Widely known as one of today’s top jazz drummers, Griffin has toured and recorded with a long list of legendary musicians including Michael Jackson, Bette Midler, Kenny G, Michael Bolton, and Anita Baker.
Now, making his own mark, Rebirth of The Cool contains nine original tracks featuring guest appearances by more of his legendary cohorts Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, and Dwight Sills, to name a few. The music is best described as "Neo-classic" radio-friendly jazz, with commercial appeal that spans the contemporary and smooth jazz markets. It is an innovative return to solid grooving old-school jazz with inventive musical artistry and strong performances all captured in a live studio setting. For additional information, go to JazzReview.com .
Rebirth of The Cool has been released worldwide through Lightyear Entertainment, the New York based music and video label and label group distributed in the U.S. by WEA. Following the successful U.S. WEA Distribution release in July 2003, the album is now scheduled for release in Canada by Koch, Japan by JVC, Germany by inakustik, the UK by Revolver, and in Spain by Maui Music. Additional international releases will be forthcoming.
Lightyear Entertainment President and CEO Arnie Holland, who served with both Capitol and RCA prior to Lightyear’s establishment in 1987, said: "Rayford has a distinctive, percussive attack on the drums that immediately impresses you. This album goes way beyond his musicianship he has composed, arranged, produced and shows off his talent as a singer on this album, and the result is an extraordinary and memorable CD that made me sit up straight and smile the first time I heard it."
Myron Bernard, General Manager, RazorEdge Records and Griffin’s manager added, "Rayford is a seasoned musician with a proven track record. This debut release demonstrates the diversity needed in this emerging marketplace to impact a wide range of jazz formats from traditional to contemporary smooth jazz. Rayford is a talent who has garnered respect from his contemporizes as well as an enthusiastic growing fan base around the country. I embraced his music from day one and we believe the listeners will do the same."
RazorEdge Records, a division of Griffco Entertainment, Inc., was created and developed in August 2002 by world-class drummer Rayford Griffin and Grammy-nominated producer/arranger Reginald Griffin. Combined, the founders of the label have over 40 years of professional experience in the music industry as composers, arrangers, producers, musicians, and artists. The label’s goal is to produce and sell quality contemporary jazz and R&B recordings, utilizing the talents of musicians, singers, writers and arrangers in a predominantly live studio recording setting. The label’s target demographic includes the adult contemporary, R&B, jazz and smooth jazz consumer.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: A limited number of copies are available for reviewing purposes only, to request a copy of Rebirth of The Cool, arrange for an interview with Rayford Griffin or for additional information, please contact Regina Davis at 626/356-1300 or via email: Regina Davis.