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U-Nam – U-Nam Goes Big Band The Remixes

In conjunction with Skytown Records, and with all profits going to the fight against COVID-19, and to COVID-19 relief charities, jazz guitarist and Billboard chart-topper U-Nam is creating a four track ‘EP’ of remixes from his ‘U-Nam Goes Big Band’ recording. ‘U-Nam Goes Big Band’ is a sumptuous eleven track rendering of sophisticated mood jazz and since its release on March 27 has made a fabulous start in both the Jazz and Smooth Jazz Radio Charts. On its first week it became most added on Jazzweek while the first single, ‘Dance’ was most added on the US Billboard Smooth Jazz National Airplay chart.
A second single, ‘Each Day A Gift’ featuring vocalist and UK X-Factor first winner Steve Brookstein is slated for imminent release while the remix project shines a dazzling spotlight on the creativity that has long been U-Nam’s calling card.

Take for example his ‘Nu-Orleans’ remix of ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ for which he adds a whole load of zest and guarantees to set feet tapping everywhere. Not only that, the expansive Latin flavoured ‘Miami Remix’ of ‘The One’ is perhaps an even greater hip swayer than the album original while another track with a decidedly Latin disposition is the wonderful ‘The World to Me’ that U-Nam embellishes with his own special brand of ‘Electro Swing’.

The extended player’s only vocal number is the appropriately named ‘From Estonia with Love’ remix of the vibrant ‘The Dance Must Go On’ which would fit perfectly on any James Bond soundtrack. Mixing elements of hip-hop and R&B with a distinctly Cab Calloway vibe, U-Nam also makes full use of wah wah trumpet from Christian Martinez to build an inspirational platform for Susanna Aleksandra’s smoky vocals. Make no mistake, and picking up on the James Bond theme, this is a track that will leave the listener both shaken and stirred.

There are only a few established artists capable of taking a genre busting U-turn to reinvent themselves with a project such as ‘U-Nam Goes Big Band’. U-Nam is certainly one of them.

U-Nam – U-Nam Goes Big Band

Guitarist U-Nam is commonly known for his skillful reinterpretation of the style of George Benson and Nile Rodgers, which runs through many of his albums. His recourse to the funky music of the 70s and 80s is also popular. But with his new album U-Nam Goes Big Band (2020) he now falls back on the traditional big band music as known from Duke Ellington or Glen Miller.

The album is based on a collaboration between U-Nam and the Lutz Krajenski Big Band. The band leader Lutz Krajenski has already performed with Tom Jones, Ulrich Tukur, Roachford, Inga Rumpf, Udo Jürgens, Randy Crawford, Jasmin Tabatabai, Mousse T and more. One can therefore speak of a pronounced tendency towards popular music, which has been translated into the language of jazz.

U-Nam performs on this album lead and whawha guitar, Lutz “Hammond” Krajenski acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes keyboards and band leader, Thorten Benkenstein, Phillip Kacza & Nicolas Boysen trumpet and flugelhorn, Gunter Bollmann & Andreas Barkhoff trombone, Sebastian Hoffmann bass trombone, Bjorne Berger & Fiete Felsh alto sax, Gabriel Coburger & Ben Kraef tenor sax, Bjorne Berger, Fiete Felsh, Gabriel Coburger & Edgar Herzog flute, Bjorne Berger clarinet, Edgar Herzog bass clarinet,  and baritone sax, Sandra Hempel rhythm guitar, Peter Gall drums, Herve Jeanne double bass & electric bass, Rainer V. Egestoff mouth harp & vibes, Ricardo Padilla & Denis Benarrosh percussion,  Susanna Aleksandra & Steve Brookstein vocals.

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U-Nam – U-Nam Goes Big Band

There are only a few established artists who are capable of reinventing themselves and jazz guitarist and Billboard chart-topper U-Nam is certainly one of them. As if to prove it he will release the genre busting “U-Nam Goes Big Band”, 03/27/2020, on the Skytown Records label.

Coming off the back of a scintillating 2019 that saw him enjoy huge chart success with his 2 sensational albums “Future Love Parts 1 and 2” (that reached #20 on the Top25 Billboard Jazz Best Selling Album Chart and #8 in the Contemporary Jazz category) this is an exciting new direction for U-Nam to take but, with nine Top30 Billboard radio hits already to his name and an approach recognised as always innovative and often daring, his reputation for shaking the musical world to its core is already firmly in place.

“U-Nam Goes Big Band”, a sumptuous eleven track rendering of sophisticated mood jazz, is made even more enticing by the amazing back-story that first put it on U-Nam’s radar. A phone call to his Los Angeles studio from Estonian producer Mikk Targo is all it took. Targo, CEO and Founder of the Estonian Author Society EAU had, for the past several years, been working with a panel of music industry experts to select from what was generally regarded as the best one hundred songs Estonia has ever produced. As they did so a body of work emerged that was not only a glimpse into the nation’s musical heritage but also an outstanding showcase for the renowned Lutz Krajenski Big Band. Continue reading

U-Nam – The Love Vault (Future Love Part 2)

When it comes to his musical career, Paris born guitar virtuoso Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul has done everything right. Not only does he look back on a veritable number of his own productions, but he has recently helped a larger amount of musicians to their starting lords.

The Love Vault (Future Love Part 2) is the continuation of his 2019 release Future Love a review of his personal development over the last few months. Some react to personal problems with passivity, while others, such as U-nam, plunge into exuberant activity.

U-Nam performs on the new album guitars, Talk Box, Vocoder, bass, synth bass, keyboards, programming and editing. Additional musicians on selected tracks are Denis Benarrosh (percussion), Michael White, Fran Merante (drums), Bill Steinway (Fender Rhodes), Christian Martinez (trumpet & flugelhorn), Gennine Francis-Jackson (background vocals),  Mattias Roos  (Rhodes, piano), Darko Vlahovic (bass) and Magdalena Chovancova (sax, flute).

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U-NAM – The Love Vault Future Love Part 2

Paris born guitar virtuoso Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul is showing his generous side again. With twelve tracks on his new album The Love Vault Future Love Part 2 he provides us with plenty of good music. The Love Vault Future Love Part 2 is U-Nam’s positive view of things and the continuation of the album Future Love (2019).

The tracking list of the new album:

1. Love Potion
2. Back Seat Lover
3. Sexy Fresh
4. You & Me (High Priority)
5. Sharlee
6. Soul Walkin’
7. Into the Night
8. Sunset Groove
9. Celebrate Your Body feat. J.D’s Time Machine
10. Hear My Dear feat. Magdalena Chovancova
11. Love Potion (Dub Playalong Mix)
12. Sexy Fresh (Radio Edit)

You can pre-order the album on Amazon.com.

U-Nam – Future Love

Paris born guitar virtuoso Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul is showing his generous side again. With fifteen tracks on his new album Future Love he provides us with plenty of good music. Future Love is U-Nam’s positive view of things.

A large number of top-notch musicians have participated in this gigantic project. U-Nam performs guitars, bass, keyboards, synth bass, Vocoder and also made programming and editing. Further musicians are Alex Al, Dwayne “Smitty” Smith (bass), Denis Benarrosh (percussion), Fran Merante, Michael White (drums), Christian Martinez (trumpet & flugelhorn), Andrey Chmut (sax), Valeriy Stepanov, Mathias Roos, Bill Steinway (Rhodes), Frank Sitborn (Rhodes and Clavinet), Maria Grig (viola and violin), Kim Hansen (B3 organ),  Tim “Tio” Owens, Kim Chandler (vocals), and Shannon Abiteboul (sax and flute).

U-Nam loves it terrific and so the album starts with Changes uncomprisingly, volume pulled on maximum. The result is like a musical battle of George Benson and Nile Rodgers. The unbridled passion is also the main driving force of the title song and and with all the stops from George Benson’s stylistic wardrobe is the enthusiasm of the audience in the bag.

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U-Nam – Future Love

Sometimes the making of music can be uplifting. At other times it can simply be entertaining. Yet in the case of Future Love, the brand new release from writer, producer and guitarist extraordinaire Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul the activity has been nothing short of cathartic.

From the debris of a complicated divorce that occurred in Autumn of 2018, this musical trendsetter with nine Top30 Billboard hits to his name has used the creative process to purge the emotions and relieve the tensions that for a while hung heavily upon him. Not only that, with the title Future Love he is making a bold statement as to what might come next, a message that particularly resonates through the zesty title cut which also happens to be the first single serviced to radio.

Indeed with eleven of his own compositions plus two sublimely selected covers “Future Love” shines with an optimism for the future that U-Nam clearly has. That said, far from being guilty of self-indulgence, he remains totally focused on the detail that invariably makes U-Nam’s music special. This extends to the way he deploys live drums throughout and real strings for songs such as “Changes” and the dazzling “Good Old Days” that come courtesy of Maria Grig on violin and viola. Continue reading

U-Nam – Weekend in L.A (A Tribute to George Benson) [Deluxe Edition]

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. The Deluxe Edition offers 15 songs and lots of bonuses with alternate versions.

Get it now on CDBaby.

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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