Friday, March 01, 2013

Drew Davidsen - "True Drew" Release on March 5th, Oznot Records #jazz

Drew Davidsen represents a fresh and new approach to the smooth jazz idiom. The elements are all there. His personality gives the music freshness. The addition of the flamenco influence to smooth jazz is something new. I suspect that Drew will be around a long time. What a great record.” – George Benson
I could probably stop right there, but I figure you might need a bit more info about “TRUE DREW,” which will be released next Tuesday (March 5th). Hailed as one of the 10 Hottest New Guitarists by Guitar Player magazine, Drew Davidsen ( cites Benson’s landmark “Breezin’” album as one of his biggest influences thus he was ecstatic to receive such high praise from the contemporary jazz guitar legend.
Davidsen produced his fifth album with Norman Connors, Eric Copeland and Preston Glass in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. The Towson, Maryland-based artist wrote or co-wrote seven tunes for the 12-song set on which he wields electric, acoustic, nylon and a custom made 24-fret guitar. Among his noteworthy collaborators on “TRUE DREW” are Eric Marienthal, Bobby Lyle, Bob Baldwin, Gerald Veasley and The Temptations’ Ron Tyson. Radio’s intro to the disc comes in the form of “Hi5,” a cool-toned electric guitar joint textured with Latin piano and clubby electronic swatches of synth that is currently ascending the Billboard chart. “’Hi5’ was the genesis of the entire album. I wrote and recorded it using a simple nylon guitar riff that evolved into a hip, Bolero-type number with some Latin piano from Pat Coil,” said Davidsen, an alchemist who mixes contemporary jazz sheen, funky R&B grooves, soulful blues-rock riffs and gospel inflections.       

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