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Bone Deep by Jeff Bradshaw

At first glance, trombonist Jeff Bradshaw's latest CD entitled 'Bone Deep' appears to be a whole group of individuals just having fun together. With a cast of very talented musicians and vocalists including the likes of Floetry, Jill Scott, Gerald Veasley and N'Dambi in tow, Bradshaw embarks upon a musical journey that is decisive and tempetuous in approach. Unlike other CD's, by today's interpretation 'Bone Deep' is a unique blend of jazz, R&B and soul music. In addition, Jeff sets a groove standard that is not only unprecedented, the quality of the instrumental and vocal arrangements are very appealing. On top of that, the trombone considered by many to be one of the more unusual instruments in contemporary jazz is used as the primary focal point for this release.

This CD is a hybrid cross between contemporary and soul jazz influences. These combined elements coupled with strategic covers from the movie "The Color Purple" and James Brown's "Make It Funky," as well as original compositions crossing varying lines of influence help to make this recording an impressive offering of pleasurable tracks. Coming from the so-called "Sound of Philadelphia" which is synonymous with Grover Washington, Jr., George Howard, MFSB, Jeff Lorber, Gamble and Huff, Jeff continues a tradition of dynamic excellence that has made "Philly" an unprecedented musical landmark. The sophisticated vocals exhibited by Floetry, N'Dambi, Glenn Lewis and even Bradshaw himself add sensuality and sensibility to the overall theme of 'Deep Cover.'

To make this release happen, Jeff Bradshaw brought together a whole host of musicians to make his point. On top of that, he has never been formally trained in music; for the most part, he taught himself to play the trumpet, trombone, French horn and flugelhorn. The rest he believes is a God-given talent that comes from an intuitive creative spirit that is within all of us. That plus his strong gospel roots, coupled with his brand of New Orleans-styled church music has made 'Bone Deep' an extremely compelling CD. Jeff has recorded 16-tracks of smooth, soulful and sometimes funk-oriented music. All of these collective elements provide a window of opportunity to enjoy a impressive mixture of contemporary jazz idioms. Anything one receives beyond that can be considered as a luscious dessert to partake of. Those who are well within earshot of 'Bone Deep' may not want to remove it from their disc player. The entire CD is just that exciting.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jeff Bradshaw
  • CD Title: Bone Deep
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Hidden Beach
  • Rating: Five Stars
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