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SmoothJazz.com Review

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Continuing to draw buoyant and grooving inspiration and innovation from his heroes Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller, emerging bassist/composer Mitchell Coleman, Jr. throws down another explosive, multi-faceted round of feel good, jazz-funk fusion on PERCEPTION, the follow-up to his debut, chart-active, SOUL SEARCHING. Among the most exciting aspects of Coleman’s artistry is his adventure and unpredictability. He’s raucously thick and thumping on the uptempo jams, suave and in the pocket, soulful on the ballads, and throws into the mix colorful atmospheric, world beat exotica that explore realms beyond the cool confines of Smooth Jazz. Another highlight is a lush remake of The Crusaders’ “Street Life,” which puts Dionyza Sutton (High School Musical, Cheetah Girls) in the seductive Randy Crawford role. Your PERCEPTION is on the money – this album’s a “Funkatized” joyride! ~ Jonathan Widran

About Mitchell Coleman Jr

Journeyman bassist Mitchell Coleman, Jr. is a longtime touring and session musician with a bent toward jazz fusion and R&B. Raised in Cuba, Alabama, Coleman first started playing music in his adolescence after receiving a bass as a gift from his mother. Inspired by the music of trumpeter Miles Davis, as well as such bass heroes as Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Slave's Mark Adams, and Jaco Pastorius, Coleman practiced religiously, and by his teens was regularly playing with local bands. After high school, he furthered his musical experience by enlisting in the United States Air Force band, during which time he toured with the Tops in Blue band and studied privately with bassists Rick Montalbano and George Sessum. After his discharge from the Air Force in 1990, Coleman relocated to Los Angeles where he quickly settled into the studio session and live performance jazz scenes, often collaborating with producers Cario Johnson and Herman Dawkins. In 2014, Coleman released his debut full-length solo album, Soul Searching, featuring co-production from keyboardist/vocalist Dawkins, as well as appearances by keyboardist Deron Johnson (Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke) and others. ~ Matt Collar

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