Hellfighters of Harlem,” “At This Midnight Hour” and “Coney Island.”
Another great listen is “The New Day.” It’s a complete and satisfying record that brings all of Doncker’s years of a music smith to the forefront.
Doncker’s music is universal but his heart is recharged in New York. He is an ambassador of funk, folk, Afrobeat and any genre that is fueled by organic passion.
Doncker is a beloved New York City musician who has held his crown as musical godfather since 1982. His energy has helped develop the sound and the scene in a city where you can get swallowed if you don’t know where to step.
The talented and lauded Yusef Komunyakaa brings his poetry to Doncker’s project to form a truly NYC experience. Komunyakaa’s poetry conjures his native Louisiana, the jungles of Vietnam and all of the narrow avenues of NYC. He teaches at New York University and collaborates with artists who share his views on humanity and the world at large.
Doncker built the cornerstone. And then he built the block. Komunyakaa fills in the heavens and stars.
Doncker’s and Komunyakaa’s Big Apple Blues drops Oct. 21 on True Groove Records and will be featured during the Dodge Poetry Festival Oct. 23 – 29, sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Tomás Doncker-Lead Vocals,Guitars
Big Apple Blues Tracklisting:
Big Apple Blues
Can’t Say No
The New Day
Hellfighters of Harlem
At This Midnight House
Little Blue Room