The Rainbow Ends debuts original jazz/fusion CD

When “life happened” to guitarist Joshua Carns, his music school scholarship went unfulfilled, though his dream of a music career lived on.

therainbowendsFostered by self-funded lessons and raw talent, Carns not only went on to teach at Seton Hill University, but has also put together The Rainbow Ends, a jazz trio with a mature style despite its mere two and a half years in existence.

Carns and electric bassist, Kyle Green, joined forces in January of 2016. Upon meeting through a mutual drummer friend, Carns and Green “hit it off right away” Carns said, adding “I was blown away by how skilled he was and wasn’t doing anything with it…there was this instant connection we had with one another.”

As with most jazz musicians, the ability to improv is invaluable, and when Carns and Green successfully improvised a three hour show at a local brewery, the foundation for further musical exploration was set.

However, a new drummer was needed to replace the original, who went in a different direction.

Enter Justin Banks, who Carns said showed up to an open mike with a business card and high recommendations from other friends. “He came out and played one show and said ‘I’m in, I love it.’”

With his ability to create “the most unique beats to occupy space in intricate ways in a three piece band,” Carns knew Banks was “the right guy for the job.”

With Banks on board as of October of 2016, the group’s philosophy of working by committee came about easily, as Carns said “All the musicians in this group have been playing for 20 years. So we got together and said let’s play how we want to play. You play drums how you want to play, and play bass how you want to play, and I’ll play how I want to play.”

Now with a solid lineup in place, The Rainbow Ends began creating new, original jazz instrumentals in preparation for its debut release. But good music, like anything worthwhile, takes time, so after working through various arrangements and concepts for about one year, Carns felt it was time to hit the studio.

The Schoolhouse Studio in Armbrust, PA played host to The Rainbow Ends recording sessions.

According to Carns, the 100 year old, single room former schoolhouse “has great natural reverb for recording drums and vocals,” an important element in providing pleasing depth of sound in musical recordings. Schoolhouse sound engineer and producer, Daniel Blake, took the controls for the band’s recording sessions. Though it was his first time recording a jazz band, Carns said “he did a great job.”

Its self-titled debut, The Rainbow Ends, showcases the band’s musical and compositional skills with a full range of jazz/fusion instrumentals. Original sounds range from shades of Weather Report on “Bellyscratch” to the virtuosic, funk-style grooves of “Assembly Line.” Throughout the CD, a level of musical maturity and band chemistry is evident, but not obtrusive, providing music fans with a range of exciting, new music to bend their ears.

The Rainbow Ends enjoyed a successful CD release party in Pittsburgh, and have two more shows coming up in August. Catch them on August 10, 8 pm, at the PRESS Bistro Concert Series, 110 Franklin St., Johnstown, PA and August 31, 10 pm, at the Circle Hanover, 5 E. Walnut St., Hanover, PA.

For those wanting to hear The Rainbows End from the comfort of their home, Carns encourages everyone to “check us out on Amazon, iTunes – pretty much any streaming site, you’ll find us.” Hard copy CDs and band gear are also available. Join the mailing list at rainbowendsmusic@gmail.com, follow them on twitter for the latest updates @endsrainbow, and make friends at facebook.com/therainbowends

Story by Keren Lee Dreyer for Pennsylvania Bridges