Blair’s Latest Project Cerulean Blue, Scheduled for September 2018 Release, Continues His Sonic Expansion and Deeper Exploration into Fusion, Jazz-funk, and Straight-ahead Jazz, featuring, Darren Rahn, Najee, Donald Hayes, and Blake Aaron, to name a few.
JAZZ ON ICE ON AIR LISTENING PARTY
Blair joins Doc Hardy to break down his new 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.
He’s been called a contemporary Stanley Clarke by none other than Smooth Jazz legend and inspiration, Najee. He’s also been compared to Marcus Miller for his writing and producing skills.
When told of these accolades, Blair just shrugs his shoulder and smiles. Looking down at the ground he says, “Wow that means a lot. Maybe someday I’ll get there.” At the young age of 24, that’s pretty heady stuff, but to anyone who knows contemporary jazz music and takes a listen to his ever-growing catalogue, the comparisons are not unfounded.
Blair Bryant is a special musician. Born in Kansas City Missouri and spending his early developing years in Miami, Detroit and Chicago with his parents in and out of churches hearing the best music possible, he has absorbed the full music tradition. Coupled with his love for jazz, he has demonstrated a musical ability that belies his youth, with a specific level of skill, richness and detail in his recordings and compositions.
We already knew with his first two releases, “New Colours” and “Gold” that this kid could play numerous instruments (14) extremely well. But after getting his degree in Jazz studies from the Music Conservatory in Missouri and as his experience level has grown, it’s time to start talking about him and his virtuosity for what it is - A genius gift from God.
Accomplished musicians like Najee, Darren Rahn, Blake Aaron, Mike Phillips, Bernie Williams, Nick Colionne, and others have remarked on his talents and phenomenal ability to play bass. But the true measure of his gift lies in the emotions that he makes you feel when he plays.
For the last two projects, he has been called by many reviewers as “The Next.” With the release of “Cerulean Blue” his third album in as many years, we can proclaim that he is definitely “The Now” and is infusing jazz music with a new sense of vitality and joy that hasn’t been seen in a long time.
Blair says “with this project, I really wanted to show people what I can do, and my range as a musician and producer. I also wanted to showcase my truest love for the fusion jazz art form.” On “Cerulean Blue” he has stepped up his game, working with some of the best in the business, going deeper into his sound and repertoire which feels more like a momentous journey. Showcasing his skills in Contemporary Jazz, Fusion, Traditional Jazz and R&B, it’s literally a smorgasbord for the jazz lover.
Collaborations with Darren Rahn, Najee, Donald Hayes, and Blake Aaron and other extremely talented artists are featured on this self-produced project. Blair is putting on a clinic on the lead bass, buttressed by deep hooks and beautifully intricate melodies that should delight music lovers. As usual, there are no bad songs on this release, and every guest artist and instrument are perfectly paired with songs to create drama, tension and enough beauty to be compared with any dazzling sunsets, beautiful beaches, evocative pastoral moods or profound jagged emotion.
His most interesting “instant” classic is the title song “Cerulean Blue,” a bass arranger’s delight, featuring Blair playing three basses next to harmonic vocals to create a memorable, arabesque, hauntingly beautiful masterpiece in the technique of strumming, tapping, and harmonic overtones.
While the jazz world has mostly been encouraging and appreciative of Blair’s instrumentality, the release of this new album demands a deeper analysis and recognition of what we are witnessing: none other than the victorious flight of a musical butterfly, resplendent in all his genre redefining ways.
. . .he’s a walking, talking music machine that represents our musical future.
Take a listen to what represents tomorrow and our musical future once again as another strong presence makes the scene and impresses. New Colours indeed. Just what the genre invites."
Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride
This album has a steady, smooth cadence that serenades one throughout. Twinkling with that hybrid jazz/R&B blend, the young artist shows that not only is he proficient on several instruments (he plays almost every instrument on this release) but that he knows a thing or two about composing and producing.
Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride
Amazing music keep doing maestro.
Roberto Martinez, YouTube
Multi-instrumentalist Blair Bryant Mixes Smooth Jazz and Fusion With Impeccable Results.
LOVE that kid! His music is fabulous and his talent never ending!
Bridie Heff, Facebook
Newport Beach, CA.
Newport Jazz Festival (Najee)
Kauffman Scholars event
Hampton Jazz Festival (Najee)
6 & 7
Soiled Dove (Najee)
Nashville, TN. (Najee)
Jazz Festival (Najee)
Aretha Franklin Theatre (Najee)
Mable House (Najee)
Charleston, SC (Najee)
Pensacola Jazz Festival (Najee)
Pittsburgh, PA. (Najee)
Harrisburg, PA. (Najee)
Atlantic City, NJ. (Najee)
Charlotte, NC (Najee)
Washington, DC (Najee)
Blair Bryant est un jeune musicien très talentueux.
("Blair Bryant is a very talented young musician")