Bob Sharkey, inspired by the folk and rock music of the 60’s and 70’s that he grew up with, has been a staple on the east-coast jazz and indie-rock circuits for decades. His album Green is out now, and features a collaboration with producer Charles Newman at his Brooklyn Cottage Sounds studio, along with upright bassist Rob Jost and Jeff Lipstein on the drums.
On his new release, Sharkey explores the arc of a romantic relationship from blissful start to heartbroken finish, and strikes a cool, jazz-driven pocket with his roots ensemble. A clean lead electric guitar flutters above the folk-driven backbeat, and for a moment we are weightless: drifting along like clouds in the sky. Coastline, Sharkey’s first new single for Mother West since 2005, is a mellow vibe that carries a sense of freedom and plain comfort inside the double bass and the shuffled brush-groove.