GRAMMY-nominated bassist Nathan East’s forthcoming album ‘Reverence’will be released on January 20, 2017 via Yamaha Entertainment Group.
With a discography that includes Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven,” Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” and Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.,” ‘Reverence,’ produced by Yamaha Entertainment Group Founder Chris Gero, is the follow up to East’s 2014 eponymous debut as a solo artist.
Listen to his lead gospel single “Feels Like Home” ft. GRAMMY-award winning singer Yolanda Adams here: billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7525690/nathan-east-reverence-album-feels-like-home-song-premiere.
Nathan East’s resume “reads like a music industry’s who’s who” (Tennessean) and has enlisted an all-star line-up including Phil Collins, Eric Clapton & David Paich to perform on ‘Reverence.’ The album is a collection of original tracks and covers spanning the R&B, pop, rock and jazz songbook, and includes a groove-heavy take on Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” a gripping rendition of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Love’s Holiday” featuring Philip Bailey on vocals, and a soul stirring interpretation of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which features East’s 16-year-old son Noah on piano.
“Lifecycle” sheds light on East’s “seemingly unlimited virtuosity” (Bass Magazine) and his uncanny knack for meshing eclectic instrumentation with dynamic and striking arrangements. Listen: bit.ly/2cXFZqf.
Another highlight of the album is a rousing cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Serpentine Fire,” which was originally recorded with East’s brother Marcel in 1991 with Eric Clapton on guitar and Phil Collins on drums. Moogie, East’s longtime engineer, who mixed the original cinematic cover, discovered the track 25 years later, and after a long search for the tapes, finally uncovered them in Patti Austin’s basement. After the tape was digitally remastered, the three Earth, Wind & Fire members sang (Philip Bailey), played additional bass parts (Verdine White), and added percussion (Ralph Johnson) to the track, resulting in a daring, head-turning, cinematic journey.
As a founding member of renowned contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay, Nathan East is one of the world’s most recorded session bassists. With over 2,000 album credits to his name and several GRAMMY-winning songs including “Get Lucky,” “Footloose” and “Change the World,” East has performed with artists including Daft Punk, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston & Beyonce. He received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his self-titled solo debut ‘Nathan East’ on March 2014 which hit #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Albums chart and held #1 for a record-breaking 36 weeks on SmoothJazz.com.
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