As we start preparing for a whole new year of releases in 2014, we’ve got a sneak peak of one of our most anticipated releases in Kris Bowers’ debut record as a bandleader on Concord Records. The record deal itself stands as a testament to Bowers’ prowess and skill in music as he claimed it in his winnings from the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The upcoming record is a tour-de-force of talent featuring Burniss Earl Travis on bass, Jamire Williams on drums, Adam Agati on guitar, Casey Benjamin and Kenneth Whalum on saxes, and guest vocalists Julia Easterlin, Jose James, and Chris Turner. The as-of-yet untitled project is set to drop on Concord March 4, 2014.

Stream the first single from the record, entitled “Forget-Er” (ft. Julia Easterlin), below and be sure to check them out live in concert at Glasslands this coming Thursday 11/21/13!


Photo by Topshelf Junior

Recorded primarily on the road while touring with Marcus Miller, this track is one of the more spontaneous moments within an album of compositions. With the band blending into Julia Easterlin’s vocal sphere of sonic amazement, Bowers and crew manage to center the track with a deep groove. Check out the story behind recording the track below:

“The process was funny. I hit up Julia right after the competition and was like, ‘I want to do a song with you.’ The record as a whole ended up getting delayed a bit because I went on tour with Marcus Miller, but the writing was happening on the road—this track in particular was written mostly on the road. Julia sent me a couple different samples and the one that ended up as “Forget-Er” really drew me in right away—I think all she sent me was a loop. I added in some piano and drums and by the time we met up in person, most of it had been written. We played through it a couple times in rehearsal and that’s when the arrangement really came in.

The first section was the one part that we had concrete. The rest of it came together from a bassline I had written for an earlier version of the song and then we made it a bit faster and the rest of the song from there played itself. A lot of the other songs on the album are very purposefully composed, so it was nice to let this one  happen organically.”


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