Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam (PGS), the celebrated Jazz Rock Latin fusion band with a NYC groove, is thrilled to announce the release of their seventh studio album, PGS 7, on June 28th. Full of the soulful sounds, joyous energy and diversity that have made PGS beloved by fans the world over, PGS 7 features 12 new songs written and arranged by Miller – the group’s mastermind, bassist, and composer.
PGS 7 kicks off with the sassy, sax-drenched rocker, “Yeah Yeah,” a song that highlights the PGS knack for making a song sound fresh and unique even as they imbue it with a classic vibe that makes it fit like a well-worn pair of jeans.
A trio of songs marks the first time that Miller has penned political protest/message songs like those which were common in the 1960s. The album’s first single, “Redemption Road,” was written by Miller in response to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s simple storytelling at its finest, offering a powerful-yet-upbeat take on the power of self-recognition and the journey of creating self-change after admitting one’s mistakes. “Get Out!”, the album’s second single, keeps the energy turned up to electric levels with its brooding and powerful lyrics that are directed at the highest levels of our government and which serve as a call to action to everyone listening. The album’s bonus track, “Tree of Life,” is a spare, haunting anti-gun violence song written by Miller in the immediate aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting last fall. Miller felt compelled to use his music to speak his moral and political truth in an era that he believes suffers from a lack of artists expressing their views on the crucial issues of the day.
Miller’s “reimagining” of “The ‘In’ Crowd” offers an innovative take on the 1965 Dobie Gray classic. Meanwhile, “I Don’t Know Why” launches with an intensity that makes it impossible to avoid being entranced into toe-tapping and swaying along with the rhythm. The album’s final official track, “Funk Latino,” continues the spell with intoxicating sax-driven Latin rhythms.
PGS 7 continues the group’s tradition of weaving together various genres of music with such sophisticated artistry that their sound appeals to a wide audience – from Baby Boomers to Millennials and from jazz to rock and roll.
Project Grand Slam brings together a group of phenomenally talented musicians that include vocalist Ziarra Washington, guitarist Tristan Clark, saxophonist Mario Castro, keyboard player Baden Goyo, percussionist Guillermo Barron Rios, and Joel E. Mateo on drums. Meanwhile, Miller plays bass as well as writes and arranges all of the band’s material. In addition to his stunning original compositions, one of Miller’s musical signatures is to “reimagine” classics such as The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” The Who’s “I Can’t Explain,” Cream’s “I’m So Glad,” and “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix.
The band has toured and played for audiences all over the world, including their earth-shaking concert for 10,000+ screaming fans at the 2018 Nisville Jazz Festival that became PGS’s first live album, Greetings from Serbia, released this past January. They’ve also performed alongside artists such as Blues Traveler, Edgar Winter, YES, Boney James, and Mindi Abair.
After hitting number one on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart with 2018’s Trippin’ and racking up over one million video views, PGS is looking forward to stirring up a few bodies and souls with the funk-filled fusion of PGS 7.
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