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Could this be the BEST release in Black Music in 2010? (maybe)...

1. The new album from Jacques Schwarz-Bart called "RISE ABOVE" (featuring Stephanie McKay) was released yesterday. Check it out at the following link: www.brotherjacques.com

2. Of course many of you will recall Stephanie McKay and her fantastic song "RAINBOW" from the Soul-Patrol Digital/Virtual Album back in 2007. You will also recall that song was named by VIBE Magazine (Mark Anthony Neal) as one of the top 10 releases of 2007. (http://www.soul-patrol.com/newsletter/in/view1.php?id=202) and of course has been featured on the Nu Soul @ RadioIO channel

3. Well the song RAINBOW - STEPHANIE MCKAY gets it's official/official release on the album "RISE ABOVE" by Jacques Schwarz-Bart (and we are extremely happy about that!!!) In fact Stephanie can be heard singing on most of the songs on the album. www.brotherjacques.com

4. I have listened to the album "RISE ABOVE" and I like it quite a bit. If you loved the song "RAINBOW" then you are going to dig this album as well. It's just about as perfect a blend of Jazz/Soul/Funk as we can possibly ask for in 2010. www.brotherjacques.com

Anyhow, enough of my ramblings, scroll down, read more about this great album and be sure to take a visit to: www.brotherjacques.com along the way.

Please enjoy and share...

--Bob Davis
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earthjuice@prodigy.net
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Album Review: Jacques Schwarz-Bart - "Rise Above" (featuring Stephanie McKay)

PRESS RELEASE: Jacques Schwarz-Bart-  RISE ABOVE (featuring Stephanie McKay)If I was posting on twitter, this review might look something like this:

Jacques Schwarz-Bart - "Rise Above" (feat Stephanie McKay) = bst blk music rlse 2011 http://bit.ly/bkLSiH

A few of you out there may be wondering why I am only now getting around to publishing this review, especially since most of yall know that I have had this album in my posession since September/2010. Well the answer to that question is rather simple, and totally conforms to my own personal sense of nostalgia and sense of non-conformity. (and because I wanted to wait for the arrival of the traditional American gift buying/credit card using celebratory season)

You see, sometimes I get an album and I am completely hooked on it upon the very first listen.

Immediately I will listen to it once again, just to make absolutely certain that my ears/mind weren't playing some type of an evil trick on me. Upon a second listen, I then will decide that I have to listen in a different environment, like in a car or possibly with headphones on. At this point, I have either decided that I am crazy for having thought so highly of the album in the first place or I have decided that it's probably one of the top albums that I have listened to the entire year. Once things got to that I simply left the album in the car, not only listening to it whenever I could, but also intentionally forcing anyone (young, old, black, white, friend, foe, etc) who was a passenger inside of my car since early September/2010 to also listen to the album.

Ok, so why do I love the album Jacques Schwarz-Bart - "Rise Above" (featuring Stephanie McKay) so much? Yet another very simple answer; this album is a "throwback to something that never happened." (huh????)

"This album sounds like what might have happened if John Coltrane and Minnie Riperton were to make an album together."

However the album would have been made in the 1980's, because of the the electric keyboards and such, however by that time it would be long after both geniuses were gone from this earth. Another reason why this would have been made during the 1980's is because it would have to be made after the period of jazz/funk/fusion.

So in other words this music if very futuristic and yet familiar at the same time. It's really the future sound of what jazz would have sounded like, had the disaster of smooth jazz not happened. However this isn't really strictly a jazz album, despite the the fantastic sax playing of Jacques Schwarz-Bart, and his band (who sound similar to Passport.) The presence of Stephanie McKay gives the whole thing a "Minnie Ripertoneqe" flava.

One way for me to describe this album is to say, that "this is what jazz SHOULD sound like in 2010." However another way to describe the album would be to say "this is what neo soul SHOULD sound like in 2010."

The fact that neither commercial jazz or "neo soul," sounds like the album Jacques Schwarz-Bart - "Rise Above" (featuring Stephanie McKay), is a point that is not lost on me. This is a compelling and totally addictive musical experience. How can I possibly sit here and type out such a bold statement? Well it comes not from me, but from my observation of the body language of the passengers in my car that I forced to listen to the album. Their eyes were closed, their heads were weaving and they were snapping their fingers & tapping their toes.

Jacques Schwarz-Bart - "Rise Above" (featuring Stephanie McKay) is an album that some might describe as being jazz/funk/soul, however that designation is far too limiting in scope and reality.

--It's Spiritual, Yet Of The Flesh
--It's American, European And African
--It's Cool Enough To Drink Scotch to, Yet Intense Enough To Drop Acid to
--It's Friday Evening Wine & Candlelight
--It's Saturday Night In The Big City
--It's Sunday Afternoon Vespers

It's all that & a bag of chips :)

It's the sound of what at least a part of the future of Black music is going to sound like after our society finally gets to wherever the hell it's on a path to. (and we finally get all of this smooth jazz/neo soul crap completely exorcised from our brains)

oops, I think that I have exceeded my Twitter 140 character limit for this review :)

Jacques Schwarz-Bart - "Rise Above" (feat Stephanie McKay) http://bit.ly/bkLSiH

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com


PRESS RELEASE: Jacques Schwarz-Bart - "RISE ABOVE" (featuring Stephanie McKay)

PRESS RELEASE: PRESS RELEASE: Jacques Schwarz-Bart-  RISE ABOVE (featuring Stephanie McKay)EDITORS NOTE: I wanted to make you all aware of the following press release, but before I do I would like to add a few items...

Jacques Schwarz-Bart
"RISE ABOVE"
www.brotherjacques.com


Soulful sax man Jacques Schwarz-Bart makes his Dreyfus Jazz recording debut with Rise Above, an eclectic blend of jazz and neo-soul with the earthy rhythms of the Gwoka music from his native Guadeloupe. featuring the stirring vocal stylings of former Brooklyn Funk Essentials singer Stephanie McKay. Rise Above is an epic culmination of this son of a Black Guadeloupean mother and a French Jewish father's diverse experiences. "The great common denominator between all the styles I love, being Gwoka, Jazz, or Soul, is that the music starts with the drums. It is all about the feel," he says. "Each of these musical forms offers me an opportunity to express my personal feelings and unique story. I always felt that they needed to come together".

Following his arrival in New York a decade ago, Schwarz-Bart first received widespread exposure as a member of Roy Hargrove's AfroCuban big band Crisol. He was later an important part of the trumpeter's groundbreaking RH Factorband - one of the first and most successful jazz/urban crossovers. Schwarz-Bart's tune "Forget Regret," featuring McKay's vocal, became a hit single from the band's much acclaimed Hard Groove album. Succeeding Hargrove as leader of the horn section for neo-soul god D'angelo, the saxist began writing tunes based on a mixture of soul and jazz with gwoka flavors. After connecting with soulmate Stephanie McKay, he started writing the songs with lyrics that would come together on Rise Above: "Adding her vocal presence completed the concept, allowing me to embrace a wide range of emotions, and find an artistic balance between simplicity and abstraction," says Jacques.

The sound of Rise Above reflects Schwarz-Bart's impressive resume which includes work with such popular music luminaries as Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello, Eric Benet, and Soulive, as well as jazz barrier breakers James Hurt, Danilo Perez and David Gilmore, but it's concept is distinctively the leader's own, reflect his unique background and heritage. "This is my oldest project, and yet the one that took the longest to achieve, he says. "I was waiting to have enough experience before taking on this complex musical chemistry." Rise Above is a concept album where each tune is whole and complete while at the same time taking a crucial part in the overall balance, like a planet in a galaxy. First and foremost it is a melodic album where every theme can be sung, which is done beautifully by both McKay vocally and Schwarz-Bart instrumentally.

Each of the ten tracks on Rise Above blend the different earthy rhythms of gwoka with jazzy harmonies and chosen nuggets of soul and funk that "thicken the sauce," giving a modern dimension to the sound that is sure to appeal to hip audiences. In addition to the proven hit "Forget Regret," other notable tracks include lead single "Feel So Free" (see video at http://vimeo.com/11641706), "Rainbow" and the closing "Home," co-written with Meshell Ndegeocello.

Jacques Schwarz-Bart
"RISE ABOVE"
www.brotherjacques.com



 

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