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Solomon Edmond, the multi-talented composer, keyboardist and sonic mastermind behind his urban jazz project Solex, grew up playing gospel music in his family’s group and has been a Minister of Music for 25 years. As its title would indicate, his eclectic, atmosphere and groove driven new album VOICES draws from many musical influences. Solex’s earlier releases blended jazz, gospel, Latin and R&B. Some of those cool elements carry over here, but the most prominent inspirations are Earth, Wind & Fire and George Duke. The EWF vibe is front and center on the tight funk tracks with soaring vocals and horn textures, and Solex creates many of his artful, lighthearted melodies and harmonies with a wild array of trippy, Duke-esque synth and synth vocal sounds. These are VOICES you’ll want to hear again and again!

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