It’s hard to believe that a musician with the talent and relationships of one Nathan East would be in the business for 30 years having never put out a record of his own…not to say that Mr. East hasn’t been busy. He’s laid the bass line for the likes of Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, and Daft Punk among many others. His most notable jazz associations are as a member of the group Fourplay. Bob James and Chuck Loeb from Fourplay are a couple of the notables contributing to Nathan East’s debut album as a leader. Michael McDonald, Ray Parker, Jr. and even Nathan’s 13-year old son Noah are part of what should be a special occasion upon it’s official release date, March 25th. Incredible. I can’t tell you the last time a CD has had this much buzz before coming out. Nathan spreads his solid, fat and warm bass tone on grooves that are funky and upbeat with a whole lot of melody as he hits a few cover tunes like Stevie wonder’s Sir Duke and Overjoyed to the classic Moondance and several original tunes. Nathan even showcases his silky voice on a few tunes. One thing for sure, the sky is the limit for this bassist that continues to reinvent himself and remains relevant in this day and time. Our CD of the month is the self-titled debut recording for Nathan East, on Yamaha Entertainment.