Remembrance 1955 to 1963
The Jazz Sapiens
New from The Jazz Sapiens - Remembrance 1955 to 1963
Digital release date: 8 December 2023 (also on Bandcamp)
The Jazz Sapiens is a thrilling new collective made up of London's finest jazz musicians. Between them, they have played with a Who’s Who of leading contemporary music artists including Incognito, John McLaughlin, Gregory Porter, Steve Winwood, Laura Mvula and The Brand New Heavies.
The band came together to record music for the Peabody Award-winning documentary, The Jazz Ambassadors. The original score, composed by Michael J McEvoy, was inspired by events that took place during the civil rights movement, when African American musicians were sent overseas by the US State Department to perform in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Recorded live over two days with expanded arrangements by Mike and saxophonist, Paul Booth, this eclectic and soulful album also features Kevin Robinson, Mark Mondesir, Tom Walsh, Karl Rasheed Abel, Freddie Gavita, Graeme Blevins, Richard Henry and Robbie Harvey.
Where is the Love
John Reid's love letter to the Philadelphia sound, Where is the Love
Single Release Date: 30 June 2023
Renowned Scots soul singer and songwriter, John Reid is set to captivate retro-soul music lovers with the release of his highly anticipated single, 'Where is the Love.'
Influenced by the timeless sound of 1970's Philadelphia soul, Reid delivers an authentic and heartfelt performance, sure to leave a lasting impression. Drawing inspiration from legends such as Luther Vandross, The O'Jays and Bobby Caldwell, John Reid effortlessly transports audiences back to the golden age of soul music, while infusing his own unique style of silky, soaring vocals.
Michael J McEvoy
Michael J McEvoy's Latin-jazz extravaganza, Together
Single Release Date: 10 February 2023
This soulful and fully live orchestral production brims with classic 1960s and ‘70s Latin-jazz vibes. Featuring drummer extraordinaire, Richard Bailey (Jeff Beck, Incognito, Steve Winwood) and the horn and woodwinds of Latin-jazz band, Trypl (Paul Booth, Trevor Mires, Ryan Quigley), the song is produced and arranged by Michael who also performs keyboards, guitars, bass and vocals.
Sweet backing vocal support comes from Jasmine Duxbury and the song was mixed by Eli Thompson in Dolby Atmos at Studio One, Olbys Creative Hub, Margate, Kent.
John Reid pays it forward with new single I.O.U.
Single Release Date: 27 January 2023
I.O.U. is a slinky, mid-tempo floor filler with the same 80s vibe that proved so popular on John Reid’s Soul Sessions Vol 1. This classy old-school production features John’s smooth and soulful vocals complemented by lush backing vocal arrangements, slap bass, and funky horns courtesy of Horn House.
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Light Up My World
by John Reid
John Reid dazzles with new single, Light Up My World
Single Release Date: 28 October 2022
Rezzonator Music announces an exciting new release from blue-eyed soul man and Nightcrawlers’ vocalist, John Reid. The digital single, Light Up My World is the first track from the Scots singer’s new collection, Soul Sessions Vol. 2, the follow-up to his stunning debut solo album, Nightcrawlers Soul Sessions Vol. 1 in 2018. John is best known for legendary 90s club anthem, Push the Feeling On, a recent smash hit remix with Big Narstie. Behind the scenes at The X Factor, he went on to write number one hits for stars Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis, A Moment Like This and Westlife’s Unbreakable, plus chart-topping songs for Il Divo, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart and Keith Urban.
Light Up My World was co-written with Michael J McEvoy and Ernie McKone (of Boogie Back Records fame). Over the decades, they’ve contributed their talents to U.S. stars Kindred Soul & the Family, Tracy Hamlin, Lalomie Washburn, plus JT Quartet, Galliano, Mark Morrison and Soul II Soul, among others. In true old-school style, John’s songs are produced using only live instruments, capturing the groove and feel of late ‘70s and early ‘80s classic productions, creating a sound brimming with soulful warmth and emotion. Available on all digital platforms and to download from 28 October.