sabato 8 novembre 2014


After his mother gave him his first 4-string as a youngster, California based veteran bass player Mitchell “Mitch” Coleman (a native of Cuba, AL) spent most of his time practicing and evolving his technique, eventually developing a unique style all his own. Even as a teen, Coleman had been enthused and motivated by the artistry and skillfulness of trumpeter Miles Davis and renowned bassists Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Mark Adams (founder of funk band Slave), Louis “Thunder Thumbs” Johnson, and former Sly and the Family Stone alum and “Father of the Thump” Larry Graham. But it was jazz-fusion virtuoso Jaco Pastorius who influenced him the most. Jaco’s take-no-prisoners style inspired him to remove all self-imposed limitations, while exploring the endless possibilities his instrument presented. With such stellar role models to pull from, it’s no surprise that Coleman’s love of funk, jazz and contemporary music continued to grow, and he began to seriously hone his skills by performing live with local groups while attending high school. He joined the United States Air Force in 1985, and, after winning his first talent showcase for solo performance, toured with the ‘Tops in Blue’ band. (He continues to work closely with the ‘Air Force Showcase’ and the ‘Best of Talent’ show to this day.) While stationed in Rome, NY, Coleman studied with local jazz greats like Rick Montelbano (musical director for the late Lou Rawls), and George Sessum (the Cabo Frio band). Ultimately settling in Los Angeles in 1990, Coleman immersed himself in the city’s thriving music scene, doing session work with other local musicians, while primarily collaborating with producers Cario Johnson and Herman “Hollywood” Dawkins. With the release of his first solo effort, “Soul Searching,” an instrumental jazz/funk fusion collection that interweaves music inspired by his much admired influences, Coleman has fulfilled a lifelong dream of creating the music he hears in his heart and feels in his soul - and sharing it with the world. The disc, independently released on Soul Revelations Records, features some of L.A.’s funkiest players: his long-time collaborator and “Soul Searching” co-producer, Hollywood (pulling triple-duty on piano and vocals), Deron Johnson (formerly with Miles Davis) is also on keyboards, Kayta Matsuno and Sean Fabian are on guitar, Tim Anderson and Sal Avila are on saxophones, while industry veterans and sisters, Pam and Joyce Vincent (formerly of Tony Orlando and Dawn) and Jim Gilstrap (the “Good Times” TV show theme song singer) perform background vocals along with newcomers Sean Thomas and Nodesha. MITCHELL COLEMAN JR.

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