Brian O'Neal | Mood Swings

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Mood Swings

by Brian O'Neal

A step into Jazz for a generation raised on Hip-Hop. Looped, syncopated beats that find their roots in Top 40 and Adult Contemporary R&B grooves. ~Brian Hull / JazzNow, Inc.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Holland Residence
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2. From Concentrate
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3. Art of Life
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4. Black Beans
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5. Swings N Things
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6. Hourglass
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7. Train of Thought
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8. Loud and Clear
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9. Winter Sun
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10. Sandman
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11. Samba Sauce
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12. Yome'
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13. Let Me Do It
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Brian "Bean" O'Neal - (Owner-BCO Media, Inc., Producer, composer, keyboardist, software developer) was born in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of six, Bean's musical interest awakened when he began taking drum lessons. Before long, Bean immersed himself in music, mastering the Saxophone, Bass, and Trombone. He aspired to become a professional drummer until his Grandmother purchased a Piano for him when he was sixteen. This was a pivotal moment in Bean's musical development and marked the exploratory phase of his experimentation with melodies and chords. His diligence and expertise earned Bean a coveted full Piano/Music Scholarship at Alcorn University in 1984., quite a remarkable feat for a self-taught pianist.
On his quest to find his niche in the musical realm, Bean experimented with jingles for Corporations such as McDonalds. He combined his love for children and movies by composing film scores and inspirational music for youthful audiences.

In 1994, Bean's musical vision prompted him to relocate to Atlanta to establish his own production company, BCO Media, Inc. Committed to the advancement of music and arts, Bean donates his time and talent to the artistic community. He has worked closely with some of Atlanta's most talented new Underground Spoken Word Performing Artists and Musicians. Realizing the important role that the arts play in the cultural expression of this generation, Bean has dedicated himself to ensuring that such valuable channels remain accessible.

As his musical career expanded, Bean manifested his versatility by becoming innovative in the areas of writing, producing, arranging and performing, always testing the limits of his creativity. His melodic creations bridge the gaps between generations, social classes and musical genres.

Over the past 20 years, Bean's hard work, determination, raw talent and creative energy has enabled him to refine his craft, giving birth to eclectic musical gems that promise to enchant his listening audience for years to come.

Bean credits his Grandmother Daisy O'Neal for both influencing and nurturing his musical endeavors. Brian O'Neal is a truly talented musician whose compositions resonate that there is no limit to musical artistry. Listen to his work and enjoy the musical journey it will carry you on.


***** REVIEW *****
Mood Swings is a step into Jazz for a generation raised on Hip-Hop. Looped, syncopated beats that find their roots in Top 40 and Adult Contemporary R&B grooves. In the broadest sense, one could classify this music as "Easy Listening" or "Light Jazz." And true, this is an excellent album for candlelight and a smooth Cabernet, but that would be a failure on the listener's part to see the overflowing musical merits of this album. Brian O'Neal is a compositional monster. With what would seem to be a very limiting looped rhythm and harmonic structure, he is always adding and subtracting little counter melodies or doubling parts on other instruments and keeps things incredibly fresh and interesting throughout.

O'Neal has chops to spare too when placed behind a piano, using his improvisational abilities to stretch out the harmony and play with the time laid down by the rhythm section. But he never allows himself to become over indulgent or draw the listener away from the song with flashy solos. My only complaint for this album is that even the least discriminating ears, at times, become very aware of the fact that the music was recorded in large part using synthesizers. This is not to say that synths themselves are not a viable musical instrument, but in this setting it does not allow them to react to Brian's improvisations the way that a live band is capable of. With his immense talent, I would be very excited to hear what Brian could do with a room full of equally talented musicians. That said, this is an incredibly consistent album, which shows that Brian will be an artist to keep an eye on in the coming years.

by Brian Hull


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Onre Nobles

Never to be suprised at the sound's of the Motor City
I'm never suprised at the sound of the Motor City. There are so many talented artist there. You can tell where the sounds are coming from.Stay on top of your game.

RnBMistress

JUST CHILLING AND RELAXING
Hi Brian O'neal

Stopping by as promise to listen and review your CD...I'm tellin' ya this CD deserves more than 5 stars. Holland Residence simply love it, that piano playing in there is sensual. "Black Beans" Love it, love it, love it!!! That bass in there is kicking whoa!! "Train Thought" Love it, love it, love it!!! that one is really sexy. "Art Of LIfe" Ooooooh that piano and the sound of raining falling....your a genious, simply marvelous! All of your songs are awesome, left me speechless. I will certainly buy your CD. Thanks for sharing this beautiful music with us all.

Still One Thing

I love, Love, LOVE this CD.
I really love this CD. Mr. O'Neal requested me on MYSPACE to be his friend, so I checked out his page, and was very pleased with his sound. I love jazz, and even more so, piano jazz. I was blown away. And everyone I have played it for, has bought a copy. I keep it in heavy rotation, and look forward to hearing more. Simply put..., I am a fan.

John

Smooth and relaxing...
Brian O'Neal's mix of smooth grooves, light sounds and tantalizing piano playing creates relaxed and soulful jazz music. His sound and style is reminiscent of Marcus Johnson and Lynn Cannon. If you’re a fan of smooth jazz piano players who place heavy emphasis on keyboards, "Mood Swings" will be top notch addition to your collection.

Red

Wonderful Creative Musician
I love this CD and can't wait until Brians's new one comes out.

Tony V Steele


I just happen to come across Brian O'neal through looking at myspace music jazz section and he was the first artist at the top of the page.The first
song i played was Mesmerized from the Daisy cd and from that point i had to get Mood Swings too.
I did not go wrong, its a fantastic cd that i love
riding to,especially on beautiful sunny with clouds in the sky kind of days.

Clarissa

CD to listen to from the inside out
I've listened to this CD in a few different settings. At no time did I ever have to listen for the music. It is like the music comes out of you into the space. From Holland Residence to Let me Do It, every piece is exceptional. It today's industry where music attacks you, "Mood Swings" seduces you.

Tanya Scott


Man, what can I say. Is there a part 2 to Mood
swing?

greg h.

very nice & smooth jazz cd
this is one smooth cd. this guy seems to know the meaning of mellow. You can sip on some wine with that someone special and just chill and check one another out. It is mellow but not dead.

Rose

Music for all my moods
After previewing Brian O'Neals music on MYSPACE I had to make this purchase. Mood Swings is magical and inspiring. I am looking forward to Brian's new project Daisy releasing next month (May 07)
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