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Miles Mosley - Uprising / WTJU Radio review

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Bassist/singer/songwriter Miles Mosley is part of the Kamasi Washington circle and "Uprising" is his soul/funk/message music. It's like a combination of Marvin Gaye, both in terms of the polish and the potent lyrics, with Funkadelic minus some of the effects, but making room for psychedelic guitar. Like Washington's opus, the production is large. In fact the songs themselves were written as Washington was recording "The Epic". The lyrics express disappointment and frustration, but also encourage continuing the struggle for progress and accomplishment and offer hope through continued determination. Musically, they continue to pursue the goal of the "West Coast Get Down" "…to defy genre and combine musical influences to make jazz dangerous and exciting again, while paying tribute to the legends before them." The players are  Kamasi Washington and the late Zane Musa on saxophone, Dontae Winslow on trumpet, Ryan Porter on trombone, Brandon Coleman on keyboards, Cameron Greaves on piano, and drummer Tony Austin. Is it jazz? I'm not sure, but it is powerful and intriguing and it is a sonic uprising.

Miles Mosley – Uprising gets included in 91.1 WTJU: Charlottesville VA / 102.9 Richmond VA - New Jazz Adds for this week.