Black to the Roots

The Joe Bowden Project/Black to the Roots/Joe Bowden

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This album is a compilation of high energy driven tracks with a mix of Latin and Jazz vibes. I want to acknowledge the support and contributions of the musicians on this album. Arrangements by Jesse Ryan and Manuel Valera, co-write ‘Obvious’ by Manuel Valera, arranging and charting by Jesse Ryan and Manuel Valera and bass arrangements by Mike

This album is a compilation of high energy driven tracks with a mix of Latin and Jazz vibes. I want to acknowledge the support and contributions of the musicians on this album. Arrangements by Jesse Ryan and Manuel Valera, co-write ‘Obvious’ by Manuel Valera, arranging and charting by Jesse Ryan and Manuel Valera and bass arrangements by Mike Downes.

The journey began when I first heard the new Kenny Garrett and Jonathan Blake albums, which were released around the same time . Both albums resonated with me as they were similar to the style of writing that I was embarking on at the time. I have always been a fan of Kenny Garrett and my dream would be to record or perform with him. Jonathan Blake is one of the up and coming drummers of our time and his drumming style is relaxed and precise, something that I aspire to achieve.

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Nature's Boy (for Archie Alleyne)

The Joe Bowden Project

Nature’s Boy

Written to acknowledge the influence of my mentor Archie Alleyne. Archie’s swing time was the envy of all and is brush work was amazing and inspiring. Archie was a great human being, educator, mentor to the black musicians in Toronto and all around great human being.
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ROOTS - Tales of the Urban Yoda

The Joe Bowden Project/Roots-Tales of the Urban Yoda/Joe Bowden

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My original tracks influenced by my mentors, The Crusaders, James Brown, Steve Wonder, Parliament/Funkadelic and more.

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Timeless Classics Volume One: Straight Up Groovin

Joe Bowden Presents: The Timeless Quartet

Three hours in the studio with some of the most talented and inspirational musicians and voila, Timeless Classics Volume One: Straight Up Groovin’ is born – a collection of jazz standards that have stood the test of time, some with a new twist.
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Thank You For Listening

Joe Bowden Project

Preceded by Voices In My Head and Timeless Classics Volume One, Thank You For Listening is the long-anticipated original project by Producer/Drummer, Joe Bowden.

Bowden has enlisted the talents of Cuban born New York City resident, Manuel Valera and fellow Torontonians Rich Brown and Kelly Jefferson to form the core of The Joe Bowden Project.
Preceded by Voices In My Head and Timeless Classics Volume One, Thank You For Listening is the long-anticipated original project by Producer/Drummer, Joe Bowden.

Bowden has enlisted the talents of Cuban born New York City resident, Manuel Valera and fellow Torontonians Rich Brown and Kelly Jefferson to form the core of The Joe Bowden Project. Special guest included are band members Luis Deniz (Alto Sax), Alexander Brown (Trumpet) and Robi Botos (Piano), a long time collaborator Michael Shand (Piano) and new members Joy Lapps-Lewis (Steel Pan), Rob Neal Christian (Tenor Sax) and Michael Occhipinti (Guitar).

Thank you for Listening consists of jazz inspired compositions written by Joe Bowden over the past years and embellished by the great performances of this great collective of fellow musicians and friends. This project has a mix of fiery Caribbean Jazz - Memories of Cuba and FSC, peaceful ballads – Rustling of the Leaves and At Peace and a tribute to Charles Mingus presented as a Kenny Garret style piece titled Mingus, to name a few.
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