Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bassist Michael Manson Signs with Nu Groove & Hits Top Twenty on R&R

Michael Manson has teamed up with recording industry veteran David Chackler to release Up Front on Chackler’s Nu Groove label. Nu Groove has recently created an industry buzz with R&R charting releases featuring some of the hottest contemporary jazz talent of today. The Up Front CD officially hit store shelves nationwide January 22, 2008. The first single, “Coming Right at Ya," is currently in the Top Twenty of the Radio and Records (R&R) Charts.

“I’m really excited about this release. Manson is a dynamic player and one of the most electrifying soloists in contemporary jazz. We’re confident that the incredible R&B grooves in Up Front will expose Michael to an even wider audience,” said Chackler. (Michael's previous CD, Bring It On, will also be available under the Nu Groove label.)

A native of Chicago, IL, Michael Manson joined City Lights and began performing regularly on Chicago’s jazz circuit in the late 80s. In the mid-90s, Manson joined Brian Culbertson in support of the City Lights CD (Long Night Out) and continued to play the Chicago jazz scene with bandmate Steve Cole. An invitation to play the Montreux Casino Lights Festival in 1999 would put Manson on the road to national fame. Sharing the stage with the likes of Boney James, George Duke and Kirk Whalum at this festival led to connections that blossomed into a spot performing on the Montreux Jazz Tour. Since that time, the bassist has rapidly emerged as one of the new stars of contemporary jazz displaying his remarkable dexterity and command of the 5-string and piccolo basses.

Michael displays his remarkable gift of musical versatility, passion and precision both in concert and on recordings. As a producer/composer, he penned his first Top 10 hit “Outer Drive,” followed by the R&R charting track “Just Feelin’ It” and most recently, the Top 20 “Coming Right At Ya.” With both unrelenting power and laid-back grace, this recording artist’s third CD entitled Up Front went on sale January 22nd and was released under the quickly expanding Nu Groove Records label. Guest artists on the new CD include: Norman Brown, Steve Cole, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Najee and Paul Jackson Jr.

Regarding the release of Up Front, Manson said, “In making Up Front, there were moments of great joy, extreme focus, and some very exciting performances. We've taken some artistic license and "jammed" a little more on this project. I've made some new friends who have shared their gifts and old friends who chimed in as well. I'm very excited to share this with people who love music. Enjoy.”

Michael Manson is managed and booked by C Sharp Consulting, Ltd

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