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Byron The Aquarius – Ambrosia

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Artist

Byron The Aquarius

Format

2 x 12” Vinyl, Digital Download

Track listing:

A1. New Beginning (Original Mix) (5’18”)

Keyboards/Synth and all other programming: Byron The Aquarius, Flute: Rasheeda Ali

A2. Space & Time (Original Mix) (7’22”)

Keyboards/Synth: Byron The Aquarius,  Drums: Lil John Roberts, Trumpet:  Dashill Smith, Bass Guitar: Chocolat Costa, Rhythm Guitar: Sheldon Ferguson

B. Edgewood Ave. (8’49”)

Keyboards/Synth: Byron The Aquarius,  Drums: Lil John Roberts, Trumpet:  Dashill Smith, Bass Guitar: Chocolat Costa

C1. Spirit Of Juju (Original Mix) (6’42”)

Keyboards/Synth: Byron The Aquarius,  Flute: Rasheeda Ali, Drums: Lil John Roberts, Guitar: Sheldon Ferguson

C2. Space & Time (Jam Session) (7’22”)

Keyboards/Synth: Byron The Aquarius,  Drums: Lil John Roberts, Bass Guitar: Chocolat Costa, Guitar: Sheldon Ferguson

D1. Timeless (Vocal Mix) (6’23”)

Keyboards/Synth and all other programming: Byron The Aquarius, Vocal: Byron The Aquarius, Flute: Rasheeda Ali, Trumpet: Dashill Smith

D2. Timeless (Alternative Dub Mix) (5’21”)

Keyboards/Synth and all other programming: Byron The Aquarius, Vocal: Byron The Aquarius, Flute: Rasheeda Ali, Trumpet: Dashill Smith

Digital bonus tracks:

08.  Spirit Of Juju (Instrumental) (6’42”)

Keyboards/Synth: Byron The Aquarius,  Drums: Lil John Roberts, Guitar: Sheldon Ferguson

09.  New Beginning (Piano Mix) (5’19”)

Keyboards/Synth and all other programming: Byron The Aquarius

10.  Timeless (Instrumental) (6’24”)

Keyboards/Synth and all other programming: Byron The Aquarius, Flute: Rasheeda Ali, Trumpet: Dashill Smith

Credits:  All the tracks are written by Byron Blaylock (SESAC). Recorded at Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta. Recording Engineer:  Luther Banks (Patchwerk Studios) / Mixing Engineers: Steve Kovacs (Pressure Point Studio, Chicago). Luther Banks for “Space & Time (Jam Session)”.  Co-mixing engineer: Jeff Mills. Producer: Jeff Mills. Special Thanks: Lil John, Rasheeda, Dashill, Chocolat, Sheldon, Luther, Kai Alce & The Most High. All rights are reserved.  ©2020 Axis Records  www.axisrecords.com

 

“The album is a fantastic mix between Soulful House and Jazz Music with a touch of Blues. Might hope was that with each live musician Byron engaged with would result in something different and this was definitely the case.

For instance with Veteran Drummer “Lil John” Roberts, the tracks of Byron became more loose, but because the technique of “Lil John” is so precise, the tracks have a steady foundation where just about anything would sound great upon. With Trumpeter Dashill Smith and Flutist Rasheeda Ali (both recorded at different sessions), the tracks graciously parted to accommodate these sounds, almost as if they were made especially for their solo parts. The bass player, Chocoalat, who is initially from Brasil gave the tracks a latin samba feel that was wonderfully unexpected.

As the producer, one of my goals was to feature the artist in the best possible way. Making sure all tracks bare his characteristic imprint, spirit and design”. The overall goal was to create something that bared the traits and signs that would catch the attention of a music lover. Someone that has danced themselves into a relationship with music that is unconditional and undeniable”.  – Jeff Mills

 

Byron The Aquarius:

When Byron The Aquarius talks about live frequencies, his enthusiasm is infectious. A keys player by trade, one can detect echoes of the likes of Keith Jarrett, Jan Hammer and Herbie Hancock. With a tinge of pitch bend and the early release of words, you can hear the rhythm in the way he speaks. This might be a common trait coming from one who lives in Birmingham Alabama and has been greatly educated on Jazz by his grandfather.  In his music, he reminds the listener how precious the single note can be again and this makes the attraction to his music irresistible. Proudly put, his music does wait for anyone’s approval and this is exactly what makes this man and what he creates so unique. Byron’s love for melody and harmony has consistently drawn the attention of electronic music’s leading labels and producers and he’s worked along with some of the best. In 2015, Byron released a ten-track solo album on BBE entitled “Planets of Love.” When he wasn’t working on his own music, he was playing keys in the studio with Atlanta-based House DJ/Artist Kai Alce. These creations soon fell upon the radar of the Detroit Maestro Theo Parrish, who loved the sound of his sublime jazz-infected house and selected two tracks to release on his legendary Sound Signature label in 2016. The resulting “Highlife EP” has been hailed nothing less than “stunning”, “intoxicating” and “essential.”  In the years since, Byron has released a consistently high level of music on Wild Oats, Eglo Records & more. He has toured the planet playing festivals such as Dimensions, Dekmantel, Suncebeat, Lente Kabinet, All Points East and many more as well as a plethora of the world’s best clubs.