Zo! on DC 89.3FM WPFW – Soul Conversations Radio (March 24, 2017)

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Had the pleasure of stopping by WPFW last night an participating in a “Soul Conversation” …and to be honest, it turned out to be one of my favorite interviews in a long time. I’m sure if there was no time limit, we would probably STILL be conversing now. You can listen to it in full HERE …or by pressing ‘play’ below.

2016 In Pictures

What a year. Thank y’all…

‘SkyBreak’ Documentary OFFICIAL Trailer

I’m so very proud to be able to present this to y’all. After talking about and posting some of the teasers over the last month or so, here is the official trailer for my upcoming SkyBreak Documentary.

Film by Digital Café
Documentary Website

Visuals from Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Bethesda, MD – (08.11.16)

 

Visuals from…

Zo!
Carmen Rodgers
at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Bethesda, MD
August 11, 2016

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Ladarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Saxophone
Buddy Brown– Drums
Kamau Inaede – Bass
Robbie McDonald – Guitar
Leroy “Boogie” Grier – Percussion

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Visuals from Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Houston – (08.06.16)

Visuals from…

Zo!
Carmen Rodgers
at The 26th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival
in The Ballroom in WareHouse Live
Houston, TX
August 6, 2016

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Ladarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Saxophone
Gary Mayes – Drums
Kamau Inaede – Bass
Kristopher Crosby – Keys

Photos by LaTroya Brooks for selfless images + design

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‘SkyBreak’ Review by AllMusic.com (4.5/5)

Review by Andy Kellman
Source: AllMusic.com

SkyBreak followed ManMade by almost exactly three years. During the intervening period, Lorenzo Ferguson assisted in the making of two Foreign Exchange albums, served as that group’s musical director, and contributed to releases from the 1978ers, Talib Kweli, Sy Smith, and fellow Detroit nativesJamall Bufford and Collective Peace. As on ManMade and the preceding SunStorm, the multi-instrumentalist works tightly with production and songwriting partner Phonte, who is among nine featured vocalists. Most of them are familiar to FE-related sessions and are also credited as composers, fitting into the album’s scheme — uplifted views of flings, falling in, out, and back in love — without lending it a muddled mixtape quality. Likewise, Ferguson and company continue to evangelize, with a modern perspective, late-’70s to early-’80s sophisticated funk and soul. Even with its pair of Phonte rap verses, including a slightly lewd smash-and-grab job pulled on “I Don’t Mind,” the album has much more in common with Rufus & Chaka‘s Masterjam or an Earth, Wind & Fire satellite project than it does with any given post-1983 commercial R&B recording. A couple voices previously unheard on a Zo!release arrive consecutively during the second, superior half. Undersung veteran Joi Gilliam lures on the frisky “Just Whatcha Like,” trailed by “Lifelines,” on which U.K. up-and-comer Dornik sings of romantic salvation with a DeBarge-like hushed sweetness. Another detail that separates this from previous Zo! output is the bounty of burbling synthesizers. As prominent as the thick bass guitar lines, they reinforce several songs. They’re deployed to most pleasurable effect on the Muhsinah-led “Packing for Chicago,” where Ferguson‘s keyboard makes Stevie Wonder-type low-end streaks that swim through steady percussion reminiscent of Herbie Hancock‘s similarly expectant “Come Running to Me.” Filled out with an instrumental dedication to Ferguson‘s father, who passed away during the album’s creation, SkyBreak is another step forward. Ferguson doesn’t allow his expanding knowledge and ability to overshadow his personal touch.

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‘SkyBreak’ Documentary Trailer #1 – “…SkyBreak is coming, though”

We had some fun with this one, breaking down some of the Zo! & Tigallo Love The 80’s album  answering  the question…
“When is the 90’s (or 80’s part 2) album coming?”

Zo! – SkyBreak
…arriving on May 20th, 2016 via +FE Music

Zo! – SkyBreak Documentary
by Phokus Films & Digital Cafe
Coming soon

 

Visuals from Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Houston – (04.08.16)

Visuals from…

Zo!
Carmen Rodgers
at The Studio in WareHouse Live in Houston, TX
April 8, 2016

Personnel:
Zo! – Choir Direction
Carmen Rodgers – Lead Saingin’
Gary Mayes – The Clear Kit with Lights
Nick McNack – The Low End Theory

Photos by LeTony W. Hadnot Jr.

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NEW VIDEO: “California Love – A Triptych” starring Sy Smith, Carmen Rodgers & Zo!

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In the spring of 2015, Zo!, Carmen Rodgers and Sy Smith came together as an underground soul power trio, playing live shows on the west coast for a stint they called the “California Love Tour”. Director Shawn Carter Peterson filmed the Los Angeles performance and created a beautiful long play video/short film, capturing the trio’s musical mastery and camaraderie in this presentation of three captivating singles from the show. Sy playfully flaunts her quick-paced scatting chops on “Personal Paradise”, Carmen drips with honey-coated cooing on “It’s Me”, and Zo! shows off his piano virtuosity with “Flight Of The Blackbyrd”. The acoustic set exhibits a beautiful simplicity of instrumentation; just piano (Zo!), upright bass (Maurice Ellis) and drums (Stacey Lamont Sydnor) which makes plenty of sonic room to experience the tunes stripped all the way down. And just like the human form, these tunes are even better naked.

2015 in Pictures