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Drew Davidsen – Innerspace

Guitarist Drew Davidsen started in 2007 his solo career with This Journey. Soon followed Around (Again) (2009), We 3 Stringz (2010), Spin Cycle (2011), True Drew (2013), and A Good Life (2017). With Innerspace (2018) Drew returns to the smooth jazz genre.

The new album is the product of a collaboration between Drew and producer, multi-instrumentalist Cedric Givens. At the center of the album, of course, is Drew’s electric guitar, for which Cedric creates a sensitive arrangement and instrumental environment.

The name of the label is NemBleu. Insiders will know, that guitarist Roberto Tyson and multi-instrumentalist Cedric Givens were members of the duo Nemesis Blue, which released in 1997 the album Imagination. Later they formed together with bassist Cheikh Ndoye the band N-Groove releasing the album It’s Who We Are (2007).

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Drew Davidsen – Innerspace

The collaborative artistic composite of guitarist Drew Davidsen & producer, multi-instrumentalist Cedric Givens. Totally conceived and performed by the two, the exquisite smooth acoustic guitar performances of Drew Davidsen and polished production arrangements of Cedric Givens has produced a gem called Innerspace.

The following is a quick walkthrough of the 7-track studio album.  InnerSpace, the title track sets an exploration into a cool drive or that special place to connect metaphysically with the power of the moment. Thrust is a multifaceted compelling groove accentuating a light horn line, developing into a melancholy harmonic melody of smooth rhythms highlighting the artistry which makes Drew Davidsen a virtuoso among the ranks. Bumpin, is a majestic stretch of improvisation with Django style riffs overlaying a Herbie Hancock Headhunters transition to crossover with a Billy Cobham groove, an off-script favorite indeed.

Overdrive, is the edgy/driving 2nd movement or part two of InnerSpace, the collective. Uptime is a light up-tempo thematic world music instrumental featuring Drew on acoustic guitar (a feel-good song). Laid Back and My Lullaby are what some would call a “Sunday Kind of Love” tunes. Both offerings are a poetic adagio of heartfelt Spanish melodies which complement the closure of a perfectly mastered collection of smooth jazz compositions. There is a superb balanced flow to this recording. Just put it on and take a ride.

About the music and creative process during an informal interview, Cedric and Drew discussed the process of writing the songs which they started in January of 2018. They wanted a “collection” of songs that worked together instead of one-off singles. This production has an “old school” feel meaning you can let it play from start to finish uninterrupted without losing the listener. “The focus was on writing great songs with musical sensibilities”. A lot of forethought and details go into the structure of composition, key changes, right down to tambourine jingle textures in relation to the piece. Continue reading

Drew Davidsen – Good Life

Hailing from Towson, Maryland Drew Davidsen has showcased his guitar skills on more than 30 projects. He started his solo career with the album This Journey in 2007. A project dedicated to smooth jazz and his idols George Benson, Larry Carlton and Les Sabler.

His newest project Good Life is filled with songs and stories from his life. It’s the record that his stepbrother encourage him to make during the final years of his life. So he is dedicating this record to Nick Tischler! For Drew it also represents growth as an artist/songwriter. For all his smooth/contemporary jazz fans. Track 8 “Pulling Me Closer” was written specifically for you guys. Think a smooth Lee Ritenour meets Michael Franks.

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Drew Davidsen – True Drew

Guitarist Drew Davidsen is a constant contributor to the smooth jazz genre. After the release of his debut solo album This Journey (2007), followed Around (Again) (2009), We 3 Stringz (2010) and Spin Cycle (2011). Now he is back with True Drew (2013).

The album was co-produced by Eric Copeland, Norman Connors, Preston Glass and Drew himself. He was joined by numerous top-notch musicians like Bobby Lyle, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Veasley and many more.

What else can be the focus of a guitar album as the guitar? So Drew presents us My Guitar in an infectious mix of guitar and vocals. By the way he performs on a solid-body 24-fret Carvin.

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Drew Davidsen – True Drew

TrueDrewA slick, cosmopolitan showcase of a dozen contemporary jazz instrumentals, cool-toned guitarist Drew Davidsen elevates his technical prowess and creative muse while contemplatively chronicling his journey through life on “TRUE DREW,” his fifth album that will be released March 5th on Oznot Records.  In addition to his impassioned, fanciful fretwork on electric, acoustic and nylon-stringed guitars, Davidsen wrote or co-wrote seven original tunes for the disc that he produced with Eric Copeland, Preston Glass and Norman Connors.  Setting the stage at radio is “Hi5,” which adeptly bridges the sensibilities of a hip L.A. rooftop hang and sultry songo rhythms.

The material that makes up “TRUE DREW” mirrors the mission of the man.  Beginning with the infectious “My Guitar” that is ignited by a spirit-raising guitar and celestial vocal hook, Davidsen ventures onto “95 South” in search of an energetic exploration, brazenly allowing the music – jazz, R&B, blues and adult pop – to be his guide.  Riffing adventurously throughout, he gives a “Hi5” to his traveling companions on the album, an accomplished lot that boasts Bobby Lyle, Eric Marienthal, Bob Baldwin, Gerald Veasley, and the Temptations’ Ron Tyson.

When life forces him to take risks (“Double or Nothin’”), he pauses for reflection (“All Night and Forever” and a brooding, New Age-y take on the classic hymnal “All Creatures”) before arriving at the “Sweet Spot” where he encounters love (“I’m Into You,” “I Can’t Help It” and “Give Me Your Heart”).  A man of faith who devotes his time and a portion of the proceeds from all music sales to charitable endeavors such as Ghanaian Mother’s Hope (www.GMHope.org), Davidsen ultimately remains true to the path to “Do Right” and “Change The World.”  In fact, he’s currently encouraging people to make healthier choices in the New Year via The 30-Day Wellness Challenge (www.30DayWellnessChallenge.com).

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Drew Davidsen – Spin Cycle

Towson, Maryland born Drew Davidsen was over 12 years lead guitarist of Baltimore’s Richard Walton Group. After leaving the band he released his debut solo album This Journey (2007). On his sophomore album Around (Again) (2009) he followed his idol George Benson performing on his own Ibanez guitar.

With his next album We 3 Stringz (2010) he featured smooth jazz stars like Chuck Loeb and Paul Jackson, Jr. Now is the time for Spin Cycle (2011). His latest three albums were produced by Creative Soul Jazz’s Eric Copeland.

Davidsen is joined on this album by Nashville Session Player Jazz Super Group called Player A, who recently released their album Our Own Devices (2011). The group consists of Eric Copeland, John Hammond, Gary Lunn, and Brian Fullen. Guest musician on this project is keyboardist Jay Rowe, known as member of Chieli Minucci’s band Special EFX.

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Drew Davidsen – Spin Cycle

Hailing from Towson, Maryland Drew Davidsen has showcased his guitar skills on more than 30 projects. He started his solo career with the album This Journey in 2007. A project dedicated to smooth jazz and his idols George Benson, Larry Carlton and Les Sabler.

Spin Cycle is fun, funky, grooving smooth / contemporary jazz that features guitar. It was recorded in Franklin TN with “Player A”! Produced by Eric Copeland and mixed by Bill Whittington it’s a winner!  This is Drew Davidsen’s 4rth album. Spin Cycle is a hip, cool, record. This album also features keyboard legend “Jay Rowe.” For more information visit www.drewdavidsen.com.

The album is currently available for download at CDBaby.

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