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DW3 – Vintage Truth

Core members of jazz powerhouse DW3 are Eric and Billy Mondragon and Damon Reel. They are regularly performing in the Los Angeles area, especially in Seal Beach’s Spaghettini. But also already graced several festivals and cruises.

Dw3 Live @ Spaghettinis was their first album in 2006, followed by Life, Love & Music (2008), On the Floor (2013) and Vintage Truth (2015). They describe themselves as a R&B Jazz and Latin Soul band. They are nevertheless welcomed with open arms by the smooth jazz community.

Technically perfect they play skillfully their musical strength, incredible vocal harmonies. With a variety of known guest stars is the new album current coronation of their career. It is noteworthy that their own songs from the level catch up easily with the covers. A further great advantage of this album is the playing of late drummer Ricky Lawson, the best alternative to a drum machine.

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DW3 – Vintage Truth

DW3-Vintage-Truth-300x300At the untimely passing of the drummer Steely Dan’s Walter Becker described as having perfect timing, Ricky Lawson was only four songs into producing the sophomore album by R&B vocal group DW3. Lawson, who had an extraordinary GRAMMY®-winning career collaborating with Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston and Steely Dan, had been a member of the band for more than two years and the tracks are his last recordings. Over a year later, DW3’s “Vintage Truth,” dedicated to Lawson, is finally finished and scheduled for release March 17 on the Woodward Avenue Records label.

Despite being rocked by the unexpected loss that occurred two days before Christmas 2013, DW3 knew that Lawson would want the groove to continue. He not only was a member of the outfit fronted by brothers Billy & Eric Mondragon and Damon Reel, but he mentored them as well. He believed that the GRAMMY®-nominated vocalists who are a perennial draw on the jazz festival and cruise circuit is at their dynamic best in live settings thus the record’s core tracks were laid down in the studio live. DW3 maintained that template when finishing the album, which they produced themselves with one cut, the collection’s first single – a seductively soulful take on The Eagles’ “I Can’t Tell You Why” – produced by hit-maker Paul Brown.

“We titled the album ‘Vintage Truth’ because of the way we approached the recording process, like a live jam session where the core musicians – the guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and drummer – were in the room playing at the same time. We rehearsed each song twice, then went in the studio and pressed record. Our previous recordings featured a lot of drum programming, but this project has all live drums,” said Eric Mondragon. “Another vintage element we added that we absolutely love is the live horns – so much so that we recently added a horn section to our lineup so that we could perform these songs properly onstage.”
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