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Jazz: Cool Jazz Jazz: Jazz-Funk Moods: Solo Instrumental

By Location
United States - Georgia

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R K Dawkins

After producing, engineering and mixing other artists' R&B and hip-hop projects for 20 years in the Detroit area, RK DAWKINS has just released a jazz album, JOURNEY, his first solo effort. Drawing on old school jazz influences from
the 70s such as Ronnie Laws, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Earth Wind and Fire and others, most of the compositions have a decidedly funky element. Much of the music of the '70s, whether jazz or R&B (not to mention funk), had a funky bass line, guitar and/or drum bed, because after all, it WAS the era of funk. RK believes, like James Brown, that "whatseneva I play, gots to be funky!" Thus, Journey pays homage to the artists and music of the funk-laden era, but with a touch of smoothness.

Originally a rhythm guitarist, RK evolved into a full fledged producer of various genres, even writing and producing radio and TV commercials. Having worked with artists such as rappers MC Breed, Awesome Dre, Dangerous D and Aduo, blues artist Larry McCray, vocalist Jeannie Lyles, and producers Gary Spaniola (Ready for the World), MC Burton III (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Dawkins walked away from the music business in 2006 to concentrate on a law career in Atlanta.

Reemerging in 2016, he began work on Journey, just releasing it in July 2017. RK composed, produced and performed all instruments on the album. For the first time, working in complete solitude, Journey was born.

RK is currently scoring a documentary, Fast Dreams, by director Harry Davis - a profile of the life and career of Olympic gold medalist Bianca Knight.

Contact: 248-464-1991

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