The Pulse of Entertainment: JString
Globally Produces New Album Release ‘...Feel Good Groove'
18, 2020) - "I was a producer first, that turned into a DJ," said James Stringfellow aka JString about who he
is. JString just released what he calls a "feel good" album titled "JString's Magical Manifestation
of the Feel Good Groove." "I've been doing this for a while. My DJing is musical. I'm a producer not a
beat-maker. What I noticed is a complete turn full circle."
What he means is the producer turned DJ is
now producing again on his new "JString's Magical Manifestation...", which is a collection of songs and remixes
produced by him that are reminiscent of the 80s and 90s music.
"Lots of people get nostalgic when old-school
music comes one," Stringfellow said. "I'm from Chicago we do House Music, which makes you feel good."
JString used technology to produce the project with musicians/artists participating from the United Kingdom, Germany,
Venezuela, and of course various parts of the U.S. The support included Stephan Kohnke on drums (U.S.); Lee Ferguson on bass
guitar (UK); Will Allen (US) and Joshua Zook (Germany) on horns; Rafael Sequera (Venezuela) and Eric Troi (US) on lead guitar,
and Yona Marie (US) on vocals. There were other featured artists from Atlanta, Tampa, Tuskegee and Los Angeles. The "JString's
Magical Manifestation..." was mastered by Larry Anthony.
"I started this project three years ago,"
he said. "I wasn't going to force anyone and not call anyone twice. That's where ‘manifestation' in the title comes
The album offers seven songs and two interludes. The first single is "All About the Good Life"
featuring Calvin BushPayne on vocals and is written by JString's wife Yolande Stringfellow.
I asked why the
80s and 90s music and he said, "It's the time I remember waking up and hearing the Commodores on the Hi-Fi and Michael
Jackson's ‘Thriller'. For me it's about the vibration of the record. I think over the years because of technology it
(music) changed. Vibration is in everything - piano, bass, kick-drum, horns. It's not for everyone, but it's for everyone." www.JStringMusic.com
Pulse of Entertainment: ‘The Solo Piano Group' Series Highlights Pianist Glen Pearson, Offers Neo-Classical Music
15, 2020) - "It's a series of projects," said producer Atron Gregory about the "Sunrise" single release
from his "The Solo Piano Group" (TNT Recordings) project. "It's a collection of musicians
I know. It's Neo-Classical...a new-age style of music."
Gregory explained that normally African-American
musicians and artists are not mentioned when referring to this style genre, but according to Atron we are present. His goal
is to highlight black musicians that play Neo-Classical and introduce the genre to a new audience. Known for helping to pioneer
Hip-Hop music as manager and producer via his TNT Recordings and Management company, Atron Gregory help launch the careers
of some of the most notable Hip-Hop artists and groups of our time, such as Tupac Shakur and MC Smooth, and one of the Jazz
world's pioneers - Stanley Clark.
"It's to commemorate all the African-American pianists," he said
about why his label decided to embrace the Neo-Classical genre. "I didn't believe it, that there were no (Neo-Classical)
labels...independent...as part of our culture."
Neo-Classical is any style of music influenced by classical
music (Mozart and Beethoven). It's about doing more with less. It's shorter than classical selections with an emphasis on
complex rhythms. It uses an array of tones that are not necessarily in harmony on acoustic instruments that provide an electronic
sound, such as with synthesizers. Atron is familiar with all types of music which has included Hip-Hop, Jazz, R&B and
Gospel. So I guess you can say Neo-Classical is where Classical music and Jazz meets.
"The Solo Piano Group"
album's single releases are "Bedtime Lullaby" by pianist Derek McKinney on March 20, 2020; "Mellow Moods"
by pianist Janice Maxine Reid on May 8th; "Sunrise" by pianist Glen Pearson on July 17th, and "Peace and Love"
by pianist Michaela Overall on August 14th.
"I live in the Bay area. He (Glen Pearson) is my Bay area connection,"
Atron said about Glen whose single was released at the time of my interview. "Bill Bell, head of music at the College
of Alameda...spawn many entertainers and when it was time for him to retire, Glen decided he was tired of touring and took
his place - he had a relationship with Professor Bell."
Professor Bill Bell was known as The Jazz Professor
and he helped mold many African-American musicians and artists into icons, such as Lou Rawls and The Supremes. Glen Pearson's
credits are just as impressive with a long history touring as pianist for the Count Basie Orchestra and scoring for the History
Channel. He was the musical director of the Boys Choir of Harlem and pianist for Regina Belle, Melba Moore, Will Downing and
Gerald Albright. His skills also landed him gigs on Broadway in shows that starred Gregory Hines, Arthur Miller and Patrick
"My first introduction into music was as tour manager. Janice (Maxine Reid) was on the tour. She
later became a teacher - Ledisi is one of her students. She teaches vocals and piano," he pointed out. "‘The
Solo Piano Group' is me introducing our community to Neo-Classical new-age music. I want to introduce musicians to opportunities
within that music genre, because it (the music) calms and sooths."
Atron Gregory's label TNT Recordings and Management was established in 1988.
It played a major role in making the music of the Hip-Hop culture a well excepted genre and lifestyle; propelling artists
to household-name status alongside Def Jam, Ruthless Records and Death Row Records. TNT Recordings and Management credits
include the works of four-time Grammy nominated Tupac Shakur; 12-time Grammy nominated/three-time Grammy winner Jazz bass
player Stanley Clark; two-time Grammy nominated Jazz pianist Rodney Franklin; American Music Award nominated N. W. A. (Niggaz
With Attitudes) on Ruthless Records, noted as pioneers of Gangsta Rap which consisted of DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy
E and MC Ren; MTV Music Video Award and Grammy Award nominated Digital Underground which was formed by Shock G, Money B and
Chop Master, and included - at one time or another - Kel Mitchell, Mack, Mystic, Saafir, DJ Fuze, and J Beats with Tupac acting
as hype-man and background vocalist, and World Class Wreckin' Cru, a group of aspiring DJs and MCs, formed by DJ Alonzo Williams
(Eve After Dark night club owner) which also featured DJ Yella and Dr. Dre, with Michel'le as featured vocalists. TNT Management
still handles Shock G of Digital Underground, Digital Underground, the catalog of Johnny "Guitar" Watson, and FGW
Productions which provides content for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros, Paramount and Disney. All of these achievements are
proof that Atron Gregory has the ability to make Neo-Classical an accepted genre by African-Americans and the African-American
musicians of the genre household names in all communities starting with the release of "The Solo Piano Group" project. www.TNT-Recordings.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS,
MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment.
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(at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: "Uplifting Minds II" Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded
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