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Sovereign

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Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
20-10-2017
Barcode:
4055388386372
Packaging:
Digipak
Catalog Number:
WR4714
Sovereign
Sovereign

Description

Pianist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Oli Rockberger's fourth studio release, 'Sovereign' features ten, intelligently-crafted songs ­ with stories and lyrics drawn from life experiences and whose music is grounded in a love of soul, jazz, gospel and R&B.

Recorded predominantly as live-in-studio takes, Sovereign's visceral dynamic, combined with the richness of judicious overdubs, is key to the "perfect marriage" that the pianist hears in his favourite albums. From the country-blues Wurlitzer hook of 'Let's Stay Home', through the buoyant, gospel-infused outpourings of 'Burned', to the edgy, soulful groove of 'My Old Life', here are songs which explore the push-pull emotion of human relationships, alongside an ever-present sense of leaving places behind and treasuring memories.

The music for this album came together from a decision to return to his native London after sixteen years in the United States where, following successful graduation from Berklee College of Music attended as a Full Tuition Scholarship recipient, his formative New York career developed as sideman to big-name jazz instrumentalists including Randy Brecker, Will Lee (with Steve Gadd) and Nathan East, to working alongside acclaimed singer-songwriters Carly Simon, Jesse Harris and John Mayer.

Now based in the UK capital, Rockberger continues to work internationally as an in-demand sideman, with recent collaborations including Becca Stevens, Richard Spaven, Fridolijn and Louis Cole, in addition to his ongoing work with acclaimed UK songstress Laura Mvula, as a member of her touring band (keys/vocals).

Review

"Polished, inventive stuff...There's a warmth and knowingness to songs that tell of letting go and looking forward, sentiments buoyed by Rockberger's tenor vocals, deft arrangements and dexterity on a range of keyboards." -- **** Evening Standard

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Let's Stay Home
  3. My Old Life
  4. Is Anybody Out There
  5. Vertigo
  6. Right Through Me
  7. Ridiculous
  8. The Garden
  9. Burned
  10. Let Go
  11. Justify
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