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“Circle is a live hip-hop album that’s inspired sonically by the sounds of 70’s jazz and soul and pays homage to the aesthetic and sample-based grit and color of the beat scene.”
Being a producer means always having a collection of beats close by. Being a musician means having a band of peers just a phone call away. One night in early 2016, Los Angeles music creatives and close friends Te’Amir Sweeney and Henry “Professor H” D’Ambrosio were sitting and listening to beats on a hard drive when a vision was born. A vision of bringing together a community of musicians working towards a common goal – a live hip-hop album that reflected the cultural fabric of the city of L.A. and everything it encompassed.
In early Spring 2016 a who’s-who of L.A. musicians, vocalists, and emcees came together for three days at Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica. Sonically inspired by the sounds of 70’s jazz and soul, a long cast of creatives including vocalist Jimetta Rose, live remixer/composer Mark de Clive-Lowe, and emcees Thurzday, Hugh Augustine, and Omar Offendum began recording and collectively crafting the sound of what would become a full length album born from those early 2016 late-night beat… more
released February 15, 2019
Circle is a collaboration featuring:
Te’Amir Sweeney – an acclaimed Los Angeles-based drummer and producer who tours and records with soul singer, Aloe Blacc. He has played with many of the musicians who have crafted LA’s unique brand of hip-hop, beatmaking, jazz, and soul including: Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Kamasi Washington, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, YG, Wondem, Kadhja Bonet, and Ethio-Cali.
Henry “Professor H” D’Ambrosio – a Los Angeles-based engineer and producer. He currently engineers sessions at Truth Studios, Stones Throw Studios, and Red Bull Studios and has worked with a long cast of artists including King Mez, Dom Kennedy, Metro Boomin, Marsha Ambrosius, and Jansport J.
• Te’Amir Sweeney – Drums
• Mike McTaggert – Guitar
• Brian Akio Martinez – Electric Bass, Upright Bass
• Computer Jay – Keys, Synths
• Mark de Clive-Lowe – Keys, Synths
• Randal Fisher – Flute, Sax
• Tutu Sweeney – Keys, Trumpet
• Quetzal – Strings
Artists (Singers / Emcees) –
• Hugh Augustine
• Godfrey At Large
• Jimetta Rose
• Arima Ederra
• Omar Offendum
• Avila Santo
• Seti X
• Louis King
Cover art painting by UNOPUEDE.