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Los Angeles, CA - “This monumental project includes some of my superstar friends who are among the world’s best known artists of our time. The man known as U-Nam, is destined to become one of the most controversial musicians and his music will give you renewed desire for powered guitar. It is an honor to be the subject of this new guitar and musical star. This project sounds FANTASTIC...” - George Benson
Highly acclaimed French guitarist U-Nam (#1 Hit on the Billboard Charts in 2007) has taken on the ambitious project of creating a George Benson Tribute, acknowledged as no small task by those familiar with the Legend’s music. But according to GB himself, U-Nam is surely qualified for this undertaking. This album includes a MEGA ALL-STAR line up of artists and musicians including many of the talented performers that appeared on George Benson’s historic albums. Some of the artists on the album include but are not limited to:
George Duke, Marcus Miller, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), Phil Perry, Patrice Rushen, Paul Jackson Jr, Ronnie Foster, Andreas Oberg, Tim “TiO” Owens, Wah Wah Watson, Michael White, Dio Saucedo, and many more.
According to U-Nam, one can, “Expect the Unexpected!" as a part of the “Best, Biggest, Most Exciting and Intimidating project of his life." The album is going to follow in the footsteps of “GB" with a mix of Jazz, R'n'B, Pop, Soul and musical innovation.
The first three singles of the album “Give Me The Night”, “Love X Love” and “Shiver” have already reached Top 5 on several R’n’B and Jazz charts throughout the world.
As said and recorded by Jeff Lacey, “GB's the King, U-Nam's the Prince".
Critics sing praises about
Guitarist, Producer and Composer, U-Nam
“He is definitely a Benson fan but he has the energy that only youth can bring to the rhythms
and ideas of today’s concepts.The man known as U-Nam, is destined to become one of the most controversial musicians
and his music will give you renewed desire for powered guitar.It is an honor to be the subject of this new guitar and musical star.”
“A new star on the rise, to say the least, U-Nam, a tremendously talented jazz guitarist in the vein of… let’s say, George Benson,
Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny. Make no mistake about it; U-Nam is no carbon copy. He is definitely the boss of his guitar. Back From
The 80’s features a fresh take on 80’s hits, filled with funky memorable hooks and irresistible melodies with a head-bobbin’ groove that exposes
U-Nam’s virtuoso guitar skills and keen composition chops.” -
-Abyss Jazz Magazine-
“From polished straightforward jazz to bursts of raucous R&B,
Unanimity has it all: fans justifiably enamored with his first two CD's
won't be disappointed, and for those who've unschooled on his prowess,
U-Nam is an awe-inspiring original…”
-Melody Charles, Soultracks.com-
“U-Nam successfully mixes traditional jazz elements, ala George Benson,
with more modern, urban sounds to create a wonderful listening experience.
His many acrobatic guitar runs are soulfully sublime and an exceptional
aural treat.To stand out on an album that contains so many wonderful guitarists
is a testament to his marvelous skill.”
-Randall Parrish, JazzReview.com-
“U-Nam's upcoming album Weekend In L.A. demands the full attention of the listener.
There is no place for soft tones.
U-Nam rides with flying colors to Benson's throne.”
“Unanimity sounds, perhaps, how Benson might have had—after virtually creating the smooth jazz genre singlehandedly—
he decided to go to Paris, immerse himself in some old school '60s Motown, Stax and Atlantic soul music,
and then record an album with the results.
U-Nam isn't just a particularly attentive student of the Benson approach to guitar stylings; he also brings his own ideas to the party.”
-Jeff Winbush, All That Jazz-
“This is a totally fresh, energetic tour de force into some 80's nostalgia and tasty originals... all with a very hip musical patina.
U-Nam calls his music "Classy, Jazzy, Funky, Frenchy." I call it essential for this format right now. If you're a Smooth Jazz programmer
and you're not playing something from BACK FROM THE 80's on your station, then your programmer's license should be revoked!”
-Scott O’Brien, SmoothJazz.com-