Bassist, composer and band leader Christian de Mesones delivers They Call Me Big New York, an impassioned collection of Latin, Funk, Soul and Rhythm & Blues-infused original Smooth Jazz compositions that will satisfy the most discerning music lover. More than 25 national and international recording artists joined Christian to propel this creative juggernaut. This deluxe CD includes a full color, 8-page booklet containing photos, personal messages from Christian, and liner notes by Doc Hardy, host of Jazz and Soul on Ice, WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT. For a limited time, CDs ordered from this site only will be accompanied by a FREE digital download of the album and an autograph from Christian (personalized to the purchaser unless otherwise specified in the notes during purchase).
Watch Christian de Mesones perform his latest single “Throb!” live at the 2nd Street Festival in Richmond, Virginia on October 5, 2019. With Eddie Baccus Jr., Keith L. Anderson, Tony Anderson, Craig Alston, Vince Evans, Mike Gamble, Carl Anderson, Sheila Shabazz, and Nia Simmons.
Christian “Big New York” de Mesones has been playing bass guitar for over 40 years. He was only 18 years old when he graduated from the world famous Bass Institute of Technology (now the Musician’s Institute) in Hollywood, California where he had the opportunity to study and workshop with greats such as Abe Laboriel, Louis Johnson, Tim Bogart, Howard Alden, Steve Morse, Pat Metheny, and the late Tommy Tedesco and Ray Brown. By personal request from visiting guitar faculty member and legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, he performed an original composition for his graduation ceremony.
Christian has been part of several musical groups all over the country, including bands out of Hawaii, Hollywood, New York City, and Richmond, Virginia, and has performed a wide variety of musical styles.
Coming full circle, Christian has returned to his roots, focusing on the deeply personal Latin, funk, and rock influences that shaped his love for musical composition. He spent 2018 performing locally and composing and recording additional material to round out his long-awaited, debut solo release, “They Call Me Big New York”. Christian has been independently releasing singles since 2015, beginning with “Good Old Days”. “Latin Jive Redux”, a 2017 remix of the Groove Skool song “Latin Jive”, went to #55 on Billboard and #1 in the UK. It remained in the top 10 for over a year on both the Moth FM/UK and 96.8 the Oasis in the USA. His 2018 release “Spirit” climbed up to #12 with a bullet on the Smooth Jazz Media Base chart and fueled his desire to present this and other material as an album. Christian’s musical evolution was on full display as he made his solo debut to a sold-out crowd at Blues Alley in July 2019, celebrating the upcoming release of “They Call Me Big New York”. “Throb!”, a local fan favorite from the album, was also released as a single in 2019, and 2020 began with the release of “Big Tall Wish”, which quickly climbed the charts and paved the way for the release of the full album, available now.
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