Brace yourselves jazz fans – the newest and most soul-moving contemporary jazz group has hit the scene. The John Raymond Project, led by trumpeter John Raymond, is already stirring excitement and emotion in their audience’s hearts.
The John Raymond Project, a soul collective combining explosive energy and lyrical eloquence, goes beyond the boundaries of traditional and produces a fresh and genuine concept of jazz. Rooted in the intimate personal connection of the group members and the passionate artistry that each possess, The John Raymond Project creates an atmosphere that is exhilarating and free in the expression of soul. Their music blends the serene and spiritual with the scintillating, featuring profoundly beautiful original compositions that represent aspects of truth, love, justice, and real life - authenticity at its best.
Having played alongside countless world-renown musicians, the members of The John Raymond Project are clearly mature and experienced. They have played with such artists as Trey Anastasio, Cyro Baptista, Jerry Bergonzi, David Berkman, Randy Brecker, Les Claypool, Wycliffe Gordon, Brian Grivna, Roy Hargrove, Geoffrey Keezer, Dave Mancini, Ted Nash, Dick Oates, Nicholas Payton, Maria Schneider, Wayne Senior, Jim Snidero, Byron Stripling, and such groups as Widespread Panic, The Black Crows, and The Big Wu.
Featuring all original compositions, there is something special in this CD, Raymond says, in that it speaks a trueness to people that is hard to come by. “We play from the heart, there’s no getting around it,” Raymond says. “This group can’t just play music for the sake of playing. What we say through our instruments represents everything of who we are and what we live for.” Collectively, the group radiates a true and genuine spirit to its audiences, and it is impossible not to be captivated by their energy and passion.
"When we go out to our favorite restaurant, we all tend to order the same dish. It's good; but we rarely take a chance on something new. The same pattern holds true with music. Next time you're out listening to live music, take a chance on the JRP. You'll like what you hear; and you may never order that old dish again."
-Kelly Rossum, Twin Cities recording artist and educator