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Rolling Stone “10 New Artists You need to Know”: Cameron Graves “Planetary Prince” on Mack Avenue Records

on March 15, 2017with 0 comments

Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna Webber

Rolling Stone “10 New Artists You need to Know

“The house pianist for the party at the end of the universe, pulling in signals from John Coltrane, J Dilla, Meshuggah and points beyond.” – Rolling Stone

All About Jazz Review

4 1/2 Stars – All About Jazz  

“Graves leads us on a challenging and intoxicating musical journey of imagination, built solidly on the foundation of superb musicianship and craft.” - All About Jazz

“Given the range of experience each musician brings to the project, Graves commands a stellar vehicle with the power and imagination to transport listeners young and old to planetary vistas of beauty, struggle, and triumph.” - All About Jazz 

“Graves’ classical chops are often in evidence, but recall with a new perspective and youthful energy a prior generation of masters: names like Jarrett, Corea, and Hancock come to mind—and their fans find some astonishing pianistic pyrotechnics here, rendered within ambitious structures and crescendos, as well as a diverse sampling of hybrid grooves, drawing from rock, R&B, avant-garde, hip-hop, and Latin influences—and beyond.” - All About Jazz


Cameron Graves, visionary pianist, composer and founding member of the Los Angeles West Coast Get Down collective, ushers in a seismic shift of the jazz landscape with his genre-blurring debut album Planetary Prince.
Upon signing with Mack Avenue Records, Graves’ nearly released four song EP of the same name was expanded to an eight track full length album, all packed with the same mind-expanding invention that marked all of the work previously generated by the WCGD – including Kamasi Washington’s universally acclaimed debut The Epic (which prominently featured Graves throughout its three discs). 
The core of the players on Planetrary Prince are made up of fellow West Coast Get Down members, whose musical and personal relationships with Graves stretch back to their high school days: tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington, trombonist Ryan Porter, bassist Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. To their ranks are added trumpeter Philip Dizack and bassist Hadrien Feraud, both key members of the groundbreaking modern L.A. jazz scene. 
“Cameron Graves is a musical genius. He has an innovative approach to the piano that is completely unique. Cameron’s new album ‘Planetary Prince’ is an amazing and almost unbelievable combination of modal jazz, romantic era European classical music, and mathematical death metal. A style so cool that it deserves it’s own genre. 
Cameron’s music has been inspiring me since I was thirteen years old andit still does today! I’m so glad he’s sharing it with the world!”- Kamasi Washington
“With no shortage of infectious energy, superior playing and captivating melodies, the album also strives to be consciousness-broadening…” - Vice Noisey
“…an insurgent funk odyssey(‘Planetary Prince’)…” - The New York Times
Vice Noisey interview
Downbeat article

Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna Webber

About Cameron Graves:  
Graves has also carved out a notable career apart from the WCGD. With his brother Taylor he formed the R&B/fusion duo The Graves Brothers, releasing their debut, Look to the Stars, in 2013. That project grew out of a British/American pop group called The Score with which the brothers found enormous success in England. Graves was also a key member of actress/musician Jada Pinkett Smith’s nu-metal band Wicked Wisdom, providing entrée into the world of film and television scoring through the Pinkett Smith-directed film The Human Contract and TV series Hawthorne. Through his soundtrack work Graves connected with legendary bassist and fellow Mack Avenue Records recording artist Stanley Clarke, and is now a member of his latest band, touring internationally.
Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna Webber

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