The band Al/Capone is named after Jeep Capone and his lifelong friend and business partner, Al Young. Jeep and Al have worked with some of the most gifted artists in the world; Lena Horne, Johnny Graham, Basia, Rich Gajate, Trish Turner, Matt “Doctor” Fink, and Coke Escovedo to name a few. Al/Capone recorded a Smooth Jazz music CD titled “Mr. Smooth”. The CD features guest artists Alex Ligertwood (Santana, AWB), Dean Brown (Brecker Brothers, Billy Cobham), Steven Wolf (Britney Spears, Gil Evans, Paul Simon), Jason Miles (Luther Van Dross, Miles Davis, Brecker Brothers, Sting, Global Noize), “Mr. Smooth” was the second most added music to radio airplay in the United States in its first week missing number one by only one addition. “Mr. Smooth” charted on the Smooth Jazz charts at 43.
Following the success of “Mr. Smooth,” Jeep and Al collaborated once again in 2011, composing and initiating recording of music for their second CD, “Moving Right Along.” Tragically, the day after completing the title track, Al Young unexpectedly passed away. For Jeep, facing and dealing with this deeply personal loss was almost too much. As such, he chose to take some time away from Al/Capone.
Now, about a year later, though the pain is still raw and the healing continues, Jeep recognizes that the time has finally come to release the CD “Moving Right Along” and continue with live performance's of the music. “The world needs to hear this music, and Al’s fans deserve to enjoy the magic of such a gifted artist.” “It’s been really difficult, but Al would expect me to put it out there," says Jeep.
Al/Capone creates magic as they perform and become one with the music. Their interaction and improvisational skills bring the listener along with them through each moment. When the show ends everyone has become part of the “Family”.
Al/Capone is near completion of, “Moving Right Along ,” the much-anticipated follow up to “Mr. Smooth.” The new release, “Moving Right Along” is an outstanding contribution to their unique style. Along with Jeep Capone’s intricate drumming and the late great Al Young’s mastery of the trumpet and flugelhorn, “Moving Right Along” features a group of extraordinarily talented musicians:
Ron Friedman on flugelhorn - (Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin)
Mark Colby on tenor saxophone - (Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson, Tony Bennett)
Peter Vircks on tenor saxophone - (Rhythmic Circus, Erick Kamau Gravatte)
Vinnie Rose on guitar - (Three-time winner of Down Beat best big band award, John Faddis)
Jason Craft on keyboards - (Sheila Raye Charles, Jason Marsalis)
eep Capone was interviewed on WFSK 88.1 FM radio on Thursday, December 10 by Sharon Kay of WFSK in Nashville, TN. Several of the tunes off the "Mr. Smooth" CD were featured, and some CDs were given away to listeners. The interview was broadcast live and audio streamed on www.wfsk.org. Sharon is the general manager of WFSK and is a very personable, gracious and hip host. Jeep and Sharon chatted for about twenty minutes and plan to do another session in 2010. Our thanks to Sharon Kay and then entire staff at WFSK 88.1 FM for their support, and the great work they do promoting jazz.
Al/Capone has another interview scheduled with Ron Holloway on SmoothGroovePhoenix.com which will be broadcast at a later date. Stay tuned to SmoothGroovePhoenix.com for details and some great music.
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