4Ever Jia is the debut cd from the John Blackwell Project (JBP) and what a fantastic debut it is. Those familiar with the Blackwell name will know that John is a world class drummer and groove master having played with the likes of Prince, Cameo and Patti Labelle to name but a few, but you would be mistaken in thinking that this is purely a drummers cd, (no bad thing in itself considering Blackwell’s skills) but it really is so much more. In 2008 and after the Buddy Rich memorial concert the John Blackwell Project was born. John teamed up with fellow musicians Will Lee, Paul Pesco and Corey Bernhard, all fine recording musicians working for top artists themselves, and embarked on recording '4Ever Jia' in memory of his young daughter who tragically passed away in 2004. This is a great and indeed diverse collection of Jazz, fusion, Funk and beautiful smooth ballads made with love and respect for the art and with the highest standard of musicianship, something that is evident from start to finish. With guest appearances from Charlie Singleton (Cameo) on two soul/funk tracks 'Amazing' and You're the One, the very talented Esperanza Spalding on the beautiful 'No Ordinary day' and Sue Quin (this lady needs to be heard) on the heartfelt 'Jada'. But don't just take my word for it take a listen and like myself you too will be pressing that play button over and over again, JBP has arrived and I have a feeling that theirs will be a great journey.