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Live : The Liquid Soul Tour

by Gemini Soul feat. Ajamu Akinyele

Musically inspired by the jazz/fusion of Herbie Hancock; the funk of MeShell Ndegeocello and Marcus Miller, this disc captures Gemini Soul doing what they do best; performing their electic blend of smooth jazz/funk fusion, known as "Cyber Jazz."
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Gypsy Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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2. Fever Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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3. LiLi Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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4. Pandora's Boxx Remix Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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5. Hang On To Your Love Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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6. Goodbye Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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7. In The Mood Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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8. Winter Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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9. Take Five Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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10. Ancestor's Dub Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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11. Supernova Remix Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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12. Lake Merritt Gemini Soul F/ Ajamu Akinyele
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This isn't your typical jazz; this is Cyber Jazz! "Live : The Liquid Soul Tour" captures Gemini Soul over several shows doing what they do best; performing live. Ajamu Akinyele's bass playing is in the style of Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and MeShell Ndegeocello - a sight to be seen live. Jon O'Bergh's keyboard stylings capture the elements of 70's funk, reminiscent of Herbie Hancock. Andrew Foster's percussion adds a satin groove, keeping the music smooth and sexy.

"Live : The Liquid Soul Tour" features the music from Gemini Soul's early 2007 release "Liquid Soul," including the favorites Peggy Lee's "Fever," and Sade's "Hang On To Your Love." Plus this disc includes a jazz/funk version of Lizz Wright's "Goodbye." And, don't forget about Ajamu Akinyele's Pandora's Boxx "Remix," if you enjoy Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and MeShell Ndegeocello...this song is right up your alley...funky, jazzy, and sexy! The entire CD was recorded live during the month of April 2007 at various venues in the San Francisco bay area. Gemini Soul's unique sound "Cyber Jazz," which is a blend of jazz/funk fusion with an electronic element, continues to redefine jazz for a new generation.

Concert Reviews:

You guys are FANTASTIC and I'm enjoying your CD's immensely! ~ Kelly Potter (Monterey, CA)

I really enjoyed your performance. I can tell that you really feel and enjoy your music, it was displayed by the energy that filled the room at the View Lounge at The Marriott Hotel in February 2007...your performance was GREAT, and when we left, I was full of energy...I hope you come to perform in Dallas at the Brooklyn Jazz Cafe. Keep up the good work, you can only go higher! ~ Shedaria (Dallas, TX)

We enjoy the vibe you bring to Frescaroma, and we also enjoy you very much as people. We'd love to have you back again, again, and again! ~ Cosmo (San Jose, CA)

You’re awesome! Let me know when you release your new CD, so we can have you back! ~ Lilly Cortez, Producer (Sacramento & Co. TV Show; NEWS 10/ABC)

Dude you are so on, and I've been waiting for an artist to swing my way. There are a lot of new urban jazz artists out there, but you throw the off speed pitch that, if I were a musician I'd be playing. Lock me in your fan club, I want to know where you'll be playing in Sacramento. Thank you for being soooo blessed! ~ A True Fan...Paul

It was great having you guys back in the Fillmore area playing. We need more of your good music more often. Each time I see you guys perform, you surprise me at how great you guy’s sound! Keep it up! ~ William

Listening to the alluring sound of jazz artist Ajamu Akinyele is outstanding! If you're looking for an entertaining jazz artist, you should book him today! Ajamu is the IDEA of jazz and we loved him at Table 260.
~ Pleshette (Sacramento Cultural Hub Magazine)

About Gemini Soul:

Andrè Marcel Ajamu Akinyele (Ah-jah-moo + Ah-kin-yay-lay) recorded as MARCEL from 1998 to 2004 and had independent success with several releases throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. As MARCEL, he released five CD's ranging in style from Funk to World, but as Ajamu Akinyele (name change in 2004 meaning “Strong Warrior” in the Yoruba language of Nigeria, Africa) embarked on his first Cyber Jazz CD titled "Supernova," in 2005. In 2006 the world witnessed just how far Ajamu would go; he released the double CD “Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience,” which established him as a true contender in the jazz industry.

Jon Carl O’Bergh, whom Ajamu has known since 2002, had previously written and produced 6 CDs, including “Song of Fire,” currently unreleased; “Songs from other Planets;” "Carta," which was #1 nationwide on the NAV chart; "Meditations from a Lost World," which reached #3; "Sacred Spaces"; and "Millennial Landscapes," which reached #2. He also co-produced songs for MARCEL, now known as Ajamu Akinyele, on Marcel’s 2003 release "Uptown : 2025 A.D.," and for R&B recording artist JARROD on his debut CD "Every Part of Me."

Ajamu and Jon joined forces in 2005, as Gemini Soul, with the release of “A Cyber Jazz Holiday;” Gemini Soul was born fusing smooth jazz and funk fusion for a new generation. Two years later on January 9, 2007, Gemini Soul released their second offering “Liquid Soul”. Liquid Soul is the new direction in jazz states Gemini Soul, and features 13 tracks of new original music, plus favorite standards such as Peggy Lee's "Fever," Stanley Clarke's "Yesterday Princess," Sade's "Kiss of Life" and "Hang On To Your Love," and Dave Brubeck's "Take Five."

In late January 2007, Gemini Soul added a new member, Andrew Foster on percussion. Andrew Foster’s transition from one skill to another is like Sade’s tune “Smooth Operator.” Growing up in the early seventies, listening to many styles of jazz including brazilian and traditional jazz, inspired Andrew to become a percussionist. He met with producer/bassist Ajamu Akinyele one evening after a Gemini Soul show and the rest is history. Andrew recalls during the first jam session, “It was like magic playing with Ajamu Akinyele and Jon O’Bergh…it just came naturally. I’m very fortunate to be a part of Gemini Soul and I’m ready to take it to the next level!” And the next level is where these guys are going, proving that Gemini Soul and their sound Cyber Jazz are here to stay!

Gemini Soul’s current set list concentrates on their collaborated works as Gemini Soul including their new release “Liquid Soul” and Ajamu Akinyele’s 2006 critically acclaimed double CD "Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience," which gained Gemini Soul exposure on the morning television show Sacramento & Co., (ABC affiliate KXTV). Their music has been featured on the hit television shows Girlfriends, The Tony Danza Show, and Entertainment Tonight. And, they opened for the legendary Latin/Jazz percussionist Pete Escovedo in June 2007.

Gemini Soul’s sound “Cyber Jazz,” which is a blend of jazz/funk fusion, reflects the influence of bassists Me’Shell Ndegèocello and Stanley Clarke; the smooth sounds of Sade; the funk fusion of jazz legend Herbie Hancock; and the pop funk jazz - fusion of Miles Davis. Their stage performances are visually exciting and entertaining, while engaging and energizing the audience in the manner of pop super star Prince and the pop funk fusion of Miles Davis. Gemini Soul also provides an overall smooth ambience reminiscent of Sade, an experience to behold.

Gemini Soul feat. Ajamu Akinyele Upcoming Shows:

Friday - June 12, 2009 @ 12 PM
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. (Campus Center)
Cupertino, CA 95014

Sunday - June 14, 2009 @ 1 PM
EON Coffee
24970 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94545

Saturday - June 20, 2009 @ 1 PM
Laurel Village Summer Solstice Music Festival
ACE Hardware Stage
4024 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

Saturday - June 20, 2009 @ 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM (2 Shows)
The Hedley Club Lounge
Hotel De Anza
233 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Also, available at CDBABY & I-Tunes:
Gemini Soul f/ Ajamu Akinyele – Dark Skin Babies : The Movement (2009)
Gemini Soul f/ Ajamu Akinyele - The Nefertiti Xperience (2008)
Gemini Soul f/ Ajamu Akinyele - LIVE : The Liquid Soul Tour (2007)
Gemini Soul f/ Ajamu Akinyele - Liquid Soul (2007)
Ajamu Akinyele - Black Magic : The Gold Edition (2007)
Ajamu Akinyele - Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience (2006)
Gemini Soul f/ Ajamu Akinyele - A Cyber Jazz Holiday (2005)
Ajamu Akinyele - Supernova (2005)
MARCEL - Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2 (2004)
MARCEL - Uptown : 2025 E.P. The Remixes (2004)
MARCEL - Uptown : 2025 A.D. (2003)
MARCEL - Spice The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience (2001)
MARCEL - The Diary of Marcel (1998)


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ApeQuake.com

Shines!
Gemini Soul's The Liquid Soul Tour is jazz for fans of eclectic modern jazz fused with various elements of soul, pop and strippeed - down funk. With this effort, the San Francisco quartet flexes with the best of their live shows...For the non-jazz audience, The Liquid Soul Tour offers little more than a pleasant background. In fact, the slower tracks focus so much on melody...When Gemini Soul decides to let loose and pick up the tempo (i.e. opening track, "Gypsy"), the musicians' desired groove shines. ~ www.apequake.com (December 2007)

Bruce Von Stiers

This Is One Great Jazz Fusion and Soul Album!
Groovin' Soul Live...I get quite a bit of material to review from Kari-On Productions. Even though just about all of the albums Kari sends me are good, a few really stand out. One such album is from a group known as Gemini Soul. Gemini Soul provides an eclectic mix of jazz, soul and fusion that fans just eat up..."Live : The Liquid Soul Tour" is one great jazz fusion and soul album...Gemini Soul has included the song "Fever" on this album. And I'm glad they did. There is some very, very good bass. And the piano and percussion is excellent as well..."Pandora's Boxx - 07 Remix" has some interesting fusion and alt jazz movements. Once the groove sets in, you get a toe tapping, hip swaying beat...I had never heard of Gemini Soul before receiving this album. But I am now a fan for life. Their mix of jazz, fusion and soul is not to be missed. ~ Bruce Von Stiers (www.bvsreviews.com - May 2008)

JazzReview

Gemini Soul Put Together An Album That Vibrates!
The jazz quartet Gemini Soul describes their music as cyber-jazz because of their symbiotic combination of analog sounds and electronic programming. But after listening to their latest release Live: The Liquid Soul Tour, their music is solid smooth jazz through and through with episodes of harmonizing improvisations that may remind you of the chemical conflagrations made by Under The Lake, The Rippingtons and Spyro Gyra. You fall into Gemini Soul's melodic webs immediately and may never want to leave. The band seduces you with a casual drift rolling through their rhythms and dulcet notes that are placidly corded and gently layered. The coasting motions of keyboardist Jon O'Bergh and percussionist Andrew Foster are accented by the flexing motions of bassist Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele and drummer Alex Marks. Together, they make beautiful music...One of the band's more cyber-jazz induced cocktails is the number "Ancestor's Dub" with a soul-funk bass line wrapped in striking electronica and softly sprinkled keyboard ringlets. The instrument parts are magnetically connected providing halcyon tones, seraphic verses and smooth jazz decors that surround the listener in a very relaxing and stress-free setting. You can choose any track from the album and they will all make you feel this way, putting you in a serenely muffed stratosphere. The songs have a melodic consistency which can best describe them as stress-free...The songs show an ease of freedom that comes from having a free-thinking mind and lifestyle...Gemini Soul put together an album that vibrates to
Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of having the freedom to move your body and mind where you want to take them. For Gemini Soul, they use their freedom to make beautiful music. Their latest release Live: The Liquid Soul Tour makes a nice addition to their evolving repertoire...Between you and me, Gemini Soul has the liquid fluidity of smooth jazz from note to note. ~ Susan Frances (JazzReview - December 2007)

Abyss Jazz Magazine

Awesome!
You really did an awesome job on your new CD! ~ Rachelle Bivins (ABYSS Jazz Magazine)

TheChickenFishSpeaks.com

Masters At Their Respective Instruments!
Gemini Soul is a jazz/soul band, that I swear sounds like they are straight out of the 70's. However, they are modern and masters at their respective instruments...The bass playing is smooth and graceful weaving intricate melodies with nimble key work of the keyboardist. Keeping it all together and supplying a nice smooth base is the percussionist. I really enjoyed listening to them after I had an especially hard day at work... ~ Grog Mutant (www.TheChickenFishSpeaks.com - January 2008)

All Music Guide

A New, Rootsy Yet Forward Thinking Sound!
With the release of four independently released CDs between 2005 and 2007, the Bay Area quartet quickly established a new, rootsy yet forward thinking sound that blends traditional, free spirited jazz/fusion with an electronic element called "Cyber Jazz." Their influences were obvious. Bassist Andre Ajamu Akinyele vibed on Stanley Clarke and Me'Shell Ndegeocello. Multi-faceted keyboardist Jon O'Bergh drew from the progressive funk fusion of Herbie Hancock and somewhere floating in and around the mix was the pop-funk jazz spirit of Miles Davis. This live date--a mix of hard thumping, bass driven jazz and sensual old-school Rhodes-tinged hypnotic light funk--reflected the band's typical set list that included tracks from its 2007 Liquid Soul release and other originals from Akinyele's 2006 double solo CD Black Magic: The Cyber Jazz Experience. In the midst of the melodic and trippy moodiness and traditional be-bop flavored originals like "Winter," there's the very accessible, smooth jazz oriented cover of Sade's "Hang On To Your Love" and exciting, thumping soul-jazz twists on "Fever" and "Take Five." True to its name, Gemini Soul has two faces, one steped in old school R&B, one in contemporary jazz, and that made for a fascinating listening experience for fans of either genre tired of the same old thing. ~ Jonathan Widran (All Music Guide - November 2007)

Phoenix New Times

Jazz With A Pulse!
Gemini Soul takes jazz and injects it with a heavy, rhythmic dose of funk. Bass player Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele's four-string coils itself around the steady snare percussion with a springing and throbbing reminiscent of MeShell Ndegeocello's low-end jams on softer songs like "Gypsy" and "Hang On To Your Love," while uptempo songs like "LiLi" and "Pandora's Boxx (Remix)" see the bass lines take on a Bootsy Collins-esque groove. There are hints of a classic R&B sound with a psychedelic edge, too, on "Supernova (Remix)"...The album was recorded live, giving the songs an organic feel lacking in most studio releases and provides further proof that Gemini Soul is jazz with a pulse, as opposed to a bunch of musicians giving standard songs the ol' studio-clean sheen. ~ Niki D'Andrea (Phoenix New Times - November 2007)

KRBS-LP 107.1 FM

Wow!
Thank you, thank you for Gemini Soul's "The Liquid Soul Tour" CD...Great music - I'm listening to "Take Five"...WOW! This will immediately be added to our "New Arrivals" list for our programmers for airplay. ~ Sue Few (KRBS-LP 107.1 FM Oroville, CA)

Midwest Record

Funky Jazz!
This funky jazz crew has it down right. Polished enough to be featured on a bunch of tv shows even if it seems like they are traveling under the radar, they have infectious enough grooves that you will find them irresistible. Up there with the creme of what the 70's vibe had to offer, this is a fusion crew that likes to spread the party and has an invite out for you. ~ Chris Spector (Midwest Record)

Music for America

Jazz Funk Fusion, Smooth Jazz, Pop Funk, and a Bit of Soul!
Gemini Soul knows what it takes to get the groove going, and that's just what they do on "The Liquid Soul Tour," an audio document of what they are like on stage. Fans of the electric bass will definitely love this album...In original songs like "Gypsy," "LiLi," and "Winter" Ajamu Akinyele opens himself up and just has the groove take him to all pockets, and you can imagine being in a cramped jazz club and not caring if the smoke messes up your sinuses. Ajamu Akinyele can play, and you hear how the crowd reacts when they are audibly satisfied. Perhaps you'll feel that way too! ~ John Book (www.musicforamerica.org - 10/8/07)
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