Featuring four original songs, The Pressure is my first attempt at sharing the music I have heard in my head for the last forty years. As I took breaks between revisions of my book, The Considered lIfe,I indulged in marathon music listening sessions in order to clear my brain, playing records by all the musicians I love, from George Duke and Herbie Hancock to D'Angelo and Robert Glasper among others.
Inspired, I always ended up at the piano myself, where some of those beautiful love stories between jazz and R&B had stuck. Steeped in these melodies and singing about the many ways we humans too often succumb to the influences of others, The Pressure takes after the themes explored in The Considered Life and travels further, attempting to touch something that which mere words printed on a page cannot. It is the beginning of an ode to independence, one I hope you'll enjoy.
Recorded in Paris at the illustrious Studio Gang, the home of Daft Punk's favorite vintage analog sound board, The Pressure is performed by an eight-piece, international band put together especially for the occasion by my childhood friend Stephane "Pit" Le Navelan, who became one of the most talented arrangers and keyboardists I know, and whom I asked to co-produce the album with me.
The Pressure was then shipped to New York's Sterling Sound for mixing by the incomparable Mr. Tom Coyne, who did sonic wonders for D'Angelo's Voodoo and Beyoncé's, well, Beyoncé, and who gave our tracks the extra boost needed to sound crisp whether you are listening on your expensive stereo system or your iPhone earbuds.
I am so proud of the result, I hope you enjoy it too!