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Jeff Bradshaw and Friends – Home

Mr. Magic Slide Jeff Bradshaw is back with his first Live album at Shanachie Entertainment entitled Home. The album was recorded at Philadelphia’s premiere arts venue, The Kimmel Center, in May 28, 2014. Jeff’s band of 20 members supported guest musicians Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson, Tweet, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Trombone Shorty, Black Thought, Take 6, Bilal, Will Downing, Kenny Lattimore, and Najee. Jeff was boosting his horn-heavy ensemble with a ten-piece string section of members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and other chamber ensembles from the city.

Robert Glasper coproduced the album together with Jeff. Jointly they planned the event and the participating artists, all Jeff’s friends. He comments꞉ “I just want people to know that this is the best of me thus far. I believe in my heart that this is the album of the year because it is a collection of brilliance that magnifies my gift. That’s what it is. It’s a live collection of brilliance that magnifies the gift that God gave me.″

The event starts with the intro Open Your Eyes. It should be better called Open Your Ears Impressing vocals meet Jeff’s phenomenal trombone play. Not perfectly timed but that is the raw version of a live concert. Robert Glasper introduces into harmonic ballad All Time Love with a skillful piano solo featuring vocalists Charlene Keys, whose stage name is Tweet and Eric Roberson aka Erro. When Jeff enters the ring, the tune turns wild.

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Jeff Bradshaw – Home

HomeOnce upon a time R&B was known for great live performances marked by passion, spontaneity and even transcendence through the great soul revues at such storied venues as The Apollo Theater, The Howard Theater and The Uptown. The musicians playing behind the singers were often the finest players from the realms of R&B jazz and gospel, who delivered intricate arrangements, electrifying solos and undeniable groove. In recent times, such performances have been rare but the hunger for that special sort of musical experience is still there and maybe it just takes someone with great determination and vision to bring it back. Jeff Bradshaw, a key player in Philadelphia’s influential neo-soul scene is the man with such vision.

As a boy in Philadelphia Bradshaw performed with brass bands on Broad Street, just a stone’s throw from the spot where Philadelphia¹s most prestigious performing arts center, The Kimmel Center, stands today; he dreamed: why not bring the crème-de-la-crème of singers and players to The Kimmel for a genre-crossing one-night-only musical event that would replicate the excitement of the classic R&B revues for this generation of fans? Since Bradshaw¹s trombone has propelled horn-sections for everyone from Jill Scott to Jay Z and Erykah Badu to Kirk Franklin, this was an easy sell.

The respect accorded Jeff Bradshaw by his peers is shown by the impressive list of artists who wanted to be a part of the concert: Marsha Ambrosius, Will Downing, Black Thought of The Roots, Kim Burrell, Take 6, Najee, Bilal, Eric Roberson, Tweet, Kenny Lattimore, Trombone Shorty and Executive Producer and Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper, whose recent BLACK RADIO albums have been innovative fusions of jazz and R&B, becoming some of the biggest-selling jazz releases of the past decade–ironically scoring big with a concept Jeff Bradshaw had been presenting for years. Bradshaw’s Kimmel Center dream came to fruition on May 28, 2014 and the result was a sold-out success in front of a rapturous, wildly appreciative audience. HOME will be released on March 31, 2015 by Shanachie Entertainment, enabling those who were not there to enjoy the magical experience. Continue reading

Jim Brickman – Home

As the best selling solo pianist of our time, Jim Brickman’s music has given us “Faith,” “Hope,” “Joy” and created a “Beautiful World.” With his new CD, released exclusively for Target Stores nationwide through Somerset Entertainment the week of October 11, America’s piano sensation takes us Home, with a breathtaking collection of 18 original country-flavored songs, including four bonus tracks.

“Thank You,” (featuring American Idol’s 8th season fifth place finalist Matt Giraud’s soulful vocal), is the first single release and follows Jim’s previous two consecutive #1 singles, “Beautiful World,” with Adam Crossley and “Never Alone” featuring Lady Antebellum. A song inspired by Jim’s fans, “Thank You” shares a universal message that’s memorable. Jim states: “All these years, the fans applause has meant thank you to me! When they listen to the words, I hope each one knows this song was written especially for them.”

Jim Brickman’s signature style of playing and songwriting has earned him six Gold and Platinum selling albums, 29 charted adult radio hits, Grammy® nods in 2003 and 2009, two SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” awards, a Canadian Country Music Award and a Dove Award, presented by the Gospel Music Association. He has established a reputation for hit collaborations with many gifted musical artists crossing all genres, including: Martina McBride, Gerald Levert, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Pam Tillis, Michael Bolton, Sara Evans, Donny Osmond and Olivia Newton-John. For HOME, in addition to Matt Giraud, Jim features HLN anchor Robin Meade appropriately on the track “Welcome Home,” which was written for our troops returning from deployment. Continue reading

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