Magic Slide Jeff Bradshaw is one of the rare musicians who has
chosen the trombone as lead instrument. Born in Philadelphia Jeff
performed as professional musician with Erykah Badu, Jill Scott,
Floetry, Darius Ricker, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, The
Roots, Musiq Soulchild and more. However his debut album Bone
Deep was first released in 2003 on the label Hidden Beach
Recordings. With Bone Appétit, a double album, he set a
powerful signal on the same label in 2012.
In 2014 followed his live album Home on Shanachie
Entertainment. Now Jeff is back with Stronger (2020)
which is equivalent to a double album in size. Jeff can boast an
illustrious collection of guest musicians. Troy "Trombone Shorty"
Andrews, Lin Rountree, Marqueal Jordan, Paula Champion, Mike
Burton, Raheem Devaughn, Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, James
Poyser, Micki Miller, Conya Doss, Glen Lewis, Frank McComb, Marsha
Ambrosius, Amber Navran, Jeff Murrell, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Wadud
Ahmad are to discover on the album.
The album opens with the martial title War & Thunder in
which Jeff delivers a musical battle with Trombone Shorty.
Sonorous sounding African
drums underscore the thoroughly time-related background.
Over Egypt was written by Dexter Wansel for the Jones Girls
in 1981. Covers exist in immense quantities as befits a classic.
Jeff Bradshaw forms with trumpeter Lin Rountree and saxophonist
Marqueal Jordan a mighty trio that credibly brings the Egyptian
Nights at the Pyramids across.
Eric Benét released Pretty Baby as third single of his
album Hurricane (2005). Jeff Bradshaw creates with the
support of the singers Paula Champion and Mike Burton an
empathetic rendition, that lets you discover new moments of this
ballad. Prototype is the fourth and final single to be
released from hip-hop duo OutKast's fifth studio album,
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003). Jeff's haunting rendition
presents vocalists Raheem Devaughn and Robert Glasper underlined
by Jeff's trombone.
Euphoria is a state of intense happiness and
self-confidence. The aptly title of the musical dialogue between
Jeff's trombone and the drums. The jazz flavored Butterfly
is dedicated to Herbie Hancock, who created this song for his
album Thrust in 1974, and features two very prominent
musicians, bassist Christian McBride & keyboardist James Poyser.
Poyser's work on keyboards is pure excellency.
Closure is an intimate ballad featuring singer Micki
Miller accompanied by Jeff's trombone and a deep bass synth. Conya
Doss revels her vocal personality on Celebrate.
Stevie Wonder's songbook is a source of inspiration. Jeff
chose the song Superwoman from this one, which he
presents us in two parts. He juxtaposes two singers who can
imitate Stevie Wonder vocally with incredible accuracy. The first
part is done by Glenn Lewis, a Canadian neo soul singer–songwriter
who has already achieved many successes through his vocal
proximity to Stevie Wonder. Even better known is Frank McComb, a
vocal genius who is also close to Wonder's timbre. Each version
has its own classical charm.
The percussive Capetown takes the listener into the
exciting world of South Africa to the fascinating city near table
mountain. Jeff interacts with saxophonist Mike Burton. Both
already had several common interfaces, for example on the
well-known Hidden Beach Unwrapped series.
I Do Sincerely features British born songstress Marsha
Ambrosius. Natalie Stewart and Marsha teamed to the neo-soul duo
Floetry and had success with albums like Floetic and Flo’Ology.
Marsha was also guest singer on Jeff's former successful albums
Bone Appétit and Home.
On Betta we have the opportunity to met the incredible
smooth voice of Amber Navran of the alternative R&B band
Moonchild. The love ballad Stay features soul singer Jeff
Murrell & the magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff. This song, the first
single of the album, combines genuinely the genres of soul, R&B
and hip hop.
Me Myself And I is dedicated to singer queen Beyoncé.
This is pure Jeff Bradshaw in all his elemental power. If the
goose bumps come slowly, then his tones have reached you. Final
tune on this long lasting album is Gratitude. The song
features rapper Wadude Ahmad in his special relationship with God.
After a long illness Jeff Bradshaw is Stronger than ever.
This album includes all his friends to whom he is gratefully
indebted and is an exact reflection of everything that makes Jeff
Bradshaw a musician.
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Artist: Jeff Bradshaw
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1) War & Thunder (4:25)
2) Nights Over Egypt (4:13)
Pretty Baby (5:18)
4) Prototype (5:01)
6) Butterfly (4:19)
7) Closure (4:30)
9) Super Woman Prt 1 (3:12)
Woman Prt 2 (4:45)
11) Capetown (4:09)
12) I Do Sincerely
13) Betta (3:57)
14) Stay (4:27)
15) Me Myself
And I (4:11)
16) Gratitude (4:06)