Breakthrough

Breakthrough

by Julian Vaughn
     
 

When Wayman Tisdale died in 2009, the urban-influenced smooth jazz genre lost one of its most popular artists and vibrant personalities -- and the uniqueness of the melodic funk he brought to the electric bass, a rare lead instrument in the format. A blind listen to "On Your Feet," the buoyant and infectious high-octane first single from Julian Vaughn's Trippin N… See more details below

Overview

When Wayman Tisdale died in 2009, the urban-influenced smooth jazz genre lost one of its most popular artists and vibrant personalities -- and the uniqueness of the melodic funk he brought to the electric bass, a rare lead instrument in the format. A blind listen to "On Your Feet," the buoyant and infectious high-octane first single from Julian Vaughn's Trippin N Rhythm debut, might give listeners the impression that Tisdale had returned. Making the comparison even more legit is Vaughn's size (6'7," just a few inches shorter than Tisdale, a former NBA All-Star) and the fact that "On Your Feet" and the similarly spirited "J's Jammin'" were co-written and produced by Darren Rahn, a former Tisdale collaborator who continues to be a master at wrapping the lead bass melody with sizzling horn textures. It's interesting to note that Tisdale also played an inspiring role on the Kansas City-based Vaughn's 2010 indie debut The Purpose Project. Vaughn was blown away by Mel Brown's supporting basslines on "Never Gonna Give You Up," a Tisdale/Toby Keith duet -- and subsequently hooked up with Brown and his friend Rahn to be part of his debut. Beyond the Rahn tracks and the essential Tisdale vibe that Vaughn creates, Breakthrough is something of an ultimate urban jazz collection, balancing the bounce and bubbly with cooler, midtempo gems like "The Thought of You" and the liquid soul closer "Always Be Together," both of which feature spotlights for the elegant creative touch of teen phenom keyboardist Nicholas Cole, who also produced the whimsical, shuffle-groove driven "Ju Ju's Groove" and a snazzy, old-school-influenced cover of the Whispers' late-'80s hit "Rock Steady." There's enough freshness, invention, and diversity in Vaughn's playing, composing, and production style to all but guarantee that at some point, the Tisdale associations will give way to an exciting young force to be reckoned with in contemporary instrumental music. It's an impressive Breakthrough.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2012
Label:
Trippin & Rhythm
UPC:
0020286211037
catalogNumber:
58
Rank:
46068

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julian Vaughn   Primary Artist,Bass,Key Bass
Jim Ellison   Guitar
Anthony Saunders   Vocals
Joey Woolfolk   Guitar
Ken Friend   Bass
Darren Rahn   Synthesizer,Guitar,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wurlitzer
Frank Selman   Guitar
Marcus Anderson   Saxophone
Anthony Jones   Drums
Matt Godina   Guitar
Tobbi White-Darks   Vocals
Nicholas Cole   Piano
Kinyon Price   Strings,fender rhodes
Jeremy Nixon   Keyboards
Paula Saunders   Vocals
Josh Mayfield   Drums

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer
L.A. Reid   Composer
Anthony Saunders   Producer,Instrumentation
Joe Yannece   Mastering
Darren Rahn   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Nate Harasim   Producer,Instrumentation
Julian Vaughn   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Nicholas Cole   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Ryan Strong   Art Direction
Anthony LeFrance   Composer

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