John Blackwell Project – 4ever Jia

This album is about redemption, rebirth and truth, coupled with the musician’s love of their art and the song. It features musicians who have been heard on thousands of CDs playing what they want to play how they want to play it. It features performances from folks who have played with James Taylor, Justin Timberlake, Prince, Carly Simon, Alicia Keys, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Cameo, Hall & Oates and many, many more.

They have played on songs which have formed much of the soundtrack of the last thirty years. For a musician, performance and writing and recording is art, catharsis and just what they do. In the case of this CD, the death of John Blackwell‘s daughter Jia (to whom the album is dedicated), meant that this record was a necessary release of emotion and love.

To achieve that aim, John surrounded himself with like minded musicians who shared the desire to do something different: to tap into the jazz tradition and to play with soul and funk; to draw on personal and musical inspiration; to pay tribute to those who came before and at the same time to leave their own legacy on the musical world. This is a self released CD which always strove to put the music and the musician first and has succeeded in doing so. It pays homage to past trailblazers but never loses its own spirit: a spirit which is unique among much of the music available today. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed playing!

For all friends of jazz funk and jazz fusion my recommendation, listen to this album at CDBaby.

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