Grammy- and Emmy-nominated, John Beasley, Pianist, Composer, Arranger and Producer has played with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Steely Dan among others and composes for TV and film.
GRAMMY NOMINEE PIANIST / COMPOSER / ARRANGER / MUSIC DIRECTOR
Beasley, the one-time keyboardist for Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis,
reflects a variety of generational influences, incorporating the emphatic
chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk
and the lush intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal
- Los Angeles Times
GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-nominated recording artist
PIANIST / COMPOSER / ARRANGER
GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-nominated John Beasley is a far-ranging pianist,
composer, and arranger who has performed with music icons from Miles Davis and
Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves and Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, Marcus Miller and
Christian McBride, Chaka Khan and even a stint with James Brown. Beasley is easily
one of the most versatile musicians balancing a multi-faceted career as a
bandleader juggling various combos and now a big band project called MONK’estra.
He is a first-call keyboardist and has played on hundreds of records and recently co-
produced Weather Report’s drummer Peter Erskine and legendary guitarist Lee
Ritenour recent albums.
When not on stage, Beasley works on box-office films including James Bond Spectre
and Skyfall, Finding Dory and Finding Nemo, to name a few. He spent a decade
composing for TV shows Cheers, Family Ties, Fame, Star Trek: Next Generation and
singing-competitions, including the juggernaut American Idol since 2005.
For the past five years, Beasley has been the Music Director for the Thelonious
Monk Institute directing UNESCO’s International Jazz Day global concerts. This
year, gala was held at the White House and televised on ABC TV, which earned
Beasley an Emmy nomination. Beasley also directs the Monk’s Institute’s annual
competition gala producing tributes to Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, and Bill
This August, Mack Avenue Records will release Beasley’s new album MONK’estra,
Volume 1 which is described as “Some of the most mesmerizing big band music of
recent memory” by International Review of Music. Beasley’s 15-piece big band
captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s singular music: the off-beat melodies and
humor, strange beauty and unbounded swing in fresh arrangements flavored with
New Orleans spirit, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and atmospheric colors.
2017 marks Thelonious Monk’s Centennial Year. Beasley will be touring with his big
band or guest conducting major European Jazz orchestras to celebrate Monk and his
As education is the key to paying jazz forward, Beasley conducts clinics worldwide
and is a Guest Lecturer at the Codarts Rotterdam Conservatory. He champions
musicians rights and royalties as a (former) Governor on the Board of GRAMMY®.
John Beasley, the one-time keyboardist for Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, whose
playing reflects a variety of generational influences, incorporating the emphatic
chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk and the lush
intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal voice. -- Los Angeles Times
Highlights: Music Director
• International Jazz Day concerts: Thelonious Monk Institute/UNESCO hosted by
Herbie Hancock (White House 2016 Emmy-nominated, Paris 2015+2012, Osaka
2014, Istanbul 2013)
• Playboy Jazz Festival 2015: Celebrating George Duke! with Al Jarreau, Stanley
Clarke, Greg Phillinganes, Bryon Miller, and others
• Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Illustrated 50 Years of Beautiful (2014, NBC)
• Los Angeles Philharmonic Jazz and the Orchestra 5-concert series
• Thelonious Monk Institute Competition Galas: Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Bill
Clinton, George Duke, Quincy Jones 2011-2015
• AR Rahman’s Jai Ho world tour (US, South Africa, Europe, UK, Singapore)
• Queen Latifah’s Travelin’ Lite 40-city US Tour
• Carly Simon’s DVD Moonlight Serenade on the Queen Mary 2
• Steely Dan’s - Art Crimes world tour
• Sing Your Face Off (2014, ABC)
• Duets with Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke (2012,
• American Idol: Associate Producer: 2005 – Carrie Underwood’s victory and as
Lead Arranger 2006-2014
• Artist in Residence, CoArts Rotterdam Conservatory of Music 2013-present
Born in Louisiana, the cradle of jazz, Beasley started writing compositions in junior
school, the first one for the University of North Texas Jazz Band. Jimmy Lyons,
the Monterey Jazz Festival, heard Beasley's piece and recommended him for a
the Stan Kenton summer jazz camp. The song was then added to The Stan Kenton
Orchestra’s repertoire that year.
Beasley is a third generation musician. His father is a bassoonist, pianist, and
His mother is a brass instrumentalist and band conductor and orchestrator. His
was a trombonist. Growing up around musicians, John learned how to play
drums, saxophone, and flute, mostly because of his mother's need for wind
for her bands.
Declining an oboe scholarship from the Julliard, at 17, Beasley went on the road
tour the world with Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes and jazz icon Freddie Hubbard,
keeping up with his garage band Audio Mind with Vinnie Colauita, John Patittuci,
At the young age of 24, Beasley started writing music for Paramount, Disney, and
television shows, including Cheers, Family Ties, Star Trek, and Fame. He wrote the
Touchstone TV logo, which is still used today. As a studio musician, he has worked
luminaries such as Thomas Newman, Dave Gruisin, Alan Silvestri, and Carmine
Today, he is part of Thomas Newman’s core team creating drum and synth
James Bond Spectre + Skyfall, Exotic Marigold Hotel, Finding Dory + Nemo, and
Wall-E, James Brown "Get on up", He Named Me Malala, Shawshank Redemption, to
name a few.
He composes pro bono for films and podcasts for Nobel Peace Prize winning Doctors
Borders. Along the way, Beasley has written award winning commercials for ad
the US and Germany for over 20 years.
Miles Davis call and Recording Career
At 28, Beasley got the phone call of a lifetime from Miles Davis to join his band.
tour with Miles, he was inspired to release his first CD, Cauldron, which was
Walter Becker (Steely Dan). His Positootly! album earned a 2011 Grammy
nomination for Best
Jazz Instrumental Record. In 2012, he joined forces with two other Miles Davis
Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones bassist) and the signature drummer for Michael
Jean, Ndugu Chancler. This triumvirate wrote, as one reviewer said, some “tangy,
MONK'estra volume 1 - a Big Band Dream
In 2013, Beasley realized a long-held dream, forming a
15-piece big band to play all Thelonious Monk's music calling the project
MONK'estra Volume 1. Mack Avenue Records will release the album August 19,
2016. MONK’estra captures the spirit of Monk's
unique quirkiness, offbeat accents, punchy dissonances, in fresh
Veteran jazz critic Don Heckman described Beasley’s big
band and his talent as “extraordinary orchestrating abilities,
imaginative soloing from players: a net result of some of
the most mesmerizing big band music of recent memory.”
Beasley took his big band to play at SFJAZZ, the Ford Amphitheatre, Disney Hall,
Hollywood Bowl Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Standard, and will play at many upcoming
festivals and performance arts centers in 2017 to celebrate Thelonious Monk's
MUSIC DIRECTOR, JAZZ
When Herbie Hancock rallied UNESCO to dedicate a day for Jazz in
2012, the inaugural concert was held in Paris hosted by the Thelonious
Monk Institute. Beasley has since directed the Jazz Day gala concerts at the White
House - 2016 which was televised on ABC TV and earned a 2016 Emmy nomination.
the other global concerts were held in Paris - 2012+2015, Istanbul - 2013, and
Osaka - 2014.
After a few years conducting and performing the "Jazz Meets the
Orchestra" for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, Christian
McBride, recommended Beasley to replace him in 2012. Beasley introduced his jazz
quintet which played alongside the LA Phil orchestra and his big band project
Returning to the LA Phil, Beasley to MD the Celebrating George
Duke! concert at the Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl featuring Al
Jarreau, Stanley Clarke, Ndugu Chancler, Paul Jackson Jr, Byron Miller,
Greg Phillinganes, and more.
Beasley has toured with A-list jazz artists, including Stanley Clarke,
Dianne Reeves, John Patittucci, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, to
name a few.
With the popularity of singing competitions, Beasley was enlisted to work on the
American Idol. In 2005, as Associate Director to Rickey Minor, he ushered the 12
finalists by coaching and rehearsing them; selecting and arranging songs; and
shows. In the finale, his contestant Carrie Underwood took the title and became a
music star, earning multiple GRAMMYs. Until the final show (2005-2016)
Beasley continued as Lead Arranger and occasionally substituted for Music Director
Rickey Minor on the song
recordings for iTunes releases.
When ABC TV was looking for a Music Director for their reality show Duets with
Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles, Beasley was handpicked.
also MD for CW’s Pussycat Dolls Presents, The Search for the Next Doll. Beasley
ABC in a new show "Sing Your Face Off" 2013.
Beasley has been able to combine being a recording artist, music director for TV
composing/performing on TV, films and commercials, touring with major artists
and directing tours throughout his 30-year career.
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MONK'estra Volume 1
“Some of the most mesmerizing big band music of recent memory. ” Don Heckman
3 Brave Souls:
“tangy, ass-wiggling funk...a groove so deep you could fall right in… potent pulse…
great, greasy lines by Beasley…a fun romp ...more bite than a simple groove record
stuff that needs to happen more often… contagious and penetrating grooves…
sounds of southern soul… entertaining recipe of pop, world, R&B and soul injected
funk blasts and contemporary jazz class…. a fantastic recording that is simply pure
“sumptuous potion of distinct, powerful and peerless music created by this superb
“they collectively stir up a melting pot of jazz-funk, organic grooves, and soulful
resonate feverishly through the walls of these eleven songs is uplifted to greater
an extraordinary cast of guest performers”
Something Else! - Nick DeRiso - http://bit.ly/O515mY
3 BRAVE SOULS (R&B): An album of soul jazz that brings together three alumni
Miles Davis bands? We are so there. And keyboardist John Beasley (from Davis’
touring band); bassist Daryl Jones (with Miles for 1984′s Decoy and ’85′s You’re
Arrest; and drummer Ndugu Chancler (who played with Davis in the early 1970s)
disappoint, creating a tangy, ass-wiggling funk on their self-titled debut for BFM
tempting to focus on the great, greasy lines by Beasley, whose 2011
record Positootly! was
nominated for a Grammy, but Jones and Chancler are just as important to this
potent pulse: Jones takes a vocal turn on the Sly Stone-influenced “Stay,” while
maybe best known for his later turn on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” — adds a
word contribution to the sizzling “Nail It Down.” Throughout, they create a groove
you could fall right in.
Urban Flux - Rob Young - http://bit.ly/NcOPh9
Perhaps equally as important to their friendship, 3 Brave Souls collectively has an
unparalleled common denominator. In fact, at various intervals early on they played
roles and develop their character as musicians by performing with the legendary
Davis. Therefore, they unexpectedly became beneficiaries of their tenure with Miles.
result, these astute alumni essentially qualify to make reoccurring deposits to
frequent withdrawals from this expansive template of innovative, progressive and
music rooted in the spirit of love, imagination and passion to play music.
Initially when I placed their “Self-Titled” disc into the CD player, I thought so but I
ready to plug into the sumptuous potion of distinct, powerful and peerless music
by this superb Trio. The beauty about this collaboration is when you have like-
voices utilize their resources properly great things can happen. In this case, we
multifaceted keyboardist and instrumentalist John Beasley from New Orleans paired
his homey Ndugu Chancler proficient drummer-instrumentalist needed yet another
essential alias to complete this task. Therefore, bassist, vocalist and multi-
Darryl Jones was the missing link to help accomplish their goal. Now that’s what’s
infallible threesome joins forces on their debut on BFM Jazz. Together, they
up a melting pot of jazz-funk, organic grooves, and soulful sounds resonate
through the walls of these eleven songs is uplifted to greater heights by an
cast of guest performers.
Out of the box, the trio jump starts the session with the gutsy yet animated funk
in a pool of organic, contagious and penetrating grooves embodied in “Black
anticipated, this gem groans with tempting flavors, beats and accents of old school
and funk rests in the body of homegrown Memphis soul. Next we have the soulful,
mesmerizing vocals by Sy Smith, the songstress will simply blow you away with her
downhome swagger on “Wanna Get Away?”
Apparently the guys couldn’t get enough of vocalist Sy Smith, so they decided to
voice with Dwight Trible on the downhome greasy, easy and back porch Church
“Nothing Left to Say.” At midway point of the album, the gifted Smith is showcased
again with the sexy and vivacious ballad titled “Love’s Graces.”
Actually it’s been years since I’ve had the opportunity to savor the soothing honey
sounds of southern soul this project embellishes, the lyrically persuasive melody of
and Gone” brings back even more sweet memories. The next song features two
distinguished and unsung sax giants in their own right Bob Sheppard and Steve
Tavaglione. They are featured soloist on the fusion infected “Ayala.” The band cooks
rhythmically by gradually blending a pot of mystic brew of off-metered progressions
this progressively funky gem!
Some artists are like fine wine they age proportionally and with maturity they
better and mo-better in a matter of time. Case in point, the multi-talented rhythm
of the trio Ndugu Chancler sings and raps on the funky and toe-tapping beats of
“Ubiquitous” is up next, this track features Beasley on Hammond and Chancler on
Kalimba solos mirrors the flexible melodies and grooves of the Crusaders meets
Wind & Fire with a heavy flow of tenacious and relentless beats as the centerpiece
danceable disco layered over the top surrounds this baby from beginning to the
Bassist Darryl Jones is featured lead vocalist on “Stay,” this Sly Stone influenced
engulfed sonically in this Titans groove certainly makes you wanna dance and
Finally, the album winds down with the distinctive harmonica solos featuring
Maret on the gorgeous “N2U” which is lavished with rich and compelling lyricism.
I will say this without hesitation, this album is seriously for old school jazz-funk and
music aficionados. The consummate voice of this determined Trio serves up a tasty
of raw, funky and soulful music not often expressed in sphere of today’s music.
years cats like Beasley, Chancler and Jones honed their creative voices by
infinite number of artists and mastered their skills. In return, a plethora of records
been created and recorded by them. At the beginning and end of the day, when it’s
and done this Trio’s groove is tight, funky and fits perfectly in sync with relevant
while adapting the mythology of old school with their “Self-Titled” debut ultimately
a powerhouse performance.
Recommended by Rob Young | Urban Flux Media | Review
MIDWEST RECORD - Volume 35/Number 245 - June 23, 2012
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher - http://midwestrecord.com/MWRBlog.html
3 BRAVE SOULS: Describing themselves as a funk power trio, this aggregation of
generations of Miles Davis sidemen, who have collectively played with everybody,
forces for a fun romp that feels like an off the clock session where the vibe is the
concern---and they let it lead the way. With more bite than a simple groove record,
major league jazzbos deliver a free and easy date that’s as friendly as a summer
low humidity and just the right amount of heat. Tasty stuff that needs to happen
Sounds of Timeless Jazz
By Paula Edelstein -
3 Brave Souls: John Beasley, Darryl Jones, Ndugu Chancler
Funky, soulful, interplay. These are just a few words that can be used to describe
meeting of John Beasley, Darryl Jones and Ndugu Chancler on their new BFM Jazz
titled 3 Brave Souls. These musical masters forge a symbiotic sonic bond
their individual efforts with the incomparable Miles Davis bands while coining their
musical vocabulary on 11 new compositions that each band member contributed to
recording. In addition to Beasley, Jones and Chancler, the trio invited such
musicians as vocalists Sy Smith and Dwight Trible, saxophonist Bob Sheppard,
Tavaglione on EWI, Leon Mobley on djembe, trombonist Francisco Torres, Gregoire
on harmonica and backing vocalist Monet Owens to share their musical expertise.
opens with Chancler’s “Black Friday,” a funky, soul/jazz piece with classic jazz
that rise to the top. The musical excellence continues with the John Beasley/Sy
collaboration called “Wanna Get Away?” This song also features the killer multi-
vocals of Sy Smith taking charge of a funky, boo-ga-loo kind of groove that
catches your ear. Its sudden stops and quick shifts in rhythm coupled with the
harmonization on the bridge make this song a winner. Next Sy Smith is paired with
Trible on “Nothing Left To Say,” which she also co-wrote with John Beasley. “Ayala”
exotic gem that really reveals Beasley’s compositional integrity. This song is one of
more beautiful songs on the recording and really stays with you long after the song
“Stay” featuring Darryl Jones on vocals and “N2U” which features Gregoire Maret,
the program and will leave you wonderfully lost in the music the ensemble has
together. On 3 Brave Souls, it’s easy to get lost in the fire and funk, the soul and
but you can easily follow the light that this music emanates. Check it out. Click on
cover image to purchase.
Nothing But Bass
Bassist Darryl Jones teamed up with keyboardist John Beasley and drummer Ndugu
Chancler to form 3 Brave Souls, a trio informed by funk, roots, and jazz. In fact,
each of the
members are alumni of Miles Davis’s band and as such bring together incredible
with intellectual playing. The group has released their self-titled debut album.
Jones, whose career credits include work with The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson,
Madonna among others, keeps the grooves tight throughout the 11-track collection.
“Come and Gone” shows off his melodic ability as he leads the group through a
melody, while he steps up to the microphone on the song “Stay.”
Jazz Chill Corner- http://bit.ly/MndK2S
Three generations of Miles Davis alumni having fun playing progressive roots music
keyboardist John Beasley, bassist Darryl Jones and master drummer Ndugu
Chancler – join
forces in a formidable new funk trio called 3 Brave Souls. Harnessing Beasley and
hometown earthy undertones of New Orleans and Jones’ Chicago street-funk 3
are knee-deep in the groove on their self-titled debut for BFM Jazz.
From the revved-up, rootsy Meters romp “Wanna Get Away” and the downhome
Left to Say,” both featuring the remarkably soulful vocals of Sy Smith, to the hard-
Fela Kuti like instrumental “Yabis,” 3 Brave Souls make a potent statement on this
outing. The aptly titled “Nail it Down” is a thick pocket groover with spoken words of
wisdom by Ndugu. The mellow ballad “Come and Gone” is a showcase for Jones’
penchant on the bass while Beasley conjures a hypnotic world music vibe on the
“Ayala.” Guest harmonica ace Gregoire Maret is featured on the lovely and lyrical
Daryl Jones showcases his vocal ability on “Stay” with a Sly Stone-ish sound; and
returns for the gorgeous ballad “Love’s Graces,” which Beasley wrote.
John Beasley who is the consummate musician, composer, and music director has
with Chaka Khan, James Brown, Steely Dan, Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin, and is
the MD for ABC-TV “Duets” (featuring judges John Legend, Robin Thicke, Jennifer
and Kelly Clarkson). Beasley wrote infectious songs that leave your foot tapping.
background includes eight years with Freddie Hubbard and an eye-opening year
with Miles Davis. Beasley’s previous record, Positootly! was nominated for a 2011
Bassist extraordinaire Darryl Jones is one half of the funky rhythm tandem in 3
With his rock, jazz, blues experience playing with Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, and
1993 touring with the Rolling Stones, groovemeister of the highest order, Jones’
include work with such pop stars as Cher, Madonna, Sting, Lionel Richie, Eric
The distinctive drums on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” could only be Leon “Ndugu”
Chancler. With a list of studio recording credits as long as the Dead Sea Scrolls,
drummer and consummate timekeeper, Ndugu has recorded and toured with
Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, George Duke and Weather Report.
3 Brave Souls, Beasley, Ndugu, & Jones, came together to write listenable,
melodic music bringing the funk and plenty of downhome soul, with an undercurrent
jazz sensibility to move you to the dance floor!
3 Brave Souls - John Beasley / Daryl Jones / Ndugu Chancler - (BFM Jazz)
4.5 stars / 5 stars - Album Review by Peggy Oliver - http://bit.ly/LBrmCi
Occasionally, I ponder about what truly inspires bands or vocal groups in choosing
names and what their thought process was behind it. For instance, the name 3
sparked immense curiosity. After checking their musical background, I particularly
that John Beasley, Daryl Jones and Leon ‘Ngudu’ Chancler had one major common
These veteran musicians represented three generations who played behind modern
trumpet pioneer Miles Davis. Considering those 3 Brave Souls’ close association
was partially enough for me to figure out that Beasley, Jones and Chancler must
somewhat brave in interacting with his moody, intense personality..
Besides their Miles Davis credentials, 3 Brave Souls have contributed to the music
in other capacities. Keyboardist John Beasley serves as musical director for the
reality talent series, “Duets.” Jones, who handles bass guitar duties for The Rolling
tours, has also worked with pop phenomenons Sting, Madonna and Lionel Ritchie.
is one of the most respected drummer/percussionists around but one of his major
cards is his pulsating funk beats driving Michael Jackson’s international hit, “Billie
3 Brave Souls bridges their diverse talents for their self-titled debut to concoct an
ambitious and mostly entertaining recipe of pop, world, R&B and soul injected with
blasts and contemporary jazz class. “Black Friday” sweetly layers deep funk pockets
R&B and pop. Chancler and Beasley’s vibraphone and keyboard tandem run the
“Nail It Down.” From the department of genius vocal casting, independent soul
Sy Smith is the perfect choice who compliments 3 Brave Souls’ eclectic personality.
sassy lead and Beasley’s meaty organ solo propel “Wanna Get Away,” a Meters-
that proudly stamps the lively spirit of New Orleans. The sleek eighties R&B-like
Graces” taps Sy Smith’s efficiency with slow jams, accented by Beasley’s spacey
synthesizers. While Jones is very capable holding down the rhythm section, “Come
Gone” demonstrates his melodic bass lines with simplicity and fluidity. On the other
one of the few misfires on 3 Brave Souls is Jones’ lead vocal turn on “Stay.” “Ayala”
into jazz experimentation centered on different distinct textures of woodwinds: the
(Electronic Wind Instrument) played by Steve Tavaglione and Bob Sheppard’s
“Yabis” is a certified African funk party complete with animated trombone by
Torres, and a fierce percussion line of Leon Mobley on djembe (a hand drum
from West Africa) and Chancler’s congas. “N2U” closes down 3 Brave Souls with
Maret’s harmonica and Beasley’s glistening keys locking in a relaxing jazz/soul vibe.
After experiencing this riveting debut, there absolutely is something about that
Brave Souls that says slightly daring and dare I say – a brave and welcome move
modern jazz market. I bet Miles Davis would be smiling on them as well.
The Birmingham Times - http://bit.ly/N6wnDj
Newly released on BFM Jazz is a dynamic collection titled 3 Brave Souls. This CD is
fantastic recording that is simply pure funk. Keyboardist John Beasley, Bassist
and percussionist Ndugu Chancler have produced a really remarkable album that is
school with a new school twist. It is fabulous.
3 Brave Souls possesses a truly unique sound. Incorporating the down to earth
New Orleans with the street funk of Chicago, it is a pleasing one of a kind
set opens with “Black Friday”, a mid-tempo track that has a great vibe. “Come And
is a mellow laid back tune. The defining elements in this selection are the string and
keyboard instruments. Nothing but the soul is released on “Nail It Down.” It is one
numerous danceable tracks; however, it features an added surprise – a modicum of
word by Ndugu Chancler.
One welcoming addition to this collective is the silky sounds of vocalist Sy
Smith. She takes
center stage on the track “Love Graces.” Likewise can be said about Gregoire Maret
prowess over the harmonica and Darryl Jones’ vocals on the track “Stay.” He is
awesome. Other featured guests are Dwight Trible, Bob Sheppard, Steve
Francisco Torres and Leon Mobley. Stated on John Beasley’s web site about 3 Brave
is: “Three generations of Miles Davis alumni having fun playing progressive roots
these so few words perfectly sum up the entire collection.
John Beasley is a Grammy nominated musician, composer, arranger and music
who has worked with Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Chaka Khan and many
Jones has worked with a number of artists including Cher, Madonna, Sting, Lionel
Eric Clapton and Peter Gabriel. Leon Ndugu Chancler is the distinct drummer on
Jackson’s Billie Jean. Santana, Herbie Hancock and George Duke are among the list
musician he has worked with.
Billings Gazette - http://bit.ly/NyAawq
They call themselves “3 Brave Souls.”
Maybe it’s because all three survived stints with Miles Davis. Maybe it’s because
revive the seismic grooves of ‘80s funk.
Keyboardist John Beasley, bassist Darryl Jones and drummer Ndugu Chancler all
with Miles, although their all-star turns didn’t end there. Beasley also spent eight
with Freddie Hubbard and both Jones and Chancler played with Michael Jackson. On
that, Jones has been touring with the Rolling Stones since 1993.
But enough about their bona fides.
The trio’s debut is good, old-fashioned funk channeled through New Orleans, with a
of the Meters’ “Wanna Get Away” and the gospel-flavored original “Nothing Left to
It’s in the latter song that the trio pulls its trump card, the amazing vocalist Sy
whose liquid purr swoops over and under the best cuts here. She also lights up the
jumping “Wanna Get Away?” and the swooning ballad, “Love’s Graces.”
Chancler introduces “Nail it Down” with some smooth rap, in that groovy, pre-hip-
sense of the word. And, the trio reaches for a world beat, adding conga and Kalimba
There’s only one beef here, and it’s a tiny one. The trio sometimes piles the funk
conventions on a little too thickly, laying the Rhodes over the Hammond B3,
the grunts, the groans, the bass runaways and the spoken-word swoons.
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Bedtime Voyage - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCEw_04Ikuc
Queen Latifah - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj6VcS7gouU
Steely Dan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IocHM0n75DI
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