Celebrated British bassist GEORGE ANDERSON leads an unusual dual musical life. He is, of course, best known for his work with smooth jazz icons Shakatak. He’s a key member of the band – on the road and in the studio. George was also instrumental in co-writing many of Shakatak’s best tunes ….most famously ‘Day by Day’ featuring Grammy award winner Al Jarreau. George was responsible too for co-writing the song ‘Perfect Smile’ which was a smooth-jazz radio play hit in the US for Shakatak in the 90’s.
George, though, also fronts his own band and under his own name he’s released three solo albums… ‘Positivity’, ‘Expressions’ and ‘George Anderson Band… From Cape Town To London’. On that latter, our man was brave enough to tackle George Duke’s ‘Brazilian Love Affair’ and Luther Vandross’ ‘Never Too Much’ while his own ‘Back In the Day’ (from ‘Expressions’ and featuring vocals from Debby Bracknell) won George loadsa friends in the modern soul community.
Mr Anderson is now all set to release a fourth solo set… ‘Body and Soul’. The lead single pairs a smooth but tough in places ‘Don’t Waste’ with a grittier ‘Gfunk’. The title of that kinda says it all! Both feature a feisty femme vocal (Mary Pearce) and blistering bass lines. Both auger well for the long player!
George Anderson’s ‘Body and Soul’ is out in March 2017 on Secret Records. There’s also a London CD launch gig on March 31st at the capital’s prestigious Hideaway Jazz Club.