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Cameron Graves “Planetary Prince” vinyl release on Mack Avenue Records

on May 24, 2017with 0 comments

Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna Webber

Planetary Prince, the debut album from West Coast Get Down founding member and cosmic pianist Cameron Graves, is to be released as a 2-LP 120-gram vinyl set on May 26 via Mack Avenue Records available on Amazon

 

The album, originally released via CD and online formats on February 24, received widespread critical acclaim from the media including The New York TimesLA WeeklyRolling StonePitchforkVICE Noisey, and many others.

 

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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

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“With no shortage of infectious energy, superior playing and captivating melodies, the album also strives to be consciousness-broadening…” - Vice Noisey

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Downbeat article 4 1/2 Stars – DownBeat

“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 its own genre…” - Kamasi Washington

Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna Webber

 

“…an insurgent funk odyssey(‘Planetary Prince’)…” - The New York Times

“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

“Cameron Graves…makes his own searing mark with an enrapturing and assured solo album.” – Pitchfork

 

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“Cameron is not only a wonderful musician but also an innovative composer, bringing elements of classical music, prog rock and the aesthetics and phrasing of hip-hop and L.A. beat music into his own jazz compositions. All of this can be heard on his excellent new album, Planetary Prince, which sounds like the best elements of Weather Report, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Austin Peralta and Flying Lotus.” - LA Weekly

 

“In all aspects of his being, Graves embodies intense seeking and absurd skill.” - LA Weekly

 

“It comes off somewhere between McCoy Tyner and The Time, Chopin and J Dilla — with an extra layer of mystic clashes between celestial princes of good and evil. It’s the score that Urantia always deserved.” - LA Weekly

 

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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 for Mack Avenue Records by Anna Webber

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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