Gemini Soul releases “Radical” music video

RadicalAttempting a different kind of music video to reflect its unique take on cyber jazz, Gemini Soul this week released a radical version of the song “Radical.” According to JazzReview.com, “The keyboard driven “Radical” is a vast release of energy.” The video aims to capture the dynamic thrust of the music with genre-breaking images. The song appears on the 2008 CD “The Nefertiti Xperience.” In keeping with the theme of the album, the band is filmed in some shots amidst graceful Egyptian columns. But this is not your ordinary jazz music video. “We want to redefine jazz for a new generation,” says band leader and bassist Ajamu Akinyele. This video may do just that. Continue reading →

The making of “The Nefertiti Xperience”

This 10-minute video shows how Gemini Soul recorded “The Nefertiti Xperience” (CD scheduled for release Feb. 25, 2008). There is a nice example toward the end of CD using the song “Vertigo” in which you can hear the “before” and “after” versions: first, Andre plays his “mock up” version to give us his ideas for the song, then you hear the fully realized recorded version that we improvised. Continue reading →

Making music on the wild Sonoma coast

Sonoma coastGemini Soul just returned from three days at Sea Ranch, where we recorded a new CD to be titled “The Nefertiti Xperience.” Instead of going to a recording studio, we decided to rent a house in the quietude of Northern California’s wild and scenic Sonoma coast. Rain greeted us, the first in a parade of winter storms sweeping in from the north. We set up our instruments in the second-floor living room, where two large windows looked out over the Pacific. Deer cavorted in the meadow beside the house. Continue reading →