virtuoso U-Nam is not stingy with bright colors and catchy
music. A herald of smooth jazz, he has led in the youngest past the
music of George Benson to new heights. With Surface Level
he returns to his roots, the music of the 80's.
Besides U-Nam who performs guitars, bass, talk box, vocoder,
programming, editing, keyboards, chimes are playing Shannon Kennedy
(sax, flute), Christian Martinez (trumpet), Denis Bennarosh and
Ramon Yslas (percussion), Dwayne "Smitty" Smith (bass), Maria Grig
(viola and violin), Fran Merante and Jorel "JFly" Flynn (drums),
Bill Steinway and Bob Baldwin (piano), Valeriy Stepanov (Fender
Rhodes & Clavinet), Kim Chandler and Tim "Tio" Owens (vocals).
The starting Going For Miles spreads fun with a Nile Rodgers
(Chic) inspired tune. Rhythm, guitar riffs and even the electric
drums are in full effect. Groove Paradise copies
dangerously well the spirit of the 80's with flutes, strings and
much percussion and detached from all U-Nam's performing a Benson
On Back in Style he pushes with his guitar a wave of
accompanying music playing the melody stoically thematic. The group
Mary Jane released in 1983 the song All Night Long heavily
sampled by Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and more. U-Nam keeps it easy and
accessible with his instrumental version.
Plus de Funk! advantageously adapts Bensons style of
Deborah, Deborah rebuilding it into a new sonic discovery.
Spice of Life methodically emphasizes this concept with
splashes of Cameo and Chic on the bass side. The song was originally
recorded by Manhattan Transfer. Surface Level celebrates
U-Nam's guitar virtuosity in harmonic progression. West Indeed
brings newness into U-Nam's music. A new creative territory and
enrichment of U-Nam's multifaceted style.
The Sound of Music (1983) was the most popular song of the
Funk group Dayton. U-Nam presents his contemporary cover completing
the stellar impression. On Cool Blue he reveals another
creative side inspired by the late Ronny Jordan. His fans will
discover essences of After Hours from the groundbreaking
album The Antidote. The album also offers bonus tracks of
Back in Style and The Sound of Music.
With Surface Level
U-Nam puts his own spin on the funky guitar
music. A pure vivid piece of irrepressible joy.
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Genre: Smooth Jazz
Going for Miles
Groove Paradise 4:04
Back in Style 5:37
4. Mary Jane (All Night Long) 5:32
Spice of Life 3:44
Surface Level 5:26
West Indeed 3:58
9. The Sound of Music 6:28
(In Memory of Ronny Jordan)
Back in Style
The Sound of Music
U-NAM - Back From The 80's
The Early Tapes 94/95
Weekend in L.A. (A Tribute To George Benson)
Live @ Anthology [DVD]
C'est Le Funk