Lonnie Plaxico "Rhythm & Soul" [SJL1023]
Lonnie Plaxico has remained at the very top of his profession through three decades of performing. His first extended tenure was with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: Between1983 and 1986, Lonnie performed on twelve of Blakey's albums, including the Grammy Award-winning, 'New York Scene'. In 1986 he joined Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, continuing with that group until 1993. Besides leading his own band Plaxico is the musical director and featured bassist for Cassandra Wilson, and their critically acclaimed and award-winning collaboration has now spanned fifteen years plus.
For Rhythm & Soul Plaxico digs deep into his musical experiences and adds extra colours with his arranging and composing skills. His many influences - from be-bop to the blues, funk to fusion, and gospel to the Great American Song Book, are all given special treatment on this highly personal journey.