Kansas City bass player Julian Vaughn has started his solo career
with The Purpose Project (2010). After his debut album, a
total of five albums have followed on the Trippin' & Rhythm label.
Now Julian has returned to independent status and has funded his
new album Solo via an Indiegogo campaign.
The album can be purchased now through Julian's website or on
Amazon. Julian has written all tracks. Most of the tunes were
produced by him, Love Connection by Lew Laing,
Coastin' by Adam Hawley and My Prayer by Nicolas
Cole. A huge variety of other musicians have participated in his
new project, which are listed in the credits.
The opener Take That comes up with punchy energy, which
is supported by brass instruments. In the familiar tradition of
his earlier albums, Julian leads the way with the bass.
Driving along the coast, letting the wind pull through your hair
and listening to some cool music is a pleasure of a special kind.
Together with sax player Darren Rahn, Julian provides on
Coastin' the appropriate accompanying music. Hermosa
is the Spanish word for beautiful. The aptly titled tune is
entirely dedicated to Spanish flavored music.
The title Bass Trap sounds strange. Julian's bass leads
us into an ingratiating embrace with Marcus Anderson's sax. The
sassy and edgy Busta Move grooves with a funky attitude.
If you are looking for elegant and eclectic structure, you will
find it at Next Time.
Julian Vaughn comes from a deeply religious family; his
grandfather was a minister, as was his father. He himself grew up
in church music. My Prayer therefore not only sounds
authentic but is also from his innermost soul.
Funk Yo Fusion sounds quite different in his introduction
than we have known Julian so far. But it remains with this
introductory quote, Julian does not turn to Jazz Fusion. Ethan
Ridings provides the hooky outro on his distorted guitar. Love
Connection swings the romantic chord, with the horns not
missing old smooth jazz quotes.
On The Offering Julian kicks anew to the horn powered
groove. Great compliment to Emmanuel Echem for his superb horn
arrangement. The final tune is a tribute to Willie C. Vaughn,
Julian's grandfather, who bought Julian his first bass and taught
him to play the instrument. But Julian's playing style is deeply
influenced by the late Wayman Tisdale.
That in mind you understand Julian Vaughn's heritage and his new
album Solo. Those who loves the singing sonic bass,
shouldn't miss this project.
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Julian Vaughn
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1) Take That (4:17)
2) Coastin' (4:04)
3) Hermosa (3:52)
4) Bass Trap (4:42)
5) Busta Move (4:34)
6) Next Time
7) My Prayer (4:11)
8) Funk Yo Fusion (4:25)
Love Connection (4:31)
10) The Offering (4:24)
Chapters Of Love
Mel Brown - Bass;
Darrel Freeman - Synth Bass: 1
Julian Vaughn -
Adam Hawley - Guitar: 1,2,3,5,8
Andrew Freeman - Guitar: 9
Ethan Ridings - Guitar: 6,8
Mike Hart-Guitar: 10,11
Jeremy Nixon - Keys: 3,4,6,8,10,11
Greg Manning - Keys: 1,5
Nicholas Cole - Keys: 7
Lew Laing - Keys: 9
Caleb Middleton - Keys: 2
Trotman - Sax: 3
Marcus Anderson - Sax: 1,4,8,11
Donald Hayes - Sax: 6
Darren Rahn - Sax: 2
- Sax: 5
Emmanuel Echem - Trumpet: 1,10
- Drums: 2,8,10,11
RJ Kelley - Drums: 1
- Drums: 5
Emmanuel Echem - Horn Section: 1,10