The sweet, smooth sounds of Alvin Clayton Pope are headed your way with the forthcoming release of his new album of jazz pop tunes, Soul of Man. Inspiring, cool and hot at the same time, energetic yet laid back – there’s depths to the smooth jazz sounds of Pope’s stylish songwriting and singular performance style.
Pope’s distinctive use of timbre and texture and his harmonic and rhythmic structures bring depth to his music. “You’ll hear a blend of old and new concepts in sound that can be appreciated by various listeners,” he says. Pope – who plays keyboard, alto sax and guitar – first found himself enjoying a career as a musician performing in a variety of cover bands. As his career developed, he found himself working as music director for a vocal group. About that time he found himself developing shows to open for The Temptations, Four Tops and Manhattans, among others.
Following that era in Pope’s career, he further expanded his musical efforts by diving deeply into composition, production and arranging original material for indie labels. In the present, Pope has his attentions full forced on his solo career, including forays into film and television composition. Besides artists mentioned above, Pope has opened for Ruby Dee with Ozzie Davis. He has functioned as sound engineer, doing mixes for Angela Bofill, War, President Bill Clinton and Waylon Jennings. He has performed not only in the United States, but also in Canada, Kenya and South Africa.
His new album is released in Janurary 2012. He is currently working with A&R Select, the world’s leading independent artist development firm, based out of Los Angeles, CA. More information is available by visiting www.myspace.com/alvinclaytonpope and www.arselect.com. Soul of Man is available at CDBaby.