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Anomaly

Anomaly

  • レーベル検索 Jake Project Band
  • リリース 2014/04/14
  • ミュージックジャンル Rock
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Bertrand Russell once wrote that, "Happiness is not something best achieved by those who seek it directly." No quote can more aptly describe the life of singer Jake Sears, front man of The Jake Project Band, though in his case, it might be wise to throw survival and success into the mix. Sears is a quiet, polished, unpretentious figure, with a larger-than-life voice - a blend of Joe Cocker's raw, gritty, captivating sensibility, and Johnny Cash's deep, woodsy, blues-meets-rock quiet rebellion - that can only be matched by his striking intellect. Much like Cocker and Cash, particularly later in their respective careers, Sears' range is spacious, as he shows incredible versatility as an interpreter of several generations of rock and pop's best songwriters, not to mention, a strong, stunning delivery of blues and Southern rock. Lest the comparisons not end here for, like Cocker, Jake Sears comes from very similar circumstances, a self-made man in his own right, having seemingly lived something of a thousand lives, all before forging a successful career in medicine. A self-described "nomad," he's been everywhere, including making it through a two-week saga aboard a Russian icebreaker in Antarctica, and claims to already have ticked off most items on his "bucket list." At LMP Studios in California, ahead of his forthcoming album release, Sears talked about his life, his road to success and his path to becoming a singer. What became abundantly clear during, and after the conversation, is that his journey to success has been anything but linear. Rather, his trajectory is one of surprising turns and detours, coupled with a generous amount of resilience and self-discovery along the way. Born Jeffrey Sears, and raised by a single father in a working class neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, the singer described himself as a "latchkey kid who grew up fast on the streets." During that time, he often turned to the steady sonic comforts of WVON, "The Soul of Chicago," a local radio station known for delivering a steady stream of Motown and other music legends of the era, all of whom, Sears credits as early musical influences. Despite no formal musical training - not obvious listening to him discuss chord changes with the same sophistication employed by those with years of study - by age 12, he had mastered his first tune, "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," a Temptations' classic. But it was Gershwin, his first record and a gift from a neighbor, along with English composer John Barry, who seemed to have left an indelible mark, at least aesthetically, on the aspiring young crooner. While these musical references might suffice for any artist, for Sears, they merely served as departure points for an all-encompassing tour of music's most eclectic list of past and contemporary influences, from Miles Davis to Johnny Cash, Elton John to Nine Inch Nails' lead, Trent Reznor. In gearing up for the release of his debut LP 'Anomaly' (more on the title later), the indie artist with label hopes, described his very hands-on approach to the making of the album. Ever the perfectionist, and keen on detail, Sears enthusiastically rolled up his sleeves, jumped right in and took the helm as co-producer and co-arranger, working alongside pianist/arranger John Matteson (the son of legendary Euphonium player, Rich Matteson). "I was involved in every single aspect of this album, from song selection to arrangements and production," he proudly explained. " I needed to know that first, the music was great, and that the whole project reflected my aspirations for it," he continued. "In every arrangement, we aimed to bring something entirely unique to the experience," he added. 'Anomaly' has been four years in the making, and the concept began with an unreleased, 2009 live concert recording at Osaka Restaurant and Jazz Club in Las Vegas. That recording, titled 'Jake and Friends: Live at Osaka,' was "the last item on the bucket list," Sears explained. For the recording of 'Anomaly,' the singer enlisted the help of known Los Angeles producer, Jim Linahon, of LMP Studios. Together, the two assembled an all-star cast of collaborating musicians (thus, The Jake Project) that included, to name a few, harmonica master Jimmy Zavala (Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, Annie Lennox), saxophonist Brandon Fields (Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt), acclaimed guitarist Almer Imamovic, pianist Markus Burger (Accidental Tourists Trio), and singer Fuschia, who delivered incredibly powerful, sultry, and soulful backup vocals, heard in the tracks "Gimme Shelter" and "Too Sick to Pray." The album sees Sears setting off on a musical journey of covers, as varied as his musical palate, but one that offers a very refreshing take on material as familiar as 'Why' by Annie Lennox, The Cure's 'Lovesong,' Bill Withers' classic 'Ain't No Sunshine,' and other timeless classics. Each song is uniquely crafted and showcases the singer's talent as co-arranger. The title 'Anomaly' was carefully chosen by Sears to reflect his own choice of music and the album's diverse aesthetic, which ranges from rock and country to contemporary jazz, though the singer is quick to underscore that the central theme throughout is most 'definitely blues.' Each track is an enjoyable new voyage to otherwise familiar destinations. But Sears' gravitas as a singer most definitely reach a crescendo with 'Too Sick To Pray,' a tune made famous by British rock band, Alabama 3. Here, the singer firmly establishes his strength in delivery and range, and confidently takes momentary ownership of the song harmonically, and even lyrically. In a nod to all faiths, his own beliefs, and possibly his deep Midwestern roots, the singer tweaked the lyrics in "just because I burned my bible' to "just because I lost my bible," explaining that the latter, "helped convey such a great message from the original songwriter." Another gem is Sears' rendition of "Gimme Shelter," by the Rolling Stones. Everything about the track is sophisticated and tastefully crafted, from it's clever arrangement to Sears' vocal command, and the final apogee, flawlessly adorned by Fuschia's heavenly, gospel-inspired voice. As for what's next, Sears has already begun work on 'Timeless,' his sophomore effort with The Jake Project, which will involve collaborations with a brand new group of musicians. He's also at work on Old Man, Rising Sun, a project with his equally talented son, whose alluring, velvety vocals can be heard in the track "Fade To Black," off 'Anomaly.' 'Anomaly' is an enchanting sonic adventure through a diverse landscape of pop, country, rock, jazz and blues songs that have stood the test of time. It showcases Sears' passion for emotional songwriting and dynamic rhythms, as he delivers captivating and unique renditions of music's most notable legends. And what about that the title? "I am not a formula musician, I'm an anomaly," the singer cleverly explained. "And I think that at the end of the day, that's what people will like about this album." By Allegra Cantante for Indie Pop Nation.

詳細

アーティスト: Jake Project Band
タイトル: Anomaly
ジャンル: Rock
発売日: 2014/04/14
レーベル: CD Baby
フォーマット: CD
バーコード: 888174689531
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