It’s been a lime time wish of Bassist Reggie Washington’s to lead a project he would play mostly acoustic bass. Following on from the release of his new tribute to Jef Lee Johnson (Rainbow Shadow 2), Reggie rediscovers with happiness the overtones, vibrations, nuances and hum of the four strings of “his” acoustic bass in the album “Vintage New Acoustic”.
Reggie shares this new venture with three exceptional musicians: the fantastic keyboardist Bobby Sparks pianist with Roy Hargrove & RH factor and one of the pillars of Snarky Puppy. Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman, composer, improviser and unparalleled melodist whom Reggie loves the energy, lyricism, beautiful sound and contagious swing. Drummer E. J. Strickland brings a unique ingredient to the music. Leader of an acclaimed quintet, he has agreed to put his talents at the service of Reggie’s music. E.J. plays also with Ravi Coltrane, Christian Sands & Manuel Valera.
The quartet’s repertoire is a mix of standards and jazz classics enriched with original pieces written and re-arranged to fit the group’s mood. This unique mix of tradition and innovation is further enhanced by the subtle combinations of jazz, funk, blues & neo-soul.
Reggie Washington - acoustic & electric basses Fabrice Alleman - tenor & soprano sax Bobby Sparks - piano & keyboards E.J. Strickland - drums
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