The April 24, 2006 release of Lonnie Plaxico's Westside Stories
is a collage of artfully arranged music influences ranging from jazz, funk, and beyond. An eclectic stew of contemporary jazz that modern music listeners crave, this compact disc features special guests Cassandra Wilson, Carla Cook, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, and The Lonnie Plaxico Group. Lonnie Plaxico brings honest musical passion to the forefront of the international jazz music scene. Westside Stories" is Plaxico's eleventh CD release, and his second release on his independent record label PLAXMUSIC.
Plaxico's illustrious musical career has spanned over 20 years. He first emerged as Art Blakey's bassist in the early 1980's. He then went on to work with Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, Branford Marsalis, Robin Eubanks, Freddie Hubbard, David Murray, Greg Osby, M-Base, Michelle Rosewoman, Bud Shank, Jackie Terrasson, John Hendricks, and Cassandra Wilson. Plaxico maintains an extensive discography, has been featured with an array of live bands, and was Cassandra Wilson's musical director and performed on her Grammy Award winning CD, New Moon Daughter.
Westside Stories is a reflection of the music Plaxico absorbed from growing up in the projects of Westside Chicago. Music was the only thing that straightened me out and opened doors for me as a young boy in the ghetto," Plaxico says about growing up in Ogden Court housing projects. On his eleventh album, the bassist/composer/producer displays his unique vision of 21st century contemporary jazz by transforming cover songs and creating original compositions.
Of the CD's eleven compositions, the power-packed title track Westside Stories" is representative of the way Plaxico mixes his original music with highly syncopated modern rhythms and intricate melodies steeped in neo-classicism. Trumpeter Alex Norris, a revelation on Plaxico's last album, Live At The Jazz Standard, continues to shine as bright as a rising star on this tune. Another memorable track, Longer," featuring Ravi Coltrane and Cassandra Wilson beautifully integrates Coltrane's eloquent technique, Wilson's deep, supple voice and moody vocal phrasing with Plaxico's crystal clear musical production.
Visit Lonnie Plaxico's website www.lonnieplaxico.com to listen to his new album Westside Stories and to receive more information on the purchase of his album, upcoming performances and special events.
1. West Side Stories
2. Climb Every Mountain
3. I Want It To Be
4. Robin' Dance
5. One Less Bell to Answer
7. I Want To Know What Love Is
8. Longer (featuring Cassandra Wilson & Steve Coleman)
9. Duke It Out
10. Speaking in Tongues
11. Your Live Speaks to Me (featuring David Lee Jones & Cassandra Wilson)