Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul slipper i dag albumet Summer of Sorcery.

Albumet er det første fra Steven van Zandt siden Soulfire fra 2017 og det tilhørende livealbumet Soulfire Live! i 2018.

Summer of Sorcery er skrevet, arrangert og produsert av van Zandt selv i hans eget Renegade Studios i New York, og er co-produsert av GRAMMY-vinnende Geoff Sanoff Disciples of Soul-giratist Marc Ribler.

Albumet er mikset av Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Bryan Adams) og Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, The Band). Coveret er laget av van Zandts trofaste art director Louis Arzonico.

Disciples of Soul er et 14-mann sterkt orkester bestående av Marc Ribler, Lowell Levinger, Jack Daley, Rich Mercurio, Andy Alamonte, Andy Burton, Eddie Manion, Stan Harrison, Ron Tooley, Ravi Best, Clark Gayton, Jessie Wagner, Sara Devine og Tania Jones. Mellom seg har musikerne – i tillegg til van Zandts mange tiår i Bruce Springsteens E Street Band – en spektakulær merittliste fra tidligere samarbeidspartnere, inkludert Carole King, Darlene Love, Lenny Kravitz, Boz Scaggs, Darryl Hall, Idina Menzel, Cyndi Lauper, John Mayer, Ian Hunter, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Duran Duran, James Broen, John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige og Kid Rock.

Om albumet sier Van Zandt selv: “My first five albums in the ‘80s were both very personal, and very political. I wanted the new material to be more fictionalized. The way records were when I grew up. Before it was an artform. The concept was capturing and communicating that first rush of summer. The electricity of that feeling of unlimited possibilities. Of falling in love with the world for the first time. Obviously, there are occasional personal references, and a bit of what’s going on socially scattered throughout, but I achieved what I set out to do. I created a collection of fictional movies scenes that feel like summer. I’m quite proud of it. I always work thematically. I can’t just throw together a collection of songs; there has to be some kind of overriding idea that drives it. This time I wanted to capture the excitement of that first summer of consciousness. That one special summer where you first fall in love with life, that thrill of just being alive”.

Little Steven And The Disciples of Soul besøker Norge to ganger i sommer – 3. juni spiller de på Rockefeller, før de vender tilbake til Notodden Blues Festival 3. august.