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Black Is....

by Fertile Ground

Suddenly the sound of crisp horns, a gritty guitar, polyrhythmic percussion, and a soul-stirring keyboard sail out in balance to the tightly knitted community of music enthusiasts and underground connoisseurs that have become Fertile Ground's audience.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Spirit World
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2. Light Shed'n
1:17 $0.99
3. Live in the Light
5:57 $0.99
4. Another Day
5:25 $0.99
5. An Artist Prayer
2:55 $0.99
6. Shout
1:50 $0.99
7. Changing Woman
4:25 $0.99
8. A Blues for me
5:38 $0.99
9. Yellow Daisies
3:40 $0.99
10. Black Is
7:19 $0.99
11. Naked
6:05 $0.99
12. You
7:22 $0.99
13. On this day
4:27 $0.99
14. Reprise
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Suddenly the sound of crisp horns, a gritty guitar, polyrhythmic percussion, and a soul-stirring keyboard sail out in balance to the tightly knitted community of music enthusiasts and underground connoisseurs that have become Fertile Ground's audience. Shortly after, the lead vocalist, Navasha Daya appears, reminiscent of some sort of ceremonial queen, and her cosmic stage presence sends the audience cheering and eventually transports them from swaying into all out dancing. Tonight is magical, but it is not out of the ordinary. Fertile Ground has repeated this feat at venues all over the world. This once humble Baltimore-based jazz trio has evolved into a seven piece international powerhouse performing 50-80 shows a year, ranging from sold-out clubs to large stadium festivals. They have hypnotized music lovers at the Jazz Café in London, The Blue Note in Tokyo, B.B. King's in NYC, The Dusable Museum in Chicago, Pier Six in Baltimore, and Blues Alley in D.C. Each of their shows is an opportunity to not only convert people into Fertile Ground fans, but also to renew a dying faith in the power of live music.

Still ironically considered new artists, Fertile Ground has seven years, countless performances, and dozens of recordings to their credit. After 2 years of extensive touring, writing and recording, the group will unveil their fourth full-length masterpiece, simply entitled Black Is... the highly-anticipated CD, is the sequel to the acclaimed 2002 release Seasons Change. This fourth full-length album, which will be internationally released and supported by an extensive world tour, contains a range of ethereal classics such as the title track, Black Is..., a soulful jazz waltz ballad full of affirmation, the joyful noise of Live In the Light; and the introspectively revealing song Naked, which gives us an example of how to truly connect with and reflect each other.

Selling more than 125,000 albums they have created the modern blueprint for independent music sales and become the leader of a movement. With a rebellious freedom and an undaunted genius Fertile Ground's founding leader and keyboardist, James Collins, started Blackout Studios to help get the band's music to listeners the best way possible. Where many artists believe the hype and opt to stand in the longest line waiting to be scooped up by a label, Blackout Studios recognizes that good music can be transmitted through the effective use of the underground.

Fertile Ground has shared the stage with such multi-platinum heavyweights as Cassandra Wilson, Hugh Masekela, Me'Shell N'Degeocello, India Arie, Wynton Marsalis, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, and even Run DMC. The band is often classified as Soul-Jazz, but they spill out of any genre as a cross-cultural fusion of all things spiritual and funk-ridden. In this realm called good music, theatrics never replace integrity, nor does experience and success replace a creatively fresh approach to each project. Messages are heart-felt, conveying an unashamed spirituality, a firm political stance, or whatever the moment requires, and everything is heavily supported by raw, organic, often danceable compositions in the tradition of Fela Kuti, Stevie Wonder, Santana, and Earth Wind & Fire. With the requisite strength, depth and energy to electrify crowds, musicians, DJs, journalists, and promoters not just once or twice, but over and over again, Fertile Ground has been cementing their place as musical and social innovators.



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DJ Come of Age

On solid ground!!
Absolutely the most inspiring and soulful band in this era of modern music. "Black Is" continues in the strong Fertile Ground tradition of timeless tracks and seasoned soul gems. A must have for any jazz, RnB purist!
DJ Come of Age

B. Williams

I heard this cd for the first time on Sat. Never heard of the group, never heard a single song from the CD. Love it the 1st time, went out and purchased the CD. Finally, a group has come along that I can really enjoy.

Keep up the Great Work!

Gary F

Black is...... Excellent
I agree wholeheartedly with the previous reviewer lady kiki C. But add that this Album is an excellent template for other artists to follow in producing good quality music that involves, content-wise topics that celebrate our blackness,question our role in life as a people world-wide and that it can be done to singing and music that if not better is just as good as those artists who are too scared to think''out of the box'' i.e. not just relegated to singing about love/sex and broken relationships.
Black is...... music for my soul.BUY! 10********** in my books

A. Emmanuel lee

So many adjectives come to mind. So many places you can find. This is Music. It inspires the creative sparks to fly and turn into to full flames burning down walls that bind imagination, or you can just put it on repeat and take a road trip. This is Music. You don't even have to be listening to it to carry it with you. You can tread softly on the path to your dreams or just to the corner store and it would still be Fertile Ground. Stunning vocals, exellent musicianship, and production, plus great songwriting leaves you breathless wanting more. Thank You Fertile Ground

Lady Kiki C

Black Is???
How many albums make us question what Black Is...this has been Fertile Grounds mission since their inception...to constantly make people of the African Diaspora question who they are and constantly and consistently show them the beauty of their history and present reflection. This album...Black Is...Beautiful, Impressive, Intriguing...but most of all Black Is, simply supreme.


Jneiro Jarel

Great record!!!!
I love this record. My partner Dj Sezy picked it up at the store and let me check it out. It has a organic feel to it. Beautiful record, "Blaaaaaack iissssss, so beautifuuuuul wouwooooo!!!". I looooove that song. Makes me feel proud to be who I am.


"Black Is..." Is Peace of Mind
This is that feel good music...that "take my mind off it all for a while" music and I have to hear it everyday. Thank you for bringing me your sound. I can only hope that you receive the recognition you deserve. Were it not for your MySpace, I would have missed out so I do my best to share the sound and get the music out there in my own little way. BE BLESSED!


A must have....
This CD is a must have....Black is so beautiful. My favorite song. Pick this up. PEACE


This is real music that speaks to the mind and spirit
I bought this CD after having heard the artists perform in Virginia in April. Fertile Ground is an excellent live band, and I was worried that no recording would be able to capture their energy. I was wrong. Their arrangements are eclectic embracing reggae, samba, jazz and hip hop but they blend it all masterfully. I completely enjoyed this CD and will continue to add this group to my collection.


it's my favorite fertile ground release so far.
It's my favorite fertile ground release so far.

I love the mellowness of it, yet it's intense, too.

Great chillin', readin', or drivin'.
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