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Liquid Soul

by Gemini Soul feat. Ajamu Akinyele

Musically inspired by the smooth sounds of Sade, the funk of Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke, and the fusion of Herbie Hancock this is the new direction in jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Gypsy
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2. Liquid Soul
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3. Fever
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4. Lili
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5. In the Mood
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6. Yesterday Princess
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7. Spiritually in Tune
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8. Kiss of Life
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9. The Chocolate Factory
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10. Evolution Part 2
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11. Hang on to Your Love
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12. Lake Merritt
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13. Take Five
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
‘Liquid Soul’ the jazz/fusion album from Gemini Soul featuring Ajamu Akinyele is musically inspired by bassists Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, the smooth sounds of Sade, and pianists Dave Brubeck and Michael Cain. ‘Liquid Soul’ gives fans the ultimate experience in a new direction in jazz...Cyber Jazz.

Ajamu Akinyele and Jon O’Bergh, known as the “Cyber Jazz” duo Gemini Soul, released their sophomore album ‘Liquid Soul’ which features new original music, plus favorite standards such as Peggy Lee's "Fever," Stanley Clarke's "Yesterday Princess," Sade's "Kiss of Life" and "Hang On To Your Love," and Dave Brubeck's "Take Five." "The Chocolate Factory," written by O’Bergh, was a track taken from his anticipated album ‘Song of Fire.’

On the album, Jon O’Bergh plays keyboard and piano in a style similar to Herbie Hancock, Tori Amos, and Dave Brubeck; while Ajamu Akinyele plays bass laying down pure funk in a style similar to Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Meshell Ndegeocello. The album was promoted with the singles “Gypsy”, “Fever”, “In the Mood”, “Kiss of Life”, “Evolution Part 2”, and “Lake Merritt”.

As Gemini Soul, producer/bassist Ajamu Akinyele and pianist Jon O'Bergh captures the spirit and soul of jazz, providing a unique sound called "Cyber Jazz," continuing to redefine jazz for a new generation. Performing together as Gemini Soul has given them the outlet to explore new boundaries and to create a musical vision called "Cyber Jazz." This album marks as the second Gemini Soul project.

Who is Gemini Soul?

Producer, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele, pronounced Ah-jah-moo + Ah-kin-yay-lay, recorded as Marcel releasing five R&B/Funk albums from 1998 to 2004. He's had worldwide success with those releases, including in Europe, Japan, and Australia. He released ‘Supernova’ (2005) and ‘Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience’ (2006) both Jazz/Funk/Fusion albums as Ajamu Akinyele.

Jon O'Bergh has written and produced several albums including ‘Carta’ reaching #1 nationwide on the NAV chart; ‘Meditations from a Lost World’ which reached #3; and ‘Millennial Landscapes’ which reached #2. He also co-produced songs with Marcel, now known as Ajamu Akinyele, on his 2003 release ‘Uptown : 2025 A.D.’ and for R&B recording artist Jarrod on his debut album ‘Every Part of Me’.

As Gemini Soul, their entire catalog from 2005–2015 can be purchased right here at CD Baby, so look for the following titles:

A Cyber Jazz Holiday "2005"

Liquid Soul "2007"

Live : The Liquid Soul Tour “2007”

The Nefertiti Xperience “2008”

Dark Skin Babies : The Movement “2009”

Willona’s Boutique “2015” (Their last recording as Gemini Soul)

Fun Facts:

Ajamu Akinyele has recorded under numerous names including Michael Angelo (in 1989 releasing a single titled "Brina Brown" in Europe) and Marcel as an R&B/Funk artist. His last recording under the moniker Marcel was 2004's 'Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2.' He was also the bandleader of the jazz/funk/fusion band Gemini Soul. He now records as Andre Akinyele.

He changed his birth name on his 32nd birthday, June 21, 2004, from ‘Andre Marcel Wilson’ to ‘Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele’ to reflect a more African heritage. Also, in changing his name, he wanted to depart from the Prince influenced sound to a more self-defined sound to honor his grandmother. Thus, “Cyber Jazz” and the Pearl Jazz Recording Label was born. After the release of the ‘Secret Weapon’ album, he formed the jazz/funk/fusion band Gemini Soul and began recording as Ajamu Akinyele. He would not return to the Prince influenced sound until the release of his 2012 album ‘The Potomac Syndrome’ as Andre Akinyele.

As Andre Akinyele, he has developed other ventures, including his Orange River enterprise that consists of a record label, book publishing company, and film studio. He produced albums for Jon O’Bergh. He is the bandleader, guitarist, bassist, and lead singer of the rock group Looking for Lester, working under the pseudonym Rebellion and producing the album under the name Messiah Superstar. He is also the lead singer, drum programmer, and keyboardist for the electronic synth-pop duo Lavender Lush, also working under the pseudonym Chambliss Charlie. He co-authored the book ‘Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello.’ Aside from music, he is also the owner of Akinyele Design Firm, which focuses on graphic design and visual arts. Also, he is the owner of Ajamu, a gaming and software development company. He authored the tech book ‘So, What’s the Big Deal About Scrum? A Methodology Handbook for Developers.’ In addition to holding an Associate's of Arts degree in Music Technology and a Bachelor's degree in Legal Studies, he also holds a Master's degree in Information Technology (IT): Software Engineering.

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San Jose Song Bird

Food for the Soul!
Smooth like velvet! If you've never experienced cyber-jazz, Gemini Soul is the group to check out. Definitely a must have for your jazz collection!
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Jim Harrington (Inside Bay Area / Oakland Tribune)

Gemini Soul - Jazz & Funk!
There are two sides to every story, especially when we are relaying the tale of a Gemini. The two sides to the local duo Gemini Soul are jazz and funk. My guess is that you'll enjoy both elements equally if you decide to check out one of the act's upcoming gigs...Like the band itself, the disc is a hybrid of musical styles and delivers a wide range of compositions. There are some originals, as well as intriguing takes on such standards as "Fever" and "Take Five." The pair also covers newer material such as Stanley Clarke's "Yesterday Princess" and Sade's "Kiss of Life." If that sounds appealing to you - and IT SHOULD - check out "Liquid Soul"...In concert, Gemini Soul has drawn comparisons to everyone from Sade and MeShell Ndegeocello to Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. That's an amazingly broad sound spectrum, but one that helps the band achieve its musical mission... ~ Jim Harrington (Inside Bay Area / Oakland Tribune)
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michael_bey@yahoo.com

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this music sounds good I trust that I was a part of it or could be a part of it in the near furture.
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Patrick Van de Wiele (Keys & Chords Magazine)

Soft & Laid Back!
This is the new CD from the jazz duo Gemini Soul, and I've reviewed all of their music from their debut CD "Supernova" to the double CD "Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience." They've created a new sound that they call "Cyber Jazz - Funk Fusion." Liquid Soul captures the smooth sounds of Sade, bassists MeShell Ndegeocello and Marcus Miller, and the fusion of Miles Davis. Their new sound is very soft and laid back. This CD is great for a dinner party or gathering providing that special ambience. ~ Patrick Van de Wiele (Keys & Chords Magazine)
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Ronald Jackson (JazzReview.com)

A Delightful Listen!
Liquid Soul presents a conceptually innovative form of fusion not entirely unlike some of Hancock's and Miles' material. The 7-minute subtly funky opening track "Gypsy" is very reminiscent of Joe Sample's classic "Hippies On A Corner." One definitely takes notice of the very competent piano work provided by Ajamu Akinyele's right-hand man Jon O'Bergh. O'Bergh offers more of his tasteful piano flavorings on the title track "Liquid Soul" and follows with a colorful interpretation of the classic "Fever" with smooth contributions from Ajamu Akinyele's funky bass stylings. I also enjoyed Gemini Soul's covers of Sade's "Kiss of Life" and "Hang On To Your Love," which are very much in keeping with the album's overall flavor. I made note of Ajamu Akinyele's reference here to being compared to the laid back grooves of Marcus Miller...I must admit that on cuts like "Evolution Part 2" and the aforementioned "Hang On To Your Love," Ajamu Akinyele sports a note worthy dose of nicely concocted funk. Gemini Soul's handling of Brubeck's "Take Five" is also worthy of an appreciative smile. With that said, this album is more of a showcase for O'Bergh's handsome, rather pillowy soft piano stylings than it is an Ajamu Akinyele adventure in major funk fusion, as was so clearly displayed in Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience, which I find to be a better production and "Alive!" If mellow, solidly structured, and fluid piano with a touch of funk bass in good measure is what you're after, Liquid Soul could be a delightful listen. ~ Ronald Jackson (JazzReview.com)
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Brian Soergel (JazzTimes.com)

A Superb, Mellow Mood Rules This Tasty Project!
Ask musicians to put their unique style into words and they'll likely snort and warn earnestly about the danger of pigeonholing. Gemini Soul has no such problem. The band wants you to pigeonhole it as "Cyber Jazz," what it calls a combination of smooth jazz - funk fusion...Surprise, surprise. Gemini Soul, an appropriately "soulful" unit led by bassist Ajamu Akinyele and keyboardist Jon O'Bergh, is a mellow band that fits nicely into some of your higher-priced lounges in San Francisco, where the group is based...O'Bergh's keys are best when conjuring mellow sunsets a la Joe Sample. Their original material is choice, as are covers of Sade's "Kiss of Life" and "Hang On to Your Love." They also subdue Dave Brubeck's "Take Five," Peggy Lee's "Fever" and Stanley Clarke's "Yesterday Princess." Gemini Soul maintains a dreamy, classy sound throughout 13 songs and should be praised for not throwing in a crazy upbeat tune to announce its funk cred. A superb, mellow mood rules this tasty project. ~ Brian Soergel (www.jazztimes.com - May 2007)
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Andrew Pipe

Most inspiring indeed sirs.
Gemini Soul have done it again. Another wonderful installment of cyberjazz which does nothing to sully the reputation of previous CDs. An all round more moving sound than Black Magic or Supernova and perhaps even more chillaxing if that is at all possible. A fantastic piece of work.
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Andrew Pipe

Most inspiring indeed sirs.
Gemini Soul have done it again. Another wonderful installment of cyberjazz which does nothing to sully the reputation of previous CDs. An all round more moving sound than Black Magic or Supernova and perhaps even more chillaxing if that is at all possible. A fantastic piece of work.
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Shedaria

Keep Up The Good Work, You Can Only Go Higher!
This is just a note to let you know how much I really enjoyed your performance. I can tell that you really feel and enjoy your music, it was displayed by the energy that filled the room at the View Lounge at The Marriott Hotel in February 2007. I purchased your two CD's, Liquid Soul & Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience and they are both good, but not as good as your "Live" performances...your performance was GREAT, and when we left, I was full of energy, even though it was after midnight, and that's good for me! I really enjoyed your performance and hope you come to perform in Dallas at the Brooklyn Jazz Cafe. Keep up the good work, you can only go higher. ~ Shedaria (Dallas, TX)
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Matthias Kirsch (Jazz Radio 101.9 - Berlin)

Great Stuff!
A very well-rounded and atmospherically dense CD with top production quality. We're happy to add a couple of tracks to our active playlist. Great Stuff! ~ Matthias Kirsch (Jazz Radio 101.9 Berlin, Germany)
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