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Creation (East LA) feat. Jimetta Rose
~ Quantic presents The Western Transient
- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRUDD163
“Will Quantic does it again... Quality!” – Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music)
“A very groovy delivery from Will Quantic Holland” – Cerys Matthews (BBC 6Music)
"If this were the Middle Ages, Will "Quantic" Holland would probably be burned at the stake for being a wizard” - KCRW
“Sounding like something between Donald Byrd’s Stepping Into Tomorrow days & FlyLo’s funkier side” – Okayplayer
“It’s got an incredible sound to it” – Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2) …praise for the Western Transient project
Quantic’s acclaimed Western Transient project, which explores the soulful instrumental jazz of the USA, is given a fresh spin with a new vocal version of “Creation (East LA)” featuring an uplifting performance from rising LA singer Jimetta Rose that turns this tune into an irrepressible soul-pop nugget. Out 5th February, the perfect antidote to deepest darkest winter, the single was launched with an upfront play from Raul Campos (KCRW).
The latest project from Will “Quantic” Holland, The Western Transient brings together some of his favourite musicians from LA, and across America, to realise a set of new compositions paying homage to the rich, lively and intimate quality of the classic soul and jazz recordings. In characteristically mercurial fashion, the ‘A New Constellation’ album saw Holland following up the worldly electronic and vocal direction of his last solo LP, 'Magnetica', with a suite of traditionally recorded pieces that capture the spontaneous beauty in the old ways of music making. Surprising and delighting fans on its release in July, the LP gained support from tastemakers including BBC 6Music’s Cerys Matthews, Gilles Peterson and Huey Morgan; KCRW, FIP, Radio Nova, Jamie Cullum (BBC R2); and love from Jazzwise, DJ Mag, Okayplayer, Wax Poetics and beyond. Singles including “Nordeste” and the original instrumental version of “Creation (East LA)” - as well as “Latitude (To The Point Version)” which was licensed as a theme tune by KCRW – have kept this vibrant project bubbling.
A song for winding your car windows down, “Creation (East LA)” is dedicated to many good times in East LA. As a native of the city and a regular collaborator with many of its leading lights, Jimetta Rose was the perfect choice to add another authentic flavour to this track, and jumped at the opportunity. “Quantic had expressed an interest in working together in the future, so when he called and said he had a song in mind I was stoked”, she enthuses; “When Quantic calls, you answer!” Having released two acclaimed solo albums, the singer, writer, poet (and musical theatre writer and star) applies her natural gift for interpretation and expression – as well as a love of Bootsy Collins and George Clinton - to Quantic’s luminous, disco-inflected jazz composition. “I always write and arrange in response to the story that is there within the music, and I think that some of my soul roots also definitely snuck into this song!”
British born Will Holland has released over 16 albums - ranging from electronic production to the full live funk and soul bands Quantic Soul Orchestra and the Combo Bárbaro, to Latin, African and Caribbean styles - and become renowned as a musical trailblazer. On moving to New York in 2014 (from Colombia, where he had been settled for seven years), he started travelling the US more; rediscovering his love affair with instrumental jazz and soul records in which the studio ensemble takes the spotlight, he decided to pay homage to recording in this classic sense and collaborate with many of the musicians that he had worked with in LA. “In independent music, LA has always had a sound and ethos that is contagious, and I’ve spent many hours in the city for the odd show, overdub or a quick breeze through on tour. So, I returned to the western metropolis enlisting a cast of revered musicians, seven reels of magnetic tape and an Ampex tape machine. It’s difficult not to love anything recorded through an Ampex.”
Band director, producer and guitarist on ‘A New Constellation’, Holland is joined by Wilson Viveros, whose provocative drumming has contributed to many a Quantic live set; admired soloist/arranger Sylvester Onyejiaka (Sly5thAve ) on sax and flute; and trumpeter Todd Simon, with whom Holland struck up a friendship on an early LA trip. Brandon Coleman’ s energising piano, charismatic bassist Gabe Noel and the rhythmic seasoning of Alan Lightner, complete the band.