Title - Understanding Reimagined
Artist - James Gaiters Soul Revival
For those unaware, James Gaiters, Jr. began to play drums at the age of four, influenced by his mother who was a concert pianist and also the church organist for his father who is a pastor.
His jazz experience began through his “secret rendezvous” with Stanley Clarke, the Yellowjackets, Billy Cobham, Koinonia, and Chic Corea. He later discovered the stylings of Wynton Marsalis, which prompted deeper investigation into the jazz art form.
During his youth, James played in various school and local bands, studying many styles of music. He then went on to college to study architecture. Musically, this move proved to be the best move of his swiftly growing career.
In late 1994, James began playing in the Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble, and later met Edwin Bayard, a student, and also tenor saxophone player at Ohio State University. This proved to be the launching pad for one of the greatest musical unions.
His first major break onto the circuit was to join up with jazz trumpeter, and MoJazz recording artist, Pharez Whitted with who he has toured the country extensively.
And now the renowned Columbus drummer and bandleader brings his Soul Revival group to the fore with his brand new album, the once highly-anticipated, and now highly-praised, Understanding Reimagined.
1. Ding Dong
2. Soul Man
3. Alfie’s Theme
4. Chitlins con Carne
6. Congo Chant
This quite opulent new album opens on the funky grooves of Ding Dong and then the low brow, smooth groove of Soul Man and backs those up seamlessly with the gently fervent Alfie’s Theme.
Next up is the slow cruise through harmonious wonderment within Chitlins con Carne which is itself followed by the joyously upbeat title track Understanding, the album coming to a close on the near nine minute ensemble brilliance of Congo Chant.
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