Myron McKinley to Release Debut Album “Sound Alchemist”
The “Sound Alchemist” Arrives: Neo-Soul-Jazz Keyboardist Myron McKinley’s Debut Album Out February 10
Tickets are now on sale for an album release concert the following night in Los Angeles at The Miracle Theatre
LOS ANGELES (January 30, 2023): Years in the making and after a pandemic delay and a hectic schedule serving as musical director for Earth, Wind & Fire, keyboardist Myron McKinley’s adventurous experiment in sound that blends jazz, neo soul, hip hop and funk mixed. finally expected to be released on February 10th. McKinley produced “Sound Alchemist”, his debut album arriving from Dark Elf Music which will be celebrated the following night with a concert performance at The Miracle Theater in Inglewood, CA. Tickets for the show presented by Concerts.Cafe and radio station KJAZZ are on sale now.
There’s something that feels righteous about “Sound Alchemist” falling during Black History Month. The ten-track collection is a culturally rich amalgam that reflects the diverse black music diaspora.
“’Sound Alchemist’ could not have been made without some of the Black pioneers of music who led the way with their creativity, technique, vision and style. From Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, George Duke and Miles Davis to our living legends like Herbie Hancock, there is an essence of them that I feel is reflected in this project,” says McKinley, who composed six songs for the set and also made. imaginative interpretations of material originally recorded by Drake, Sting, The Carpenters and, of course, Earth, Wind & Fire.
With a set list highlighting songs from “Sound Alchemist”, McKinley will be flanked on stage at The Miracle Theater by guitarist Tony Pulizzi, bassist Ian Martin, drummer Stacey Lamont Sydnor and EWF saxophonist Gary Bias (who performs on the album) . Several special guests are expected to perform with McKinley, including EWF’s effervescently energetic bassist Verdine White (who appears on the album) and vocalist LaVance Colley.
Last fall, a couple of music videos were released for songs from “Sound Alchemist.” McKinley’s pays tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire with a version of their R&B ballad “Imagination” and a video made from hundreds of photos taken by the keyboardist over his twenty years of performing around the world with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers. A bold mix of club dance grooves, edgy hip-hop and futuristic jazz come to life in the innovative computer-animated video for “Let’s Just Watch.” Both videos are available for viewing at https://myronmckinley.com/sound-alchemist.
When he first began work on “Sound Alchemist”, McKinley had an ambitious goal of testing the boundaries of jazz, pushing and breaking through those boundaries in an effort to fuel growth and evolution in the musical art form. to trace Among the alchemists he invited to experiment on the record are Grammy-winning saxophonist Gerald Albright, bassist Reggie Hamilton, percussionist Munyungo Jackson, guitarists Eric Walls, Morris O’Connor and Greg “G-Moe” Moore; EWF trombonist Reggie Young, and vocalists Danny McClain, Isabella Chiappini and Denaine Jones.
McKinley is a Los Angeles native trained in classical and jazz, but also credits church and hip-hop for shaping his sonic melange. He has toured with Whitney Houston, Kenny Lattimore, Stanley Clarke and En Vogue; wrote, co-wrote or produced songs for EWF, Clarke, Doc Powell, Silk, Vesta, Cherokee and Howard Hewett; and composed music for film and television scores, contributing to “Soul Food”, “Romeo Must Die”, “The Best Man”, “Think Like A Man”, “Shaft” and “The Godfather of Harlem” among others. .
Tickets are available for The Miracle in four tiers. Table seats ($202) include two signed “Sound Alchemist” CDs, two signed posters, two glasses of champagne, and two twelve-ounce packets of McKinley’s Legacy Coffee, which is an Ethiopian Misty Valley Blend (Light/Medium Roast). VIP seats ($75) include one signed CD and poster, and one twelve-ounce package of coffee. Floor seats are $55, while balcony seats are $40.
The Miracle Theater is located at 226 South Market Street in Inglewood. Tickets can be purchased at https://myronmckinley.com.
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