The Zen Blues Quartet was assembled as an experimental project by guitarist John March, bassist Tim Scott, Hammond B-3 and keyboardist Jeff Young, and world-renowned groove master Steve Ferrone on drums.
Music for the sake of the music. That was the concept born out of an experience that John March had while studying Zen in an ancient forest in Italy. Not music for the sake of commerce, but music with no expectation of reward, played solely because it needed to be played.
An excerpt from Zen Blues Quartet's John March:
...Standing there, looking out into this amazing forest, I realized that I had been preparing to "hear this silence", to be in this space, for a very long time. What arose, for me, was the word "Yes". Yes to life and all that that implies. In that very moment I had a clear vision of this music. Of a day spent recording music with my friends, simply because we can. No other agenda, no mission to fulfill, just music for the sake of music. (Originally my idea was a day of silence, where we only played, but no talking, just introspection and music. That idea quickly evolved as things progressed towards reality.)
That night I called Tim and Steve, and explained my idea with great enthusiasm, and I was met immediately with a fantastic YES from both of my friends. (I think to some extent that they have a great sense of patience and generosity, when it comes to my ideas about music and creating art!). I told them I wanted to go into the studio and record 9 or 10 of our favorite Blues and Soul tunes, but make them ours, play them how we wanted to. I also wanted to play "live", with all of us in the same room. There would be no fruitional purpose other then to just play, record, and then see what happens. There was some hesitation initially, but that evaporated with the first note we played, and from that moment on, it was magic...
Magic, indeed. The Zen Blues Quartet. We are the lucky ones who come under it