Cameron Graves – Seven (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Cameron Graves – Seven (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:25 minutes | 748 MB | Genre: Jazz Fuison, Jazz Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Artistry Music

Pianist, composer and vocalist Cameron Graves calls the music he’s architected for his new Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group release thrash-jazz, though that only begins to tell the story. Yes, upon an initial listen, the juggernaut metal force and hardcore precision of Seven can knock you back. After all, Graves grew up in metal-rich Los Angeles, headbanging to Living Colour as a kid and, after immersing himself in jazz and classical studies for years, reigniting his love for hard rock through records by Pantera, Slipknot and his most profound metal influence, Swedish titans Meshuggah.

But listen closer to Seven, Graves’ follow-up to 2017’s Planetary Prince (which Pitchfork called a “rousing debut”). “Los Angeles is a melting pot of everything,” Graves points out. His father, Carl Graves, was a great soul singer, and you can hear his imprint along with the likes of Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding, on “Eternal Paradise,” which marks the younger Graves’ vocal debut. Throughout the album, the generation of 1970s jazz-rock fusion pioneers is a source of inspiration. “Our mission is to continue that legacy of advanced music that was started by bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Return to Forever,” Graves says. “That was instilled in us by the masters. Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock—these guys sat with us and told us, ‘Look, man, you’ve got to carry this on.’”

The “us” that Graves refers to would include the core quartet on Seven, as well as the West Coast Get Down, the now well-known expansive yet fraternal clique of high school friends who became some of the most influential jazz-rooted musicians to emerge in recent decades and played on Graves’ debut Planetary Prince: saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who guests on two of Graves’ 11 new tracks on Seven; bassists Thundercat and Miles Mosley; drummers Ronald Bruner Jr. and Tony Austin; and others. Growing up, the West Coast Get Down absorbed the spiritual jazz of John Coltrane, the daring hip-hop experimentalism of J Dilla and the rap and pop of the day, and all of those touchstones resonate throughout Seven. Early on, Graves’ jazz-obsessed pals would scoff at the pianist’s taste for heavy music, but not for long. “I brought Meshuggah to the game, and you can’t talk smack on Meshuggah. They are supreme musicians,” Graves says, chuckling. “It became legit after that amongst the L.A. scene.”


1. Cameron Graves – Sacred Spheres
2. Cameron Graves – Paradise Trinity
3. Cameron Graves – Sons of Creation
4. Cameron Graves – Seven
5. Cameron Graves – The Life Carriers
6. Cameron Graves – Super Universes
7. Cameron Graves – Red
8. Cameron Graves – Fairytales
9. Cameron Graves – Master Spirits
10. Cameron Graves – Mansion Worlds
11. Cameron Graves – Eternal Paradise