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Winning Hand

by Abstract

This is a Heavy Rhythm And Blues CD, that is embelished with groove oriented influences of Jazz, Country and Western, and Rock.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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1. Sneakin'
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2. Good Girls
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3. Hold Your Breath
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4. Winning Hand
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5. Tiffany's Song
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6. Krazy Kerry
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7. Sacre Blues
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8. Bad Case of Ego
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9. Data Transfer
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10. Grease' Em Up
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Who is Abstract?

New Orleans' hottest new/old jazz/ Rhythm & Blues Band, Abstract, boomed onto the scene in July 2003, with the release of its debut CD "Winning Hand". Conceptualized eight years ago by drummer, Gerald French, and bassist, Kerry Lewis, the concept was solidified when Kerry Lewis and guitarist, Joel Hamilton met in The United States Marine Corps. Gerald, Kerry, and Joel began to build a company,which created 11th Commandment Records. Due to Gerald and Kerry's long standing relstionship with pianist, Paul Longstreth , steming from earlier years while the three provided the rhythm section for "The Leroy Jones Quintet", Paul ws the obvious choise to complete the group and ABstract went to work on developing a sound and concept as a group. After completing the CD and while performing live, Abstract had the pleasure of gaining organist, Marc Adams one of New Orleans' premier musicians who joined as the fifth member.

Abstract draws its influences from such groups as The Meters, Jonny "Guitar" Watson, Rick James, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Gaters, and Fourplay. These Influences keep Abstract grounded in its New Orleans roots, but incorporates other distinct styles, such as jazz, heavy rock and country guitar riffs, which make Abstract distict from other New Orleans Based Groups.


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Jose Luis Camacho

A cool indulgence for the soul
From the beginning to the end of this masterpiece, the listener is treated to the tasty artistry that is contained within each tune. Delicate shadings blended with mind altering complexities tossed in with groovy rhythms makes for a great time! These songs bring to the table what our souls crave to devour; sweet, deep, smooth listening. Man, it'll make your head spin, son!

Dean M. Shapiro


This CD represents a coming together of four of the most talented sidemen in the New Orleans musical scene, including two who come from strong musical backgrounds. Drummer/vocalist Gerald French is a third generation musician, whose father is bassist/vocalist George French and whose grandfather was the late bandleader, Albert "Papa" French. Keyboardist Paul Longstreth's father, Rev. Paul Longstreth, Sr., is also an accomplished pianist and his sister Kimberly is a talented singer about town. Along with Kerry Lewis on bass and Joel Hamilton on guitar, they comprise Abstract and this-their debut CD-is a worthy effort. All but one of the ten songs on this CD-Billy Preston's 1976 hit, "Bad Case of Ego"-are originals from the pens of one or more of the band's members. Their subdued, smooth jazzy sound is reminiscent of Incognito, minus the horns. Nearly all of the tracks are very tightly controlled but with ample opportunities for each of the quartet's members to stretch their musical legs and solo. Especially Hamilton who displays equal virtuosity on acoustic and electric guitars. Likewise Longstreth who is equally proficient on acoustic and electric pianos and organ. And, with French's drumming and Lewis' bass cementing a solid foundation for the group, Winning Hand is a winner!