Oscar Jordan is set to release his highly anticipated new album Eclectic Soul (Big Oscar Music) on Thursday July 1st. Recorded and mixed at Grandma's Warehouse in Los Angeles, this release finds Oscar Jordan drawing from his well of musical influences to create a fresh and varied collection of original compositions. While his connection to the blues is still evident, Jordan adds to the mix other ingredients such as funk, rock, Latin, gospel, r&b, and jazz, weaving a diverse tapestry of solid material. Eclectic Soul is Oscar Jordan's first new release since 2001's critically acclaimed Mister Bad Luck.
"Mister Bad Luck was a wonderful recording covering many facets of the blues. I'm very proud of it, but blues is only a piece of the pie," said Oscar Jordan. "Who grows up with a strict diet of blues? When I began compiling songs for Eclectic Soul it seemed like a bunch of great songs that should be on different albums. I later realized that it was because contemporary albums are so genre specific. On a heavy rock album you get heavy rock, on a blues album you get blues. Eclectic Soul is a throw back to rock albums of the 60's and 70's. Those albums had stylistic leaps from song to song. Bands like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Traffic, gave us a wider musical picture. You heard the heaviest rock song, an acoustic composition, and after that blues. Eclectic Soul is an honest musical creation. It's not about labels and name tags. Just good music."
The release of Eclectic Soul begins a new chapter for Oscar Jordan. With a wider musical scope and vision, this new release spotlights top-flight songwriting and raw energy. Produced by Phil Bloch (Solomon Burke, Terry Evans, Ry Cooder) and engineered by Andrew Bush, the album's 12 tracks feature the singles "Never Been Hurt" and "Like a Lover Should." Eclectic Soul has the passion of Dave Matthews, and the fire of Lenny Kravitz, with a richly unique voice that's says Oscar Jordan.
The Mighty Sons of Hercules are: Oscar Jordan, songwriter, guitars, vocals; Randal Yamamoto, bass; Alex Lane, keyboards; and Nick Karvon, drums. Guest vocalists include Terry Evans and Karen Dilworth. Guitarist/Songwriter T.J. Sullivan co-authors three songs and contributes Dobro and Mandolin.