An acoustic jazz album comprised of soul-drenched compositions and high-caliber musicianship all inspired by the concept of liberation
1. The Messenger 05:06
2. #BAM 07:01
3. Dreams 06:42
4. Dudley’s Lude 00:38
5. Illusion 06:09
6. Waiting 06:39
7. Full Proof 04:14
8. Red.Black.Green 02:27
This album is part of a double release. The other project is called Optique. Both are inspired by the idea of liberation. It started a couple of years ago when I began to dig deeper into history to understand the context of modern issues surrounding race and cultural traditions that impact my life directly.
This lead me to question everything I’ve ever been taught about religion, education and social economic factors that affect black people. What I discovered is that since childhood my creativity has been hindered in numerous ways in order for me to fit the status quo, blend in and not make life harder on myself by standing out in any meaningful way.
I discovered this hinderance to be sort of a defense mechanism in black culture that at one time helped us manage enslavement but in modern times often holds us back from our potential. So in 2015 I began taking steps to liberate myself from these cultural constraints.
I left the comfort zone of 9 to 5 employment to build my own business as an artist and began to practice community building within my circle of influence. The music in Red.Black.Green and Optique symbolizes this transition of liberation in my personal life and is meant to inspire others, especially black people to take similar action.
released October 8, 2016
All music composed and produced by Brandon Meeks.
Executive Producers: Brandon Meeks and Greg Artry
Brandon Meeks - bass
Rob Dixon - tenor, alto and soprano saxophone
Steven Jones - piano
Greg Artry - drums
Dudley Owens - saxophone on Dudley's Lude
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Gary Mielke
Photography by Chandra Lynch
Art direction and design by Brandon Meeks