The Soul Of John Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 2000s


This US band is designed to present the writing and performing skills of two musicians, John Bigham (USA; percussion), who worked with Miles Davis in the late 80s and early 90s, and Christopher Thomas (b. USA; bass). Exemplified by a propulsive swing, the old school funk songs are mostly soulful and simple in construction but played with considerable technical skill. Very much a personal project, the two principals augmented their line-up for their debut CD, released in 2003. Oliver Charles (drums), Keith ‘Keefus’ Ciancia (keyboard), and Tracy Wanname (saxophone), were among a number of additional instrumentalists and vocalists featured on the album. Although Bigham and Thomas have sought and found an individual sound and style, there are hints that their listening over the years has absorbed the music of many artists from the more soulful end of the pop rock spectrum.

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