THE LONG AWAITED RELEASE OF DreamZzz, THE ARTISTIC STATEMENT AND SOPHOMORE STUDIO RECORD OF PHILIP LASSITER (CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH PRINCE) IS ANNOUNCED BY GROUND UP RECORDS TO DROP JUNE 10TH.
When you tour the world with Prince, yes THAT Prince, the eyes and ears of said world are upon you. However, this is nothing new for Philip Lassiter, who has been playing on, arranging, and producing records for some of the entertainment industry’s biggest artists for over a decade (Prince, Kelly Rowland, Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton, Kirk Franklin, and many more). This means that an opportunity to hear his own, unfiltered musical opinions, is a highly anticipated event. Fans and curious by-standers can seize this opportunity on iTunes/PhilipLassiter and Bandcamp/PhilipLassiter, June 10th, 2014. This is the first studio record to be released by Lassiter since signing with GroundUp Records (an imprint of RopeADope Records).
When Philip Lassiter signed to GroundUp Records in early 2014, plans immediately were drafted to release the material Lassiter had been working on for the last 6 years. The record is a testament to his incredible talent and the talent surrounding him, which includes Mike Stern, Tommy Sims, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Jeff Coffin, Bernard Wright, and Mark & Joey Kibble, to name a few. The masterful ear of Grammy winning mixing and recording engineer James Waddell, has beautifully extracted and highlighted each of these mega-talents’ contributions to the project with finishing touches to the record that will undoubtedly lead to another nomination for the highly sought after mixer/ engineer. It is becoming clear that this record will serve as an influence for jazz and soul musicians for many years to come.
When DreamZzz is released digitally on June 10th, 2014, it will be held enclosed in a replications of a beautiful hand-painted masterpiece by Jessica Volpe, which will be revealed as the cover on the day of the release. The artistry of the Volpe album cover is the only fitting wardrobe for what portends to be an industry bell-weather for Contemporary Jazz. DreamZzz is the follow-up to Lassiter’s successful freshman record, PHILTHY. For more info on Philip Lassiter, including his discography, video tour footage, complete biography and more, please visit philiplassiter.com. All media and press inquiries may be directed to Tatia Rose, contact listed above.
2014 has already been a great year for Philip Lassiter. Jan 1st, he appeared with Prince (who he tours with regularly) at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. This was promptly followed by a live performance with Nashville darling Clare Bowen on The View, and then later with Liv Warfield, on Jimmy Fallon. With European dates forming for the Summer, the news of a record deal and a spring release for the new album, was perfect timing. The first major movement coming from the deal with GROUNDUP, is the re-release of Philip Lassiter’s debut album “PHILTHY”, which will go on sale February 18th.
GROUNDUP is the perfect home for Philip Lassiter’s music, since they are also the home of Snarky Puppy, who recently won a Grammy for a song feat. Lalah Hathaway. Snarky Puppy leader Michael League is also featured on the “PHILTHY” record, as are many of the band’s members. Michael is also the President of GROUNDUP and had this to say about the company’s initiative, “The label is being set up as an oasis for artists in the ever-changing world of independent music. Our goals are to keep music business away from the music, empower each artist with the tools they need to successfully tour and sell records on the road, and match each group with their ideal listening audience.” GROUNDUP is an imprint of ROPEADOPE RECORDS.
The “PHILTHY” re-release is an opportunity for fans and listeners to enjoy the incredible talent featured on the record. Tommy Sims, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Michael League, Bernard Wright, Bobby Sparks, and Robert Seawright are just a few of the amazing artists that lent their talent to “PHILTHY”.
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