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Eric Essix's Move > Trio

by Eric Essix

A "southern fried" mix of jazz, blues and funk!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Get Ready (feat. Move Trio)
5:23 $0.99
2. By My Side (feat. Move Trio)
6:33 $0.99
3. King of the Castle (feat. Move Trio)
5:17 $0.99
4. Sabbath Time (feat. Move Trio)
5:22 $0.99
5. Sundress Sunday (feat. Move Trio)
4:17 $0.99
6. In This House (feat. Move Trio)
4:20 $0.99
7. Leave It (feat. Move Trio)
4:14 $0.99
8. Every Breath You Take (feat. Move Trio)
5:09 $0.99
9. All Blues (feat. Move Trio)
8:22 $0.99
10. High Country (feat. Move Trio)
6:37 $0.99
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Album Notes

Guitarist Eric Essix has never been satisfied with preserving the status quo when it comes to his music. In fact, his primary goal is to dismantle past ideas and reinvent them, always including his southern roots as part of the dialogue. With his latest project, the MOVE>trio, Eric accomplishes that and more.

MOVE> is three fifths of his long standing touring ensemble compressed into a lean, agile and inventive trio that is as fun to watch as it is to hear. “I wanted to take away elements of the larger group and see if I could still produce a viable sonic representation of the music,” Eric says. “That was the basic idea from the start with MOVE> and we are constantly striving to get as much music out of this small package as possible every time we step onstage or into the studio.”

While Eric may be the at the head of MOVE> as it’s leader and composer, the heartbeat of the group is drummer, James “PJ” Spraggins. PJ is a bandleader in his own right with a total of three releases as a solo artist including a brand new CD entitled Time To Heal on which he also plays keyboards, composed and produced. He has performed and/or recorded with Ronnie Laws, Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers, Martha Reeves, Randy Owen, Kirk Whalum, Marcus Miller, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Alex Bugnon and Frank McComb. PJ has been a consistent member of Eric’s various touring ensembles for over a decade and brings a strong sense of groove, musicality and dynamics to the trio.

If PJ is the heart of the band, MOVE’s Grammy nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist, Kelvin Wooten is truly its soul. Kelvin plays electric bass guitar and keyboards onstage and in the studio with MOVE>. But it is his ability to play complex multiple parts on the keyboards - in real time – that amazes audiences everywhere the group performs. Wooten brings a hyper soulful sensibility to every note that he plays (on any instrument) that resonates well beyond his years. His extraordinary work in the studio as a songwriter and producer has led to Grammy nominations with Anthony Hamilton and Mary J. Blige and he has had major releases with Jill Scott, Raphael Saadiq, Floetry, Chrisette Michele, Goapele, Kelly Price, Emily King, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, TLC, Chante Moore, Earth Wind And Fire, Tony!Toni!Tone!, Bee Gees, Angie Stone, Warren G, The Isley Brothers, Ginuwine, Eric Benet, Joe, Babyface and many more.

“What it all boils down to for me is the fact that I am just as excited to pick up a guitar and play in 2015 as I was when I first started in 1969,” says Eric Essix. “I still just love it.” Essix has made a name for himself in the Birmingham jazz scene (and beyond) and has released more than 20 albums in the last couple of decades, with hits like “Rainy Night in Georgia", For Real, Shuttlesworth Drive and Foot Soldiers.

“For me, the biggest challenge as a musician has been trying to keep my music and brand fresh and profitable in today’s constantly shifting and highly competitive music industry. In some ways, this environment led to the development of MOVE as my primary creative outlet,” Essix says. “This ensemble has totally invigorated me spiritually. One thing I really love is that we are all equally invested in this and have committed ourselves to making it work,” he continues. “We all have separate projects to manage outside the Trio, but I think there is a realization that we are stronger together than we are totally on our own.”



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