Friday, April 09, 2010

Causeway, the cream of the crop!


In this occasion I will speak you about a very interesting christian jazz group: Causeway. The first performance of this group was in the 1993 "Miami Easter Sunrise Service", in wich pianist and keyboardist Todd Billingsley enlisted four musicians that he knew to be believers: Rey Sánchez, music director and producer for Sony artists Cheyenne and Braulio, Fofi Lancha, ex-drummer for Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine and current drummer for Univision TV shows "Sabado Gigante" and "Don Francisco Presenta"; Ken Kosicki, bass player who toured with Wayne Watson; and Ed Maina, sax player who has played with Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra.

The follow year, the group met again in the "Saturday night worship targeted for young adults" of the University Baptist Church of Coral Gables. For this occasion, Todd enlisted one new musician, Cookie Lopez, who had just completed touring with Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. After this performance, the group recorded and released its first CD "Causeway", and it was followed by concerts and conventions and conferences. Later, when the group is in full swing, a last musician is incorporated: drummer Jay Drake. In 2001, Causeway released its second album "Unconditional Love Jazz" in which reaffirms its great sound, creativity and freshness.

The style of Causeway is a mix of different flavors: latin rhytms , R&B, smooth jazz, contemporary jazz and fusion; and its sound make us remember a variety of musician as Larry Carlton, David Benoit, Russ Freeman, and groups as Four Play or Spyro Gyra. In words of David Arivett, founder Christian Jazz Artist Network:
"Causeway is the cream of the crop for this genre!".



Official website of Causeway: http://www.causewayjazz.com