Will Calhoun, drums
Charnett Moffett, bass
Marc Cary, keys
Wallace Roney, trumpet
Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy winners and contribute to so many genres – jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, and more – while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continually pushing the envelope. Will Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life.
In addition to his work with landmark fusion rock band Living Colour, Calhoun has recorded and/or performed with a diverse array of artists, including B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Marcus Miller, Dr. John, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Oumou Sangare, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Wayne Shorter (on the 1995 Grammy-winning CD High Life), Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, The Allman Brothers, and more. As a producer, player, and songwriter, he has also worked on Herb Alpert's Grammy-nominated album Colors (1999), and Mos Def's The New Danger (2004).
After releasing several solo drum/electronic albums and forming the groundbreaking band Jungle Funk with Doug Wimbish and Vinx in the late '90s, Calhoun released his first solo jazz CD in 2000, titled The Will Calhoun Quintet: Live at the Blue Note. The disc garnered a Grammy nomination. His latest release, Native Lands (2005), is his follow-up release on Half Note Records, the Blue Note's in-house record label. Native Lands can be described as jazz meets world music, coupled with trance-inducing urban music. This dual disc (CD/DVD) combines Calhoun's experiences as he marries his far-reaching interests in a genre-bending collection that taps key expressionists from various backgrounds. Among those contributing are Pharaoh Sanders, Mos Def, Buster Williams, Stanley Jordan, Kevin Eubanks, Marcus Miller and Wallace Roney, as well as Nana Vasconcelos from Brazil and Cheick Tidiane Seck from Mali.
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