Beasley, Jones and Chancler Form Funk Power Triumvirate 3 Brave Souls Scheduled for June 12th Release on BFM Jazz
Three generations of Miles Davis alumni join forces in a formidable new funk trio called 3 Brave Souls.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWE June 12, 2012
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 Ndugu’s hometown earthy undertones of New
Orleans and Jones’ Chicago street-funk 3 Brave Souls 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 “Nothing Left to Say,” both featuring the remarkably soulful
vocals of Sy Smith, to the hard-hitting Fela Kuti like instrumental
“Yabis,” 3 Brave Souls make a potent statement on this debut 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’ melodic penchant on the bass while Beasley conjures a hypnotic
world music vibe on the exotic “Ayala.” Guest harmonica ace Gregoire
Maret is featured on the lovely and lyrical “N2U,” Daryl Jones showcases
his vocal ability on “Stay” with a Sly Stone-ish sound; and Sy Smith
returns for the gorgeous ballad “Love’s Graces,” which Beasley wrote.
John Beasley who is the consummate musician, composer, and music
director has worked with Chaka Khan, James Brown, Steely Dan, Queen
Latifah, Aretha Franklin, and is currently the MD for ABC-TV “Duets”
(featuring judges John Legend, Robin Thicke, Jennifer Nettles and Kelly
Clarkson). Beasley wrote infectious songs that leave your foot tapping.
His jazz background includes eight years with Freddie Hubbard and an
eye-opening year (1989) with Miles Davis. Beasley’s previous record,
Positootly! was nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award.
Bassist extraordinaire Darryl Jones is one half of the funky rhythm
tandem in 3 Brave Souls. With his rock, jazz, blues experience playing
with Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, and since 1993 touring with the
Rolling Stones, groovemeister of the highest order, Jones’ credits
include work with such pop stars as Cher, Madonna, Sting, Lionel Richie,
Eric Clapton and Peter Gabriel.
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, inventive drummer and consummate
timekeeper, Ndugu has recorded and toured with Santana, Miles Davis,
Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, George Duke and Weather Report.
3 Brave Souls, Beasley, Ndugu, & Jones, came together to write
listenable, danceable melodic music bringing the funk and plenty of
downhome soul, with an undercurrent of jazz sensibility to move you to
the dance floor!
For More Information go to http://www.bfmjazz.com
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