Friday, May 18, 2007

Live@5 - Soul Of John Black - Friday 5/18


Tune intoday for a Live@5 performance on The Homestretch from JB Bigham of the Soul Of John Black. They have a gig Friday night at Plush with Tom Walbank opening.

The eponymous debut album by The Soul Of John Black, the group fronted by John "JB" Bigham and co-produced by Chris Thomas, earned rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Interview, Blender, Billboard and New Yorker magazine. Rolling Stone hailed it as "amazing (the harbinger of)... a whole new brand of soul." The album introduced Bigham's songwriting expertise and unique guitar technique on acoustic, electric and slide as well as his gritty, openhearted vocal style. Its soul, hip-hop, funk and Afrobeat influences established Bigham as an adventurous artist, a man who wasn't afraid to take risks in pursuit of his musical vision. On his sophomore release, "The Good Girl Blues", Bigham is the sole producer, switching gears and refocusing on the roots of African American music – the blues.

JB's musical history boasts an impressive resume. He's written songs for Miles Davis and played percussion in the Davis group. His track "Jilli" is featured on "Amandla", the trumpeter's last studio album. He also appears on the recently released Davis DVD, Live In Paris, recorded at the 10th Paris Jazz Festival. Bigham played guitar and keyboard for the pioneering rock-funk-ska band Fishbone for eight years, contributing songs, guitars, keyboards, background vocals and production expertise to the albums "The Reality Of My Surroundings", "Give A Monkey A Brain" and "Chim Chim's Bad Ass Revenge". Later on, he toured as a side man and played on sessions with artists as varied as Eminem, Dr. Dré, Rosey, Joi, Nikka Costa, Bruce Hornsby and Everlast.

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