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Heads Up recently released Mr. Veasley’s 6th solo album for the label, Velvet, featuring music that evokes the sound and spirit of those formative years when innovators like Sly & the Family Stone, Earth Wind and Fire and George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic turned the traditions of R&B and soul on their head and redefined the urban sound. Velvet features guest vocals from Jaguar Wright, Will Brock and John Stephens.
"From the first notes of Velvet, Gerald Veasley lays down a groove that’s hard to resist. His fat tone and funky swing allow him to explore territory that, in lesser hands, would be relegated to the netherworld where atmosphere and licks reign supreme over imagination and melody." Hailed Jazziz Magazine.
Mr. Veasley is also featured on Heads Up’s recent critically acclaimed recording of Jaco Pastorius' Big Band Word of Mouth Revisited where the bass virtuoso paid homage to the late great master.