Bradshaw ~ Bone Deep
this folks the word is out the latest gem from Hidden Beach
Recordings is on the your way by trombonist Jeff Bradshaw,
the Philadelphia (the emerging soul Mecca) native
anchors himself firmly, an wrapped in deep the roots of Black
American music with his debut recording entitled Bone Deep.
In high demand these days, Jeff’s rep as a sideman has
enabled him to pool his resources therefore; gathering an impressive
list of who’s who in R&B and Hip-Hop’s mega
stars to expressively accent the flavor of Bone Deep.
Vocals by Jill Scott, Glenn Lewis, N’Dambi, Bilal, Floetry, Carol
Riddick, and Darius Rucker. Bassist Gerald Veasley and of course Jeff
Bradshaw’s enormous writing, arranging, bone-popping & sliding
over everyone and make a little room for sista Jill Scott! She
takes the lead with her sassy charm and wit lending her vocal stylings
to “Slide”, scatting away purring soulful vocalesse into
your spirit featuring Jeff Bradshaw’s growling boneology which
is slow, precise and deliberate with intensity making this a
satisfying beginning! The baritone voice of Jeff’s bone sets
the tone creating a new standard in R&B and Hip-Hop
therefore; providing a lush arrangement with jazz flavored
“The Bone is
Back” drops in momentarily with
honey dipped rhythmic harmonies filled with Jeff’s scatting
bonisim matched only by
the tells of a broken heart soul on a cut called Lookin’ featuring
Jeff’s vocal impression
of Roger Trautman layered by
synthesized trombone solos. Jeff
continues to chant vocally with “Guess
You’ll Never Know”, as he keeps the stew simmering slowly, stirring up a preview of his
encounter with “The Bone is Back”
takes place followed by a guest appearance by bassist Gerald
Veasley on “I’ll Always
Love You”. This breezy selection is
one of many appetizing offerings by Bradshaw; with
his bone in hand; he slides and glides seamlessly with his voice in
filled with hypnotic poetry. Gerald’s rapid
bass solos flows into the lower register are heaven sent wrapped with
Jeff’s boneology takes us on a
soulful journey exploring the intricate qualities of Bone Deep.
draws you in immediately with the voice of Glenn Lewis; surprisingly
Lewis accurately captures the purity of Stevie Wonder’s mesmerizing
voice eloquently. Jeff’s understanding of his instrument
continues to glisten with affluent inventiveness serving up a near
perfect dose of hippest.
8th position is apiece called “Soul of The Bahia”.
Jeff’s passions for jazz summons you into an engaging foot
tappin’ and head boppin’ samba dripped with the honey suckle
flavorings of the Caribbean.
vocalists and rapologist Floetry, the duo glides smoothly into
a sensuous mid-tempo groove coupled by Jeff’s hip grappin’
and mind boggling bone solos bridged over the top pulsating beats are
bound to have you return for another listen.
bone creeps into the pulse of smoothness complimented by the vocalesse
of Carol Riddick on “Can You Come Over”. Now that they
have, your attention Jeff solo pulls you into
Carol’s velvety smooth voice engaging in a cauldron of
voice, bone and rhythmic foreplay.
right out of the scrapbook of the soundtrack Color Purple featuring
the dynamic voice of N’Dambi, (ole suga, come on now bring on the
blues baby girl)! Again, Jeff’s bone pours out soulful and heart
stopping moans and groan’s re-creating a near perfect atmosphere of
the juke joint blues at the Sugar Shack!
his business with a taste of irresistible funk by James
Brown titled “Make It Funky” featuring Bilal vocally.
Without a doubt this rendition is magical on the set of Bone
Deep! Jeff pays homage too a gentleman that sits firmly at the in
the second position next too his Dad in his list of musical
influences is trombonist Fred Wesley, there’s no doubt Mr.
Wesley is smilin’ with an abundance of gratitude with this
tribute (ain’t nothin’ like a funky JB Horns partay!).
of the utmost funkified deliverance from the previous track, Jeff slows
the groove tastefully with hints of the Mizell Brothers production
from the 70’s with Donald Byrd like harmonies on a cut
titled “On My Way”. This tune is sweet, it fits anytime of
day perfectly; it’s warm with a heaping scoop of delicious melodies!
Bone is Back (reprise) returns
with sequenced beatbox attitude. Jeff turns too his upbringing
swinging with the Gospel classic “Swing Low”, yes, this
moment of remembrance takes him back home rejoicing in the spirit of
the Lord! Next up vocalist, Darius Rucker lends his
vocal prowess too “Yesterday” (why today remind me of
yesterday, have some harmony and lets make a change) Darius keeps
it lyrically tight!