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E.M.P. Project

Artist: E.M.P. Project
E.M.P. Project - E.M.P. Project CD
Label: Blue Canoe
Regular Price: $12.95
On Sale For: $6.48 
Year: 2003
Format: CD


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E.M.P. Project is an all original jazz trio based in the Southern United States. Ellis, Moore and Perkinson first met while attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville between the years of 1989-1994. They each studied privately with music educator's Jerry Coker (Pat Methany, Jaco Pastorius, Randy Brecker), Donald Brown (Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard), Rusty Holloway (Woody Herman), Mark Boling (Billy Higgins, TS Monk), Keith Brown (Mose Allison, Tommy Flannigan) and many other important teachers and mentors. While attending U.T.K., they would regularly play together in a variety of settings. Upon graduating, their opportunities and talents would lead each of them to different parts of the United States and abroad. While they would keep in touch, they wouldn't play together again for many years...until now! Nearly a decade later, and without any rehearsals, this recording is the first documentation of their special chemistry together. Recorded on August 6th & 7th 2002 in Atlanta, GA, this CD captures the magic and spontaneity of these gifted young artist's. E.M.P. Project is truly a collective effort. Each member wrote original material and participated in the overall production of this, the first of many E.M.P. Project's to come.

E.M.P. Project's debut and inspiring jazz trio recording, captures the magic, spirit and spontaneity of these gifted young artists. While ensconced in the jazz tradition, they borrow from other contemporary elements and styles to create a musical landscape and wonderland of sounds. Ellis, Moore and Perkinson will have you humming their melodies, dancing to their rhythms, and they'll dazzle you with their amazing technical abilities. This debut effort from E.M.P. Project will demonstrate why Ellis, Moore and Perkinson are three of the youngest and brightest up and coming names on the jazz scene today.

William Ellis (drums); Joseph Patrick Moore (acoustic, electric and fretless bass); Shawn Perkinson (electric and acoustic guitar)
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