Matthew Shell releases us with Freedom
Matthew Shell, the son of a Zimbabwean mother and American father, is acutely in tune with the elements of a great song. This talented producer was featured on Grammy.com and has produced several artists including Marcus Johnson, Kenny Wesley, D2D, Carolyn Malachi, Kolten Perine (‘Secret’), Greg Adams, Paul Jackson, Jr., and Trey Eley. He has also engineered & mixed for DJ Flexx, Free, Jeff Lorber, Marcus Mitchell, and Gerald Albright, among others.
In his album, ‘Freedom’, an album with Trey Eley, he draws on various musical elements to provide us with a wonderful journey through a variety of genres that come together to make a delightful Jazz CD. ‘Beauty in Freedom‘ utilizes the flute and piano to help put together a picture of serenity and calm. It is reminiscent of a lazy African afternoon basking in the sun with a cool drink. There are definite African undertones in this song. ‘Juice‘ has a more upbeat, R&B flavor that is easy to hum to. ‘Twilight‘ was featured on Grammy.com, and is definitely great for dinner and romance. It is calm and soothing–just what you need to set the mood and provide the background for great conversation. ‘Faces of Change‘ probably showcases Shell’s versatility and real talent the most. Its complicated movement from smooth and easy listening to something a little easier to dance to, and then back to easy listening, all with an underlying regulated beat that ties it together and is compelling. He makes complicated seem so simple.
‘Freedom‘ was featured as a one of Generation Bass’ Top Albums of 2012.
The entire album is a delight and well worth the money. You can purchase his music on iTunes. To learn more about him, visit his website, or follow him on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. You can also listen to his music on Soundcloud. Look out for his upcoming album, ‘Victorious‘, slated for release this summer.