Video Archive 67 – Empty Promises – written with Chico Freeman and used in the film ‘All the way to the Top’ aka ‘Nowhere to go but Up’. Vanesse Thomas sings the title song of this quirky movie starring Audrey Tautou.
Video Archive 65 – Chico Freeman and I have worked together for many years mixing all kinds of styles from words and music to electronica and jazz. Here’s a track from the Zolace album we worked on with Robert Bond and the sultry vocals of Jennifer Hamady. This track ‘In the Shade’ was based on our song ‘Shaka Zulu’ and the video is a random public domain film entitled Princess Nicotine which I really should have used for our track ‘Miss you like smoking’ .. oh well. Enjoy!
Video Archive 44 – TV show with Cyndi and Angelique Kidjo
I’ve been really lucky in my life to work with some fantastic artists. Here’s one such occasion when I was in France with Cyndi Lauper and Angélique Kidjo on the TV show Taratata. Power house vocals from two consumate divas. Shake off the cobwebs y’all!
Video Archive 43 – Times in my life. Chico Freeman’s beautiful ‘Ballad for Hakima’ inspired the lyrics to ‘Times in My Life’ which is part of the Sound of You SongBook. We crowd funded the recording on Pledge Music with Estelle Kokot and this is one of the promotional slideshows made for the campaign featuring Chico’s original recording. Estelle and Chico are now preparing to perform at the Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz festival in September to coincide with a South African release of the album. Exciting times …
Video Archive 36 – Alas Poor John – A bit of #jazz to start the day.
– This was written with my long time musical collaborator Chico Freeman and performed by The Leaders. Some great spirited playing here from Bobby Watson – alto sax, Chico Freeman – tenor sax, soprano sax, Eddie Henderson – trumpet, Frederick Harris – piano, Cecil McBee – bass, Billy Hart – drums.