Neal Bang on LP + Download w/ Bonus Track
As a member of the iconic trio Soulive, Neal has recorded albums for legendary labels Blue Note and Stax, shared the studio with Chaka Khan, Talib Kweli and John Scofield. He’s toured the world from end to end, playing shows in Japan, Brazil, Ghana and Russia, opened for The Rolling Stones and has been joined on stage by Stevie Wonder. Alongside bandmates Eric Krasno and brother Alan, Neal has even had a day named for him, as the mayor of Buffalo, NY officially proclaimed July 9th Soulive Day.
Most recently, however, Neal’s career has begun its newest, and possibly its most exciting chapter to date. Leaving behind the collaborative essence of Soulive, Neal retreated into the recording studio, alone. The result is Bang!, an album that refuses to forego the breakbeat backbone of Neal’s past projects, but still ventures beyond anything he’s ever done before.
“There’s great freedom in a solo record. But with Bang! it’s more than having the ability to dictate the sound; it’s about the ability to focus on the structure, the exactness of the sound I’m trying to communicate.” Neal continues: “I always want to prove something with music, whether I’m playing live or creating in a studio. There’s a vulnerability that comes with a solo project, being so exposed, and that’s an important part of this project. It’s definitely an emotion that exists within the music.”
Whether this latest chapter of Neal’s marks a new beginning or simply a parallel storyline, the fact remains that his story is one worth following. And if you’re new to Neal, well, maybe it’s best that you start with a Bang!
Neal Bang Track Listing:
4. Is That It
6. Shake Down
7. Odds Against
8. High Noon
9. In Your Dream
10. Café Rider
11. Afro Sheen