First of all, I love the band name. It rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Dan Amato & The Sentimental Gentlemen. It’s fun to say.
These guys recently put out their debut EP, Homecoming. They’re a mix of blues, rock, jazz and soul, hailing from West Long Branch, New Jersey. Homecoming is a 6-track album that introduces their style to the world in a way that ensures they won’t be easily forgotten. I was way into this EP right off the bat. They’ve got saxophones. They’ve got keyboards. They’ve got some fantastic beats. This is music that you’re gonna want to dance to. It’s impossible not to move to it. It’s catchy, it’s infectious, it’s wonderful. I love some good jazz, and Dan Amato & The Sentimental Gentlemen put a spin on the genre that gives them a unique element and an original style.
Check out their tracklist below to follow along!
1. Old Fashioned Way
2. Miss Psychopath
4. Next Time You Need Me
5. Beautiful to Me ‘17
6. Hometown Girl ‘17
My favorite song is the first, “Old Fashioned Way.” At first I thought I was watching an episode of SNL, because it starts off with that hook “Ladies and gentlemen, live from Brooklyn, New York. . .” But then the music starts, and I was pulled immediately into the song. It’s a footloose kind of track that had me nodding my head along with it, wishing I was standing up and dancing around the room. The first two songs are pretty similar in that aspect before the album transitions to a slower vibe.
The music changes a little, variations to keep the album upbeat and interesting, but I wonder what the album could do to feel more interesting to listeners at times. What could Dan Amato & The Sentimental Gentleman do more or less of to make music in the future stand out more. Of course Homecoming is great though. It has that special something that makes Dan Amato & The Sentimental Gentlemen who they are, a something that carries throughout the whole album.
These guys are talented, and I feel like they’d also be a great band to see live. Their music is the type that you’re gonna want to be present and in the moment for. Listen to Homecoming now and see what I’m talking about, and keep up with Dan Amato & The Sentimental Gentlemen (say that 5 times fast) on social media down below!
Dan Amato & The Sentimental Gentlemen: Facebook // Spotify