How do you pay tribute to some of the great love songs of our time? "Hello Beautiful" is the new romantic tribute ballad from Bassist Blair Bryant. This is a 70's throwback jam to a time when musicians like Barry White and Isaac Hayes put everything into their music. With a haunting melody, lush horns and sensual strings, the song gets a major boost from Grammy-award-winning guitarist Freddie Fox.
JAZZ ON ICE ON AIR LISTENING PARTY
Blair joins Doc Hardy to break down his album release "Cerulean Blue"!
This young man is INCREDIBLE!
The Prince of Bass!
Doc Hardy, WNLK 1350AM
Love your music young man, you are a prodigy and a legend-in-the-making all at once...
He has been called a contemporary Stanley Clarke, a genius, a phenom, and a musical prodigy.
Blair Bryant’s latest CD “Red Tiger” is taking his bass where no man has gone before. Named after his hit- making custom red 6 string lead bass, “Red Tiger” is an uber-sophisticated jazz listening experience for folks who want more fusion, funk and soul in their ears.
This third, full-length LP and latest since the release of Cerulean Blue in 2018 doesn’t disappoint and finds Blair showcasing a creative blend of old and new. Playing tasty lead melodies on the bass along with prominent bass rhythms evoke shades of Wayman Tisdale and Stanley Clarke in their heyday. Influences from Earth Wind and Fire and Chicago to The Ohio Players and Parliament Funkadelic are evident in this gumbo, with a sprinkle of classic jazz and fresh interpretations on big-band arranging with a funky low end.
As usual, the majority of tracks on this project are full and lush, only this time with a deeper level of horn work, with some songs utilizing a full horn section reminiscent of Chicago. The first track off the LP, “Relentless” is a funky smash, with super-tight Brecker-Brothers- style horns and heavy bass in your face setting the stage for the fusion-fired tracks that follow. “Hello Beautiful”, featuring Grammy award winning guitarist Freddie Fox features a gorgeous arrangement and horn section sweet enough to taste. Other standouts include the title track, “Red Tiger” featuring virtuoso piano work from Blair himself, and “Ember Glow”, featuring scintillating horn work from Donald Hayes along with Blair’s mentor and inspiration Najee.
Blair Bryant is making another statement with this project, and the future of Jazz bass is secure. ”Red Tiger” is another showcase from a rising Contemporary Jazz superstar.
Featured players: Marqueal Jordan, Najee, Freddie Fox, Donald Hayes, Beth, Paula Saunders Lewis.
“Red Tiger” captures Bryant’s ability to take his Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Wayman Tisdale-influenced sounds and sense of sonic adventure and blaze bold trails for both his instrument and love for all styles of jazz."
Jonathan Widran JWVibe.com
In an era where many artists focus on one at a time single releases and Eps, Bryant – over the course of 12 tracks and a generous full hour - takes us on a true journey, a stylistically eclectic and ultra-adventurous romp through a multitude of styles ....that has (been) described as “a smorgasbord for the jazz lover."
Jonathan Widran, JWVibe.com
Amazing music keep doing maestro.
Roberto Martinez, YouTube
Multi-instrumentalist Blair Bryant Mixes Smooth Jazz and Fusion With Impeccable Results.