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Gemini Soul is famous for their eclectic blend of jazz-funk fusion with an electronic element known as "Cyber Jazz." With their motto "Jazz For A New Generation," their sound is reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters movement, the cool bass grooves of Esperanza Spalding and Meshell Ndegeocello, and, at times, the 70s fusion of Miles Davis and Return To Forever.

From the San Francisco bay area, now residing in the Washington, D.C. area, Gemini Soul's founding members Andre Ajamu Akinyele and Jon O'Bergh joined forces to release A Cyber Jazz Holiday (2005). Two years later, Gemini Soul released their second offering Liquid Soul (2007), which featured Andrew Foster on percussion. Due to its success, the world witnessed the band's third release Live : The Liquid Soul Tour (2007), which captured Gemini Soul doing what they did best—performing live. In support of that release, the band launched and headlined their own mini west coast tour with Alex Marks on drums performing in some of the country's most prestigious jazz and club venues. That release has become a favorite among jazz critics, "Gemini Soul's music is a conceptually innovative form of fusion not entirely unlike some of Herbie Hancock's and Miles Davis' material." –JazzReview. A year later, Gemini Soul released their critically acclaimed fourth album The Nefertiti Xperience (2008), which debuted at #37 on Amazon's "Bestselling Hot New & Future Music Releases" chart and climbed to #15, out-performing a reissued Miles Davis album.

The following year, Gemini Soul released their fifth and controversial album Dark Skin Babies : The Movement (2009), which debuted at #13 on Amazon's "Bestselling Hot New & Future Music Releases" chart. In mid-2009, the band announced at a final show that half the band would be moving to the Washington, DC area, which put the band on a six-year hiatus (2009–2015).

In September 2015, Gemini Soul released the sexy, sultry, and sensual jazz album, Willona's Boutique (2015), the band's final album. Inspired by the television show Good Times and the character Willona Woods, the song titles, except for the cover of Meshell Ndegeocello's "Criterion," are words Willona has either said or themed episodes based around her character. Willona's Boutique embodies the horn arrangements of Miles Davis, the space-synth sounds of Herbie Hancock, and combines the bass grooves of Esperanza Spalding. This album is more sophisticated than previous albums. With the absence of Foster and Marks, Willona's Boutique was recorded with the two founding musicians Andre Ajamu Akinyele (bass, guitars, and keyboards) and Jon O'Bergh (piano, fender rhodes, and keyboards), along with additional support by The Nu Jazz Horns (horns), Earl Jones (percussion), and Dean "Stix" Jones (drums).

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Dark Skin Babies: The Movement takes Gemini Soul ambitious jazz journey into more social commentary, musical twists and turns, and new renditions from those musical groundbreakers that touch their musical soul. –Peggy Oliver (The Urban Music Scene, March 2009)

Dark Skin Babies : The Movement contains an endless fusion of rhythmic funk, swing and collective improvisation. –Tory Barnett (Sentimental Sundays Radio Show, WFSK 88.1 FM, Fisk University, March 2009)

Gemini Soul bring the best of the 70s into the 21st century. –Ron Wynn (Nashville City Paper, Spin Factor, February 2009)

EXTREMELY IMPRESSED! You are now my favorite band for 2009. I'm loving the new CD! –DJ Toni G (Jazzology Radio Show, January 2009)

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Willona's Boutique

Orange River Records
2015

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Dark Skin Babies :...

Pearl Jazz Recording Label
2009

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The Nefertiti...

Pearl Jazz Recording
2008

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Live : The Liquid...

Pearl Jazz Recording
2007

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Liquid Soul

Pearl Jazz Recording
2007

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A Cyber Jazz Holiday

Pearl Jazz Recording
2005

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Ooo Child

From: Willona's Boutitque
By Gemini Soul

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