“ “Duffmusiq is one of the most pleasant and interesting guitarists in Smooth Jazz at the moment, capable of offering pages of refined elegant and light spirited music, but also with a high level of phrasing that brings us back to the best days of 20th Century Guitar” ”
International guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and award-winning producer, “Duffmusiq” is poised to release his much-anticipated debut solo album, Soulleash, this coming Spring 2017. For this dynamic new recording, Duffmusiq has produced music imbedded with his trademark smooth, vintage and authentic soul and rhythm and blues motifs. The CD also features dynamic jazz melodies as well as infectious musical themes that have been inspired by Duffmusiq’s everyday experiences. For this project, Duffmusiq has assembled a cast that includes some of the most sought after international musicians. “I had the idea of doing the album ‘Santana-style’ by having different guest musicians on every track, and also incorporating small vocal parts here and there, so that it’s not an entirely instrumental album.”, Duffmusiq explains.
On Soulleash, Duffmusiq wears several hats – not only acting as producer, but also mixing the recording and performing on guitar, keyboards, saxophone and bass. Alex Sekulovski (a fine musician who was voted “Best Drummer” by both the Pop Rock Festival and BT Fest in Macedonia), keeps that beat throughout. Also collaborating on Soulleash are highly-regarded guest musicians including Miki Petkovski (Martin Levan, Alannah Miles) on piano, Roger Williams (Jully Black, Shakura S’Aida) on acoustic bass, Serbian icon Vasil Hadzimanov on piano, Sam Heineman & Anthony Brancati on keyboards and Hammond B3, thrilling Cuban musician/composer, Alexis Baro (The Buena Vista Social Club, Hilario Duran, Nikki Yanovsky, David Foster, Paquito D'Riviera) on trumpet and Gyles Natalie (Glen Lewis, Jully Black), Quisha Wint (Snow, Jacksoul, Maestro) and Wade O. Brown (Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones and Clark Sisters) on vocals. Additional guest musicians on Soulleash include Connor Walsh on acoustic bass, Ran Caspi, Rob Brown, Milosh Angelov and Yash Presswalla on electric bass, Gilad Jacobson, Dimitar Bodurov and Anthony Brancati on keyboards, Geoff Bornes on alto sax and Christine Hamiton, Jin Brown and Jeff Eager on vocals.