“This album is meant to “inspire, encourage, heal, and uplift Black Women.”
NEW YORK, NY, September 25, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Black Woman – A Conversation is an exquisite tribute to the beauty, strength and diversity of Black Women. It’s a soulful combination of the elements of Jazz; spoken word, beautifully arranged instrumentals, pocket grooves, soul soothing vocals and candid conversations.
The album pays tribute to Black Women. The subtitle, A Conversation refers to an insightful 45 minute conversation that took place during the the recording of the album. The conversation includes drummer, Camille Gainer-Jones, and tenor saxophonist, Camille Thurman who offers words of empowerment, encouragement and inspiration with Radway serving as the moderator. Conversations can be heard on tracks, 2, 5, 11, 16 and 19.
A favorite is track #3 – About The Black Woman, where Radway starts off with a deep, soothing, intentional voice, “Let me tell you about the black woman.” He proceeds to nourish your ears with everything that is great and powerful about her; everything that makes her “the mother of all human kind.” This spoken word track gained the interest of many on social media pre-release of the project and left women from all over wanting to hear more.
This project speaks to the soul and awakens your innermost divine sense of self. It’s a refreshing contrast to what is deemed popular. It gets back to self-love and loving, to music and musicianship. Take a listen and let Radway know what you think.
1. Mother Eve (The First Lady)
2. A Conversation (About The Black Woman)
3. About The Black Woman
4. Born Of A Woman
5. A Conversation (Dark and Lovely)
6. Dark and Lovely
7. Caridad (Esposa Guapa)
8. Faith Of Our Mothers
9. Portrait Of Joan
10. The Immortal Henrietta Lacks
11. A Conversation (The Queens)
12. The Queens
13. Black Woman (African Rhythms)
15. Love Without Words
16. A Conversation (Who’s Next)
17. Who’s Next
18. I’m Pulling Through
19. Final Conversation
20 A Conversation (Instrumental)
The Main Ensemble – Drummer, Camille Gainer-Jones, Tenor Saxophonist/flautist, Camille Thurman, Bassist, Endea Ownes
The Ensemble Round Out: Renowned master alto saxophonist and flautist, James Saulding, master percussionist, Candido Camero, trumpeter, and flugelhornist, Duane Eubanks, trombonist, Andrae Murchison, drummer, Chris Beck (tracks 4,6,8,15), bassist, Corcoran Holt (track 7), vocalist, Shenel Johns (track 18), vocalist, Cynthia Soriano (track 15), Mama Kathy English Holt, spoken word (track 14)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sharp is a seasoned international jazz musician, opening for renowned artists like Donnie McClurkin, J.C. White, Tramaine Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins to name a few. He’s also a great performer, appearing in the hit film “Cadillac Records,” alongside Mos Def, Beyonce Knowles and Cedric The Entertainer and the historic Off-Broadway play “The Connection,” under the direction of Judith Malina. In addition to being an in-demand musician, he is also the author of “Musicianship 101 (What They Don’t Tell You In School).”
Protégé of Dr. Randy Weston, Sharp is a formidable bandleader, heading groups of his own and with several Jazz luminaries. Among them are Yusef Lateef, Benny Golson, Hamiet Bluiett, Slide Hampton, James Spaulding, Louis Hayes, Curtis Fuller, Benny Powell, Candido Camero, Leopoldo Fleming, Eddie Henderson, Red Holloway, Fred Wesley, Steve Turre, Bucky Pizzarelli, Diane Schuur, Kevin Mahogany, Joe Lee Wilson, Nnenna Freelon and Randy Brecker. He also served as music director, pianist, and arranger for The Celebration of Lionel Hampton Big Band and The New York City Ska Orchestra.
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