Nduyanyu | NduSpeak

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by Nduyanyu

An exciting collection of 10 jazz-flavored funk tunes with absolutely no filler.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Woman (for Mary Ann)
7:18 $0.99
2. Miles of Alex
3:59 $0.99
3. Jazz Hop
5:19 $0.99
4. Funk Street
7:29 $0.99
5. Riding High on Life
4:52 $0.99
6. Allegra's Smile
2:54 $0.99
7. Tarahata
5:19 $0.99
8. Whatever
3:20 $0.99
9. Cia
4:00 $0.99
10. Down at Nick's Place
8:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
I was born in the late forties and a few months after my birth my family moved from Memphis, TN, to Long Beach, CA, then eventually Pasadena. I was the eldest of ten children. My father worked for the railroad as a porter and my mother was a vocational nurse. We didn’t have a ton of dough, but there was always food on the table and music playing in our home.

I didn’t have the greatest relationship with my father, but two things he loved, boxing and jazz, must have been passed on through his genes to me. I was a big fan of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali. The first album I ever bought was "Kind of Blue" primarily because Dad wouldn’t let me play his copy unless he was around. And when I was in high school I used to carry with my books albums of Miles and Trane (no Walkmans or iPods then) while my friends were listening to Motown and James Brown. I dug that music as well, but jazz catapulted me to worlds beyond my imagination.

During my last year of high school and my first two years of college, I was a staff writer for the Pasadena Star-News. After a stint reporting high school sports, I moved over to the entertainment department and started covering music concerts and writing album reviews. This led to an internship in the publicity department at 20th Century-Fox. After college, I worked for a number of publicity firms dealing primarily with R&B and jazz groups. It was during this time that I worked with and was exposed to some of the greatest artists of our time – Earth, Wind & Fire, Bill Withers, Miles Davis, Billy Preston, War and Herbie Hancock.

I took a break from living in Los Angeles and moved to San Francisco. I became roommates with trombonist Julian Priester, who had moved from New York City to the Bay Area after the breakup of Hancock’s band in 1973. I had a great time living there, meeting through Priester some of most creative people I had ever known – writers Jessica Hagedorn ("Dogeaters"), Ntozake Shange ("For Colored Girl Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf") and Terry McMillan ("Waiting to Exhale"); and musicians too numerous to mention. The Bay Area was a wonderful place to grow as a person, but it wasn’t great for employment.

By 1975 I found myself moving back to Los Angeles to take a publicity job at United Artists Records. UA owned Blue Note Records, one of the great labels in the history of jazz. Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, Lou Donaldson, Bobby Hutcherson, Earl Klugh and Lee Morgan among others were under contract. It was great being in that environment. I did some producing, working on samplers and promotional albums. I even got an associate producer’s credit on Bobby Hutcherson’s latin-flavored effort, "Montara." A couple of years later I moved to A&M Records, whose top jazz artists included Quincy Jones and Chuck Mangione.

I left A&M in 1978 and started a business designing and installing audio video systems for office and homes. It was the beginning of the home theater business that we know today. I really didn’t miss the music business, but I did miss the music. I felt I had all these ideas in my head but no way to get them out as I really wasn’t a musician.

One day in 2004 my friend Curtis Robertson, Jr., was over at my house listening to one of the many music mixes I put together for friends and parties and had done so since my college days. He told me he thought I should try to do something more with my knowledge and I should look into using GarageBand, a software program found on Apple computers which allows a person to create music using professionally recorded loops. I couldn’t play an instrument but I could use a Mac and I could count and math is an integral part of making and writing music. Before too long I was writing songs. Then it stopped being a hobby and started sounding more like a real musical project. On and off, I worked nearly six years with the loops to get the desired sound and feel. All the songs needed were some live musicians to give the music added vitality and improvisation.

After getting most of the tracks recorded Curtis and I brought in Arthur Walton from Hawaii to do our final mix. He had worked with us earlier adding guitars tracks on "Cia." The final tracks by Nailah (who wrote the lyrics and harmonies for her vocals on the spot) were added and "NduSpeak" was ready to be released.



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