Dwayne Kerr | Higher Calling

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Higher Calling

by Dwayne Kerr

A musical venture combining neo soul, funk,r&b with smooth jazz. A heavy dose of groove with a pinch of the unexpected spicey, sweet flavor that only the flute can deliver. Guest appearences by Erykah Badu and Kirk Whalum.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Ain't No Sunshine
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2. Smooth
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3. The H-factor
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4. Daughters
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5. Yeah
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6. Being With You
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7. Chillin'
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8. Higher Calling
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9. Keep It Right There
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10. Daughters (unplugged)
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11. Chameleon (beatbox Style)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Flutist Dwayne Kerr
Biography



His masterful mix of sounds and grooves is the memorable variable that makes flutist Dwayne Kerr, of the Erykah Badu Band (Neda Stela), a rising figure in contemporary music today. Playing an instrument that traditionally has been heard more often than seen, Kerr has put the flute up front on display with his unique playing style in his debut CD, Flutation, which was released on DManns Records in January 2003. His latest CD, Higher Calling, is a maturation of an artist that has evolved over several years in both the live setting and in the studio.
Kerr was hired to play as a band member for Grammy Award-winning Erykah Badu in 1998. While touring with Erykah, Dwayne has played in Africa, Italy, Japan, throughout Europe and Scandinavia, on the all-female artists Lilith Fair Tour and television appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, MTV’s Real World, The Oprah Show, Live! With Regis and BET Live.
While touring and recording with Erykah Badu for the past several years, Dwayne added his sound to recordings including Ms. Badu’s version of the Chaka Khan hit, “Hollywood,” which is on the soundtrack/CD to the Spike Lee movie, Bamboozled, on Motown Records and Erykah’s song, “Today,” which is on the Red Star Sounds compilation CD on Epic Records. Kerr played on Erykah’s latest CD, Worldwide Underground, and her previous CD, Mama’s Gun, on Motown Records.
Raised and still residing on Long Island, New York, Kerr attended New York colleges Nassau Community College, SUNY-Stony Brook and SUNY-Old Westbury, where he was trained classically and in jazz. Kerr is a brilliant flutist who is moving the flute into other genres of music not often explored. Connecting with the audience both in a live setting and on recordings is a trait well-respected by others in the industry. “I've seen Dwayne inspire many people all over the world with his sound,” said RC Williams, Producer/co-songwriter Higher Calling and Producer/Songwriter/MD for Erykah Badu.
A by-product of his ascending career, Kerr signed a deal with AKG Acoustics in 2001 to endorse an AKG wireless headset system. When not touring with Ms. Badu, Kerr is active in his venture as a solo artist, most notable having performed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the Jazz & Broadway Concert at the United Nations and at halftime of several National Basketball Association games. Dwayne has performed on shows with or opened shows for Erykah Badu, Regina Belle, Roy Hargrove, Marion Meadows, Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Rubin and other noted artists.
“As I watch my friend in amazement,” Erykah said of Dwayne, “the high tones and the trills become part of me, helping me to grow on stage. I don’t know which is sweeter, his tone or his soul.”
His latest release, which features a stellar cast to include Erykah, Kirk Whalum and more, is indeed a new chapter in the life of this astounding artist. The making of the project was an organic process that evolved into a musical diary of the musicians involved.
Jeff Feinstein, producer & keys, said, “I think I could write a novel on my experiences with Dwayne and "the cast" of Higher Calling. The most important chapter would be on how much your work can intertwine with life, love and believing in yourself. To me, working on the project represented strong earthly proof of why not to give up on my dreams and God...no matter what.”
 
Other artists involved on the project were touched as well. “I never realized though what would transpire throughout the recording of the tracks on Higher Calling…[It] means much more than guitar tracks, producing songs and expressing myself thru my blessing, guitar, on a disc,” said Daryl Grone, guitarist.


“Higher Calling represents so much more to me than being my sophomore project. It's about growth as an individual as well as spiritually. Seeing the two merged and expressed through my music, touching people beyond the exterior of what's heard but what's felt when you are truly moved by the music. Higher Calling isn't another Flute CD - it's about an artist who's expressing himself who happens to be a Flutist! One of my music teachers once told me (Doctor Makanda Ken McIntyre), “You are the instrument, the horn/vocal or whatever you’re playing is just an extension of that which emanates from you. The art is in the translation making the two, one voice. Welcome to Higher Calling!!!” – Dwayne Kerr


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Tim Watson www.timwatsonmusic.com

Great Ride!
From the opening 'funk' of Dmanns perspective of Sunshine to the clever 'chilled' flow of Daughters unplugged, not a nuance went unchecked!
Man I knew you'd be back with something serious, good work!
T.

Charles K. Sells

Higher Calling
Higher Calling is fantastic and is destined to put Dwayne Kerr in the spotlight.Starting with the first cut,Ain't No Sunshine, this CD is intriguing how it capture your attention all the way through to the last cut,Chameleon.It is truly a refreshing funking jazz sound from the flute.

Sandy Shore

SmoothJazz.com
Where shall I start as I share my enthusiasm for this sophomore release from one of the most talented flutists in Smooth Jazz today? I think I’ll begin by saying that Dwayne Kerr has been playing flute in Erykah Badu’s band since 1998. Ms. Badu says this: “As I watch my friend in amazement, the high tones and trills become part of me, helping me to grow onstage. I don’t know which is sweeter, his tone or his soul.” After listening to this album and researching Dwayne’s background and temperament, I can appreciate her dilemma. HIGHER CALLING (Biblically inspired) is absolutely captivating, by design. Mr. Kerr’s created a project that’s mostly mid to up tempo, with feel-good vibes and catchy melodies that, as he puts it, “you would whistle or hum to yourself.” Highlights include the first radio hit, a fresh and stunning read on Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” with Erykah guesting on wordless vocals. Then there’s the rich and captivating “Being with You,” featuring beautiful interplay between his flute and his friend Kirk Whalum’s tenor sax; and “Chillin’,” featuring the virtuoso guitar work of Matt Marshak. I also really like both the full and unplugged versions of the John Mayer hit “Daughters.” There are those rare occasions when all the elements of an album project come together so beautifully that the finished ‘whole’ is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Such is absolutely the case with Dwayne Kerr’s HIGHER CALLING. I give it my highest recommendation! ~SCOTT O'BRIEN

L. Thompson

Higher Calling
Your music is a refreshing break from what can become so monotonous in smooth jazz. Thank you for being authentic and allowing the Eternal to use you as an instrument of Divine healing.

Gwen Branch

Higher Calling
I heard you for the first time through the East End Arts Council website. I was sold. I missed your appearance at the "Jazz on the Vine", so I went to your website and brought both of your albumns. Both are great additions to my favorite jazz albums. I can't wait to get your next album.

GARY TANN/WHCR

"MASTERPIECE" 4 YOUR EAR
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION FOR THOSE WHO REALLY DON'T HAVE THIS GEM OF A CD IN THEIR COLLECTION, DWAYNE GIVES YOU HIS BEST WITH MORE FOR YOUR EAR TO BARGAIN 4 WITH THESE NEW COMPOSITION'S.BLESS YOUR MUSICAL DEXTERITY.

TRACY TURNER

HIGHER CALLING
THIS CD IS OFF THE CHAIN.....DEEPLY SOULFUL, POLISHED....ON POINT...DWAYNE HAS OUT DONE HIS FIRST CD......A VERY INTIMATE ALBUM...FOR GROWN FOLKS ONLY!!!!

Joe Ransom

Higher Calling
From a jazz listener and collector this CD is a breath of fresh air in today's music world.Keep up the good work and keep them coming.Can't wait to hear what the next outing will be. And thanks to my good brother Charles Sells for turning me on to a Higher Calling.
J.R.

radiojazzplus.com

Bravo!!!
So funky...sooo jazzy...As we all love it. This CD is a gem!! 1000 x merci.

"Upper Room with Joe Kelley and Gi Dussault" radio

Amazing musicianship...A Must Have
Our radio shows take it up higher whenever Dwayne Kerr is heard. "Higher Calling" continues the amazing musicianship that he possesses. He brings funk, jazz and soul to the party and everyone is invited.
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