[October 20, 2014 — The Black Flower Project, by Rod McGaha, has now climbed to #15 on the JazzWeek chart, and has been on the chart for over six weeks — See story below.]
*** News flash, September 9: Rod McGaha’s recent-released CD, The Black Flower Project has reached #21 on the JazzWeek chart, and is the “most-added” CD for the week. Congratulations, Rod! ***
Rod McGaha has released his new CD entitled ” The Black Flower Project” The project consists of original material written by Rod McGaha.
Opening with the tune The Challenge immediately showcases his frequently praised skills as a hard bop trumpeter. His group not only challenges him, but also spurs the song to the point of being out and out explosive. The CD is comprised of McGaha’s originals, but it does include a fresh and cinematic take on the classic, Here’s That Rainy Day. The vocalists Julie Lee and Dara Tucker color the outing with rich voices and sensitive phrasings on the tunes Wish I Knew and Mama Said. The title song Black Flower gives the album a Coltrane-esque, majestic, soulful beauty. And, it is an easy bet that McGaha’s lovely ballad, Lullaby is sure to make it to more than a few playlists. A contemporary branding is set for the CD with the song When I Was Growin’ Up, which features a brilliant and personal rap performance by the heralded new lyricist, OpenMic. The Black Flower Project is audible proof that Rod McGaha is intent on performing music that is vibrant, pleasing and undeniably timeless.
For more information or to purchase the CD, visit rodmcgaha.com