Posts Tagged ‘ U-NAM ’

U-Nam – The Essential Collection

Paris born guitarist U-Nam makes his fans a generous gift. His very personal Best Of-album comprises a total of 16 selected pieces from his current career path, there of two brand-new releases.

The starting track Street Life, taken from the album Back from the 80’s was a huge hit of Randy Crawford and the Crusaders. “Some covers were better suited to the album since I wanted to shine the melody on guitar,” U-Nam says. “I’ve been a fan of ‘Street Life’ for many years and the keyboard solo by Joe Sample.” If you are familiar with the original you certainly remarks the identity with the original. But U-Nam’s version excels with Jeff Lorber’s fine keyboard art and U-Nam’s superior guitar performance serving the instrumental substitute of the vocals. A landmark of smooth jazz.

Going For Miles from the album Surface Level spreads fun with a Nile Rodgers (Chic) inspired tune. Rhythm, guitar riffs and even the electric drums are in full effect. Groove Paradise from the same album copies dangerously well the spirit of the 80’s with flutes, strings and much percussion and detached from all U-Nam’s performing a Benson like guitar.

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U-Nam – Surface Level

Guitar virtuoso U-Nam is not stingy with bright colors and catchy music. A herald of smooth jazz, he has led in the youngest past the music of George Benson to new heights. With Surface Level he returns to his roots, the music of the 80’s.

Besides U-Nam who performs guitars, bass, talk box, vocoder, programming, editing, keyboards, chimes are playing Shannon Kennedy (sax, flute), Christian Martinez (trumpet), Denis Bennarosh and Ramon Yslas (percussion), Dwayne “Smitty” Smith (bass), Maria Grig (viola and violin), Fran Merante and Jorel “JFly” Flynn (drums), Bill Steinway and Bob Baldwin (piano), Valeriy Stepanov (Fender Rhodes & Clavinet), Kim Chandler and Tim “Tio” Owens (vocals).

The starting Going For Miles spreads fun with a Nile Rodgers (Chic) inspired tune. Rhythm, guitar riffs and even the electric drums are in full effect. Groove Paradise copies dangerously well the spirit of the 80’s with flutes, strings and much percussion and detached from all U-Nam’s performing a Benson like guitar.

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Groove LTD. – First Class

GrooveLTD-FirstClassWhen two musical elemental forces come together, something extraordinary is created. Guitarist U-NAM is known by his solo projects The Past Builds The Future (2005), Back From the 80’s (2007), Unanimity (2009), Weekend in L.A. (A Tribute To George Benson) (2012) and C’est Le Funk (2014). Saxophonist Shannon Kennedy received attention with Angel Eyes (2005) and in 2007 with Steppin Up and Never My Love.

Now both reveal their collective debut under the group name Groove LTD. releasing the album First Class. The duo is joined by keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen, vocalist Maysa Leak, percussionist Paulinho DaCosta, drummer Michael White, bassist Dwayne “Smitty” Smith , Neo-Soul singer Myron Davis, steel drums master Andy Narell, as well as many more.

Groove LTD. opens the album with First Class and covers its name with glory. The song shimmers in Benson like guitar style with Shannon’s extra sax appeal fully equipped with a string orchestra. Uprising turns up the volume with a disco beat with Shannon completely unleashed and an exceptionally disposed Jonathan Fritzen on piano.

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U-NAM – C’est Le Funk

Originally from Paris guitarist U-NAM delivers one gem after another. With The Past Builds The Future (2005), Back From the 80’s (2007), Unanimity (2009) and Weekend in L.A. (A Tribute To George Benson) (2012) he set milestones of smooth jazz. His new album C’est Le Funk will be released on September 8th, 2014 in digital version, the physical follows on 15th.

Multi-instrumentalist U-NAM is joined on this project by Dwayne “Smitty” Smith and Darryl Williams (bass), Tim “TiO” Owens, Gennine Francis-Jackson (vocals) and Shannon Kennedy (vocals, saxophone and flutes), Michael White (drums), Denis Benarrosh (percussion), Bill Steinway (Fender Rhodes, Piano), Kim Hansen (Fender Rhodes and keyboards), Christian Martinez (trumpet), Raymond Gimenes and Maria Grigoryeva (strings).

After the release of the first single, C’est Le Funk, and after writing and producing RSVP featuring Donnie for James Day U-NAM had the idea to create this new album. Following the collaboration between Daft Punk/Nile Rodgers, James asked him to do a “Chic” influenced-tune that heavily featured funky guitar.

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U-Nam – The Past Builds the Future (Deluxe Edition)

U-Nam‘s first album, deluxe edition 20 tracks, including all the US,Europe and Japan Bonus Tracks as well as the Remixes. featuring Rahsaan Patterson, Phil Perry, Jeff Lorber, Abiodun ( The Last Poets ) and more is now available at CDBaby.

U-Nam – Weekend in L.A.

Rarely has one musician put down such a strong start as the guitarist originally from Paris, called U-Nam. Out of nowhere, he surprised the connoisseurs of smooth jazz scene with his albums The Past Builds The Future (2005), Back From the 80’s (2007) and Unanimity (2009). What unites all the albums is U-Nam’s ardent admiration for the master of Smooth Jazz George Benson.

It begins with the partial selection of songs like Breezin’ M.A. or Mister GB and ends with the choice of his instruments Ibanez Guitars. What could be more than nails to do the job and create the ultimate tribute album Weekend In L.A. The album was in the air with thunder inspired by his visit at Benson’s home being invited by his buddy Robbie (one of GB’s son’s) and his impressions he talked about in an interview lately.

U-Nam has cut the umbilical cord of the record companies and funded his new project via Pledge Music. The album includes a mega-all-star line up of artists and musicians including but not limited to George Duke, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson Jr, Phil Perry, Patrice Rushen, Stokley Williams ( Mint Condition ),Tim “TiO” Owens, Wah Wah Watson, Andreas Oberg, Michael White, Dio Saucedo and many more.

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U-Nam – The Best Of U

U-Nam, the guitarist with a memorable name and an acrobatic, soulful and sweet melodic touch, with “Back From the 80’s” has crafted music firmly rooted in funky smooth jazz but crossing into genres as excitingly diverse as R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock and Chill. He calls it “Classy, Jazzy, Funky, Frenchy.”

For his fans and those, who discovered his work for the first time he presents his album The Best Of U.  A compilation of the best songs, remixes and hits of Chart Topper French Soul/Jazz Artist U-Nam including the latest single “Act Like You Know” feat. Tim “TiO” Owens , an exclusive new remix of the number 1 US Billboard song of 2007 “Street Life” as well as exclusives Live Versions of the hit songs “Street Life” and “Keep The Faith” recorded in 2010 in Anthology, San Diego, CA.

Special guests on this compilation includes Rahsaan Patterson,Phil Perry, Abiodun ( The Last Poets ), Daddy-O ( Stetasonic ), Myron Davis, Nyr and much more…

The Best Of U is available at CDBaby.