The FOUR PIECE SUIT highball is a mix of sea-foam-soaked guitar and percolating rhythm, shakennot stirredwith surf tangos, Battista-era mambos, beach blanket boppers, spy music, crime jazz, and movie themes. Romance, humor, and sophistication with a big beat are the watchwords of this group.
Truly beyond category, their eclectic instrumental, sometimes jazz, sometimes rock style, brings forth a unique blend of long forgotten musical influences and often suggests a certain film noir feeling.
FOUR PIECE SUIT derives its strength from a number of influences, featuring everything from instrumental artists of the 1950s and 60s (The Shadows, The Ventures, The Champs, Duane Eddy) to classic R&B, to John Lurie, to modern Acid Jazz. It is not unusual to hear adventurous mixtures of Isaac Hayes and Henry Mancini, with dashes of Perez Prado and Xavier Cugat.
The sexy, sophisticated, yet tongue-in-cheek music of FOUR PIECE SUIT was frequently featured on the highly acclaimed HBO series Sex and the City. The band has also been heard in many independent films, including Sundance Festival Winner Blue Vinyl. They have also done a full score for an HBO claymation film, Real Men Wear Hawaiian Shirts, an award winner at the San Francisco Film Festival.
Even as their CDs (Ready to Where, Matinee Idylls, and Spirito) and film work introduce them to new audiences, it is the uncharted waters of their live performances which create the word-of-mouth that brings in legions of loyal fans. From the Fillmore in SF to the Windows on the World Bar on the 107th floor of the original NY World Trade Center, they have played to crowds of 50 to 50,000. A hot 4PS show at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge is like seeing Louis Primas band at the Copa in 1958, walls sweating, booties shaking, and a half a grin on the face. Like many of the greatest bands, only at a live show can one really get what FOUR PIECE SUIT is all about
Having created a little universe of music stemming from the original 1990s group, which was mainly Instrumental and relied heavily on the unique Tenor Sax sound of the late David Sholl, Four Piece Suit continually adapts that music and adds new material, often as a guitar trio, with guitarist Milt Reder now contributing vocals to the mix. Original 4PS drummer Seth Pappas and bassist Dean Cassell, all veterans of iconic East Coast bands, provide the pocket, that indescribable swing that keeps a select few bands going through the decades. Now joined by tenor sax man John Aruda and keyboardist Justin Lopes.