Pearl Jazz Recording Label's Cyber Jazz quartet Gemini Soul continues to redefine the genre of jazz with their new album The Nefertiti Xperience." The opening track Sun Goddess" is heavily influenced by Herbie Hancock's Chameleon," with its heavy clavichord funk and driving bass. Gemini Soul describes their new album The Nefertiti Xperience" as 70's funk mixed with a little jazz and a whole lot of fusion." Reviews for the album are already coming in, with...
Jazz doesn't get much funkier...Gemini Soul's smooth, groovy fusion Cyber Jazz rests on the poppin' fingers of band leader and bass-master Andre Ajamu Akinyele." ~ Nate Seltenrich (East Bay Express / Local Licks)
Get some soul...Gemini Soul has been drawing some rave reviews for its mix of jazz and funk, which should appeal to those who admire Herbie Hancock's Headhunters." ~ Jim Harrington (Oakland Tribune / Contra Costa Times / The Concert Blog)
Gemini Soul's The Nefertiti Xperience" Is A Winner!" ~ Listen & Be Heard Weekly
This Is Some of Your Best Work!" ~ Sabrina Jones (Music Critic)
The release of The Nefertiti Xperience" is Gemini Soul's fourth commercial release on the Pearl Jazz Recording Label. Other projects include A Cyber Jazz Holiday" (2005); Liquid Soul" (2007); Rebirth the EP" (2007) - Unreleased; and Live : The Liquid Soul Tour" (2007).
Gemini Soul's The Nefertiti Xperience" features 13 tracks with two cover tunes Chance To Grow" written by Wendy & Lisa and Compared To What?" written by Gene McDaniel. The selections that are covers, Gemini Soul added their Cyber Jazz twist giving the songs a pulse (a beat and rhythm to dance).
Gemini Soul (Andr Ajamu Akinyele - bass & programming; Jon O'Bergh - piano, keyboards & programming; Andrew Foster - percussion; and Alex Marks - drums) originating from the San Francisco bay area are known for their eclectic blend of jazz/funk fusion with an electronic element known as Cyber Jazz." Andre Ajamu Akinyele and Jon O'Bergh joined forces in 2005 with the release of A Cyber Jazz Holiday;" Gemini Soul was born fusing jazz and funk fusion for a new generation. In early 2007 Gemini Soul released their second offering Liquid Soul" and with its success in mid 2007, the world witnessed Gemini Soul's third release Live : The Liquid Soul Tour," which captured Gemini Soul doing what they do best, performing live. Gemini Soul's set list will concentrate on their new release The Nefertiti Xperience" with a few surprises. Gemini Soul's stage performances are visually exciting and entertaining, while engaging and energizing the audience. Gemini Soul displays musicianship at its best! Gemini Soul's music isn't your typical jazz; it's Cyber Jazz!
Gemini Soul's music has been featured on the hit television shows Girlfriends, The Tony Danza Show, and Entertainment Tonight. They also performed on the morning television show Sacramento & Co. (ABC affiliate KXTV) and various radio shows. Gemini Soul was a Featured Artist" in the September/October 2007 issue of Abyss Jazz Magazine, one of the jazz industry's premiere magazines. Gemini Soul had the opportunity to open for legendary Latin/Jazz percussionist Pete Escovedo at the 2007 San Jose Juneteenth Festival. Pete Escovedo said, Ajamu is one FUNKY bass player!" Gemini Soul headlined their own west coast tour from September to November 2007 playing in some of the country's most prestigious jazz and club venues such as Catalina Jazz Club, Hollywood, CA; The Knitting Factory; Hollywood, CA; The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano; The Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ; Kuumbwa Jazz, Santa Cruz, CA and many others. Gemini Soul has been recognized by Billboard as Gemini Soul's discography is featured on the site, a huge accomplishment being independent artists.
Gemini Soul's unique sound Cyber Jazz," which is a blend of jazz/funk fusion with an electronic element, continues to redefine jazz for a new generation and the music industry is listening.