Visionary Pianist Cameron Graves Celebrates the
Thursday, March 16 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles
Performance to Feature Members of The West Coast Get Down
Cameron Graves / piano
Philip Dizack / trumpet
Ryan Porter / trombone
Carlito Del Puerte / bass
Ron Bruner, Jr. / drums
Special Guest Appearances:
Stanley Clarke / bass
Kamasi Washington / saxophone
Miles Mosley / bass
Doors open 8:00pm
Show at 9:00pm
9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
“Cameron Graves is a smart restless keyboardist with abundant
credits in jazz and R&B…” – The New York Times
“‘Planetary Prince’ picks up where Washington’s impactful album,
‘The Epic’ (featuring Graves) left off, blending jazz with European
classical music, prog rock, metal and hip-hop.” – VICE Noisey
Cameron Graves and The West Coast Get Down are set to perform at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, March 16 at 9:00pm in support of the release of his debut album Planetary Prince (available February 24 on Mack Avenue Records). Graves will be joined by trumpeter Philip Dizack, trombonist Ryan Porter, bassist Carlito Del Puerte and drummer Ron Bruner, Jr along with special guest appearances by legendary bassist and fellow Mack Avenue Records artist Stanley Clarke and West Cost Get Down co-founders saxophonist Kamasi Washington and bassist Miles Mosley.
Upon signing with Mack Avenue Records, Graves’ nearly released four song EP of the same name was expanded to an eight track full-length album, all packed with the same mind-expanding invention that marked all of the work previously generated by the West Coast Get Down — including Kamasi Washington’s universally acclaimed debut The Epic (which prominently featured Graves throughout its three discs).
Planetary Prince continues that evolution, with the scope and ambition of Graves’ vision only more evident on this release. In its full realization, the album only furthers that pulse-quickening, consciousness-broadening energy and maintains it over the course of nearly 80 illuminating minutes.
The title of Planetary Prince, which also serves as Graves’ pseudonym, comes from The Urantia Book, a spiritual tome that emerged from Chicago in the first half of the 20th century and that purports to reveal the truth of humanity through a combination of spiritual and cosmological ideas, including radical retellings of familiar stories from the Bible.
The way that The Urantia Book refracts religious traditions through the lens of science and speculative philosophy has parallels with the ways in which Graves and his West Coast Get Down compatriots have reimagined the jazz lineage with hip-hop and prog rock inflections, as well as interstellar ambitions.
Not all of the pieces are directly inspired by Urantia, but all of them share the same cosmic perspective. “Andromeda” was sparked by striking images of the Andromeda Galaxy, sister galaxy to the Milky Way as our closest neighbor in the universe; and “Isle of Love” is an imagined destination populated by a race of pure love. “El Diablo” takes a slightly more playful approach to the ferocious rhythmic churn of “Satania,” this time anchoring it with a buoyant, elastic groove and unleashing Bruner for a supernova solo. “End of Corporatism” asserts a political message by way of a bristling, abstract funk that highlights the interplay of Graves’ fleet, fluid keyboard skills and the supple power of his bassists.
The fervent, impassioned playing of Graves and his ensemble comes from the members’ nearly two decades of musical history together. “I don’t communicate the Urantia ideas to the band,” Graves says. “They just know that my song titles are kind of weird, but the music is really cool. I like to write a lot in odd rhythms, especially in 7, which takes the music somewhere else and lets the cats build off of that.”
“We’ve been playing this material with that kind of intensity for a long time now,” Graves says. “We all grew up listening together to hip-hop and rock and metal and jazz, so we all know where we’re going and how to complement it. It’s just intuition.”
About Cameron Graves:
Graves has also carved out a notable career apart from the WCGD. With his brother Taylor, he formed the R&B/fusion duo The Graves Brothers, releasing their debut, Look to the Stars, in 2013. That project grew out of a British/American pop group called The Score with which the brothers found enormous success in England. Graves was also a key member of actress/musician Jada Pinkett Smith’s nu-metal band Wicked Wisdom, providing entrée into the world of film and television scoring through the Pinkett Smith-directed film The Human Contract and TV series Hawthorne. Through his soundtrack work, Graves connected with legendary bassist and fellow Mack Avenue Records recording artist Stanley Clarke, and is now a member of his latest band, which is touring internationally.
Cameron Graves · Planetary Prince
Mack Avenue Records · Release Date: February 24, 2017
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