Throughout 2014, Meghan Trainor's Grammy nominated #1 mega-hit got the world up, dancing and thinking "All About That Bass," but Mitchell Coleman Jr. didn't need a high-energy pop smash to get him obsessed with the groove. It's been there since he was 12, when his neighbor Greg, the bass prodigy "monster on the block" in Bloomfield, Conn., taught him how to play Grover Washington, Jr. and Bill Withers' R&B classic "Just The Two Of Us."
Now a few decades later, after years of behind the scenes session work for numerous indie artists in his adopted hometown of L.A., Coleman breaks free for some serious and dynamic Soul Searching on his long awaited, debut full-length set on his own Soul Revelation label.
The new high-energy single "Flow," helmed by veteran Motown producer Michael B. Sutton, is off to a powerful start as well, hitting the SmoothJazz.com Radar Chart as the #2 Most Added track, and was recently the #1 Most Added track on the Groove Jazz Music Chart.
Coleman's delivers wildly rhythmic cool soul on up-tempo gems like "Overload," the jangling and punchy "Genesis," and the exotic, simmering "Ethiopia Love." There's also a dreamy, sensual cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's iconic ballad "That's The Way of the World."
With one of L.A.'s most renowned indie studio soundmen, Hollywood Dawkins, pulling triple duty on piano and vocals, their lineup includes keyboardist Deron Johnson, who played in Miles Davis' final band and has also worked with Alanis Morissette, Larry Carlton, Seal and Stanley Clarke; and Kayta Matsuno, whose resume includes Babyface, Natalie Cole, David Foster and Colby O'Donis. Also included are guitarist Sean Fabian and saxophonists Tim Anderson and Sal Avila. Adding some classic, old school soul flair on backing vocals are sisters Pam and Joyce Vincent (from Tony Orlando and Dawn) and Jim Gilstrap, most famous for his vocals on the gospel-flavored "Good Times" TV theme song.