SONG of SIMEON: A Christmas Journey
Will Scruggs Jazz Fellowship – SONG OF SIMEON: A Christmas Journey.
This CD is a 2 part jazz suite that explores the deep, mysterious, and radical themes of the Christmas narrative using 11 ancient canticles, hymns, and folk melodies.
Arrangements by the Will Scruggs Jazz Fellowship featuring:
Brian Hogans, piano
Dan Baraszu, guitar
Tommy Sauter, bass
Marlon Patton, drums
Kinah Boto Ayah, percussion
with special guest Joe Gransden and an 8 piece horn ensemble.
The perfect Christmas gift or stocking stuffer - For every 4 CD’s you buy, 1 free copy will be added to your order!
Live at Eddie's Attic - Pierre Anckaert/Will Scruggs Sextet
Recorded in 2010 at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur with:
Pierre Anckaert (Brussels, Belgium) – piano
Stefan Bracaval (Antwerp, Belgium) – flute
Guy Nikkels (The Hague, Netherlands) – guitar
Marlon Patton (Atlanta, Georgia) – drums
Will Scruggs (Atlanta, Georgia) – saxophones/vocals
Hendrik Vanattenhoven (Brussels, Belgium) – double bass
6 Tracks (5 original) – 48 total minutes
CC Booker III feat. Will Scruggs (CD)
The first full-length CC Booker recording contains 11 tracks and features both the NYC and ATL lineups plus the Funderhorns. There is also an appearance by bluegrass legend John Cowan, who takes the lead vocal on “Compared to What.” The recording, cut to feel like an old vinyl LP, is divided into two “sides.” Vocal tracks are on “Side A” and the instrumentals are on “Side B.” The first ten tracks are all somehow related to CC Booker’s three namesake artists: Ray Charles, King Curtis, and Booker T & the MG’s, while the final track, TOLA, is an original tune by Will Scruggs.
CC Booker III T-Shirt - Brown
Anvil 779 Heavyweight, 100% cotton T-shirt with old-school CCB3 design by Larry Luk of Epidemik Coalition. Off-white logo on a chocolate brown t-shirt. Men’s sizes S – XXL ($2.00 extra for XXL). Tear-away tags.
CC Booker III T-Shirt - Red
Anvil 779 Heavyweight, 100% cotton T-shirt with old-school CCB3 design by Larry Luk of Epidemik Coalition. Off-white logo on a red t-shirt. Men’s sizes S – XXL ($2.00 extra for XXL). Tear-away tags.
Bluebari Jam T-Shirt - Aqua
Aqua T-Shirt with Navy ‘Saxman’ graphic. 100% Cotton, high-quality American Apparel shirts. Made in the USA (downtown Los Angeles) – not a sweatshop garment! Women’s “Baby Rib” shirts have shorter sleeves, a feminine cut, and tend to run small. These shirts will not shrink. $2.00 extra for Men’s XXL and XXXL.
Bluebari Jam T-Shirt - Navy
Navy T-Shirt with Aqua ‘Saxman’ graphic. 100% Cotton, high-quality American Apparel shirts. Made in the USA (downtown Los Angeles) – not a sweatshop garment! Women’s “Baby Rib” shirts have shorter sleeves, a feminine cut, and tend to run small. These shirts will not shrink. $2.00 extra for Men’s XXL and XXXL.
C.C. Booker III EP (CD)
Got My Mojo Workin' (Preston Foster) 4:00
Soul Dressing (Booker T. Jones) 5:25
Hallelujah I Love Her So (Ray Charles) 3:33
Charlie Brown (Leiber/Stoller) 3:42
Nate Shaw, organ
Will Scruggs, saxophone/vocals
Tony Romano, guitar
Matt Kane, drums
"Every solo, every tune, and occasionally even a few lonely riffs generated screams and mighty ovations. Twins has a reputation for filling seats with the avant-garde, but even the edgiest listeners need some good old funky fun now and then. CC Booker only plays DC about once a year, but they never fail to generate that fun."
- Michael J. West
Washington City Paper
Feb. 4, 2008
Andrew Black and the Naturals (CD)
1. Treat a Dog 4:48
2. In the Ghetto 4:05
3. Love Worth Having 5:43
4. Heaven Help Us All 4:20
5. Love Won't Let Me Wait 6:16
6. Everyday I Have the Blues 4:43
7. Suitcase Blues 3:18
8. Red Clay 6:52
9. Red Baron 7:04
10. The World is a Ghetto 3:27
Andrew Black, guitar and vocals
Will Scruggs, saxophone
Dustin Sargent, electric/acoustic bass
Jack Jones, drums
Nicole Peterson, background vocals
Wes Funderburk, trombone
Ken Watters, trumpet
For the past four seasons, "Andrew Black and the Naturals" have been playing Sunday Brunch on the patio at Front Page News in Crescent Avenue in Midtown Atlanta. While music lovers down omelets and hit the "Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar," the band plays everything from Miles to Mayer. This disc serves as a time capsule in the musical journey of some of Atlanta's finest musicians. The Naturals' roster reads like an ensemble but there are never more than four together at one time. It is a cooperative effort on the part of many that brings this magical entity to life. In addition to the players on this disc I would like to thank the following musicians for their contributions: Ben Taylor, Tom Young, Little John Roberts, Mace Hibbard, Nick Longo, Dave Freeman, Emrah Kotan, Zack Pride, Chris Burroughs, Jason La Marca, Sid Wolf, George Price, Philip Lowman, Jon Schwenke, Mike Lowry, Will Groth, and Damien Lewis. I consider all of you gentlemen and friends and I am honored to know you and make music with you. Here's to many more years of friendship and great musical experiences. Thanks also to the owners, staff, and management at Front Page News who have taken great care of us and made this musical experience possible. Love and Respect, Andrew Black
HITTIN' THE NOTE REVIEW OF ANDREW BLACK & THE NATURALS "14TH & CRESCENT," JUNE 2008:
14th and Crescent
Andrew Black and the Naturals
Music Matters Entertainment
by Rob Johnson, Hittin' the Note Magazine
Andrew Black is one of those local treasures who make Atlanta such a great music town, but he is too good to remain a secret for long – and 14th and Crescent is proof of his talent. The heart-wrenching opener, “Treat a Dog,” shows right away that Black has an uncommonly soulful voice and knows how to treat a song.
This is especially apparent on the excellent covers of “In the Ghetto” and “Everyday I Have the Blues.” Black doesn’t just cover a song – he interprets it and puts his own stamp on it. It takes guts to follow in the footsteps of Elvis and B.B. King, but Black has the vocal chops to hold his own against anybody.
“Love Worth Having” is an Andrew Black original, and shows that his own writing aims for the same heights as the timeless tunes by other artists on this CD. There is a strong Stevie Wonder vibe throughout 14th and Crescent, and can there be any greater compliment to a soul singer than to say he reminds you of Stevie?
The disc has a strong finish – a powerful version of War’s classic “The World Is a Ghetto.” Since Black once auditioned for the Derek Trucks Band, and this song used to be a dTb standard, it provokes thoughts of what could have been. Never mind all that, though. 14th and Crescent is about what Andrew Black is doing right now, which is making some of the sweetest music around today.
BlueBari Jam (CD)
“Scruggs and his Fellowship kick the booty from the barnyard on BlueBari Jam. Like a New Orleans street band, the Fellowship is intent on partying their way all down the block–drinks, shimmies and shakes in tow. Jazz needs more of these middle American gurus, musicians who can spread the word, win over the kids, and re-integrate the music into the mainstream. With interest in jazz at an all time low in the U.S., thank God for small favors, and Will Scruggs’s Jazz Fellowship.”
-Ken Micallef, “Better Living Through MP3,” November 7, 2007
1. Swingin' to the Left 3:52
2. Foe Killer 0:40
3. BlueBari Jam 5:16
4. Fargo's Hot Spot 1:51
5. Inside (the Realm of Possibility) 6:36
6. Big B 9:24
7. Redemption Song 4:14
8. Sassafras 6:05
9. Willy's Little Men 7:46
10. Till Your Well Runs Dry 4:43
Will Scruggs, saxophones
Brian Hogans, piano
Zack Pride, bass
Marlon Patton, drums
Wes Funderburk, trombone
Sid Wolf, guitar
Chris Duarte, guitar
“No one can accuse saxophonist Will Scruggs of a lackadaisical performance. He plunges into the music like a Swing Era tenor man bent on bringing the house down. Whether on tenor or baritone saxophone, Scruggs partakes liberally of the tried-and-true blues vocabulary of growls, wide vibrato, pitch manipulation, and slippery versus-emphatic articulation. He knows the ropes.”
-Owen Cordle, Raleigh News and Observer, October 7, 2007
“Will Scruggs’ second CD as a leader (and first for a widely distributed label) shows tremendous growth. Alternating between baritone and tenor saxes, Scruggs is accompanied by a terrific band. His furious riff tunes suggest a throwback to the early days of bop…a compelling CD.”
-Ken Dryden, AllMusc Guide
Will Scruggs Jazz Fellowship (CD)
Recorded in 2004 and released in 2005, this self-titled album was Will’s first recording as a bandleader. The CD features five original pieces and one standard, Bill Evans’s Blue in Green. Most of this music was written during Will’s last year of college at Emory or his time in Teach for America. As the title suggests, much of this material is spiritually inspired. Although there are no vocals, the over arching message of the music is one of peace, and most of the tracks are very mellow and relaxed.
1. Anthesis 6:02
2. The Voice 8:35
3. High Road 6:12
4. Beersheba 3:47
5. Blue In Green 5:22
6. O Lamb 3:57
Will Scruggs, saxophones
Takana Miyamoto, piano
Moffett Morris, bass
Chris Burroughs, drums
Daniel Clay, guitar
Gary Kurz, guitar
Jose Marcano, percussion
Ali Barr, djembe
Tom Young, bass
Damien Lewis, drums