New All-Star CD of the Month from Jeff Bradshaw and friends

Once upon a time R&B was known for great live performances marked by passion, spontaneity and even transcendence through the great soul revues at such storied venues as The Apollo Theater, The Howard Theater and The Uptown. The musicians playing behind the singers were often the finest players from the realms of R&B jazz and gospel, who delivered intricate arrangements, electrifying solos and undeniable groove. In recent times, such performances have been rare but the hunger for that special sort of musical experience is still there and maybe it just takes someone with great determination and vision to bring it back.  Jeff Bradshaw, a key player in Philadelphia’s influential neo-soul scene is the man with such vision.

Once upon a time R&B was known for great live performances marked by passion, spontaneity and even transcendence through the great soul revues at such storied venues as The Apollo Theater, The Howard Theater and The Uptown. The musicians playing behind the singers were often the finest players from the realms of R&B jazz and gospel, who delivered intricate arrangements, electrifying solos and undeniable groove. In recent times, such performances have been rare but the hunger for that special sort of musical experience is still there and maybe it just takes someone with great determination and vision to bring it back.  Jeff Bradshaw, a key player in Philadelphia’s influential neo-soul scene is the man with such vision. He dreamed: why not bring the crème-de-la-crème of singers and players to The Kimmel for a genre-crossing one-night-only musical event that would replicate the excitement of the classic R&B revues for this generation of fans?  The respect accorded Jeff Bradshaw by his peers is shown by the impressive list of artists who wanted to be a part of the concert:  Marsha Ambrosius, Will Downing, Black Thought of The Roots, Kim Burrell, Take 6, Najee, Bilal, Eric Roberson, Tweet, Kenny Lattimore, Trombone Shorty and Executive Producer and Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper.

Bradshaw’s Kimmel Center dream came to fruition and is now released as the fantastic CD, HOME, on Shanachie Entertainment. “Over my 14 year career as a solo artist and sideman to the biggest in the biz,” Bradshaw relates, “I was always told: ‘I love your music but when I heard you live I really understand how special you are as an artist and performer.’ So I reached out to all my friends, who just happen to be great artists that I’m fans of and explained to them the trail-blazing journey I was preparing to embark on and they all wanted in.  Nothing was left to chance for Bradshaw’s special concert. He assembled a magnificent 20-piece band complete with backing singers and horn section to back his stellar line-up of singers. Together Bradshaw and Glasper masterminded sophisticated arrangements that would embellish the songs to their ultimate potential.

We are extremely proud to present HOME as our CD of the Month for April. This is a momentous release and one that SoulTrackers will cherish. So check out song clips below and then click at the bottom of the page to grab it for a special price at Amazon.com. Enjoy!

Jeff Bradshaw and Friends - Home

Click below to check out "Home" at Amazon.com

Purchase CD Purchase mp3 Album

And check out the "Behind the Scenes" video!

 
Featured Album - Cornell CC Carter - One Love
Choice Cut - Monique DeBose - "Damaged Goods"
Choice Cut - Jeffrey Dennis - Unbelievable
Album of the Month - Ty Causey - Mr. Mellow