Posts Tagged ‘ U-NAM ’

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.

U-Nam – The Early Tapes 94-95

Paris born guitarist Emmanuel Abiteboul, better known as U-Nam, recently released his first DVD, entitle Live At Anthology. He is also known by his albums The Past Builds the Future, Back From the 80’s and Unanimity. While these previous mentioned albums present his elegant smooth jazz style, the DVD reveals his quality as solo guitarist.

He began playing guitar, when he was 12. As a teen he studied at CIM, the Paris-based jazz school between 1986 and 1989. With 20 he was already an in-demand studio musician. During this time he released his first solo album on the Swiss/American Funk label, Lakeside Music originally called The Gars Is Back. I assumed this album would have faded away in the doom of time.

But fortunately U-Nam still owns this treasury of the past. Now The Early Tapes 94/95 are available as digital download at CDBaby. The album features French jazz musicians such as Franck Sitbon (keyboards), Denis Guivarc’h (saxophone), Franck Ridacker (drums), Alex Aledji (bass) and more.

U-Nam’s style performed on the up-tempo The Gars Is Back differs slightly from the previous mentioned albums. He treats the guitar with energy performing an edgy acid jazz.

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