chris dave and the drumhedz

Chris “Daddy” Dave calls on an all-star cast for Chris Dave and The Drumhedz.

Towards the beginning of December, Chris Dave had announced an album. When you drum for the likes of Robert Glasper and Adele, you get a chance to build one hell of a Rolodex . Dave, operating along with his band, Chris Dave and The Drumhedz decided that the lead single for their eponymously titled album would contain bars. Phonte and Elzhi, the “Not Here Anymore” duo from Charity Stars At Home jumped on “Destiny N Stereo.” Even at his listening session/party in his hometown a few weekends ago, one knew Dave had tapped into a sonic tornado of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and more.

The end result is Chris Dave and The Drumhedz, an hour-long excursion where Dave manages to recruit a Justice League-style lineup of guests. SiR appears on “Dat Feelin'”. Bilal and Tweet (!) attach themselves to the fluttery moves of “Spread Her Wings”. Anna Wise plays a strong lead while Dave’s handy stickwork shines on “Job Well Done”. The drum more often than not has been the driving force of music, dating back to the African diaspora. Here, Dave’s knowledge and skill enter new territory: bandleader who can convey even more emotion out of his guests than they would by themselves.

As a conductor, Dave knows that his guests have to shine just as brightly as he does. Some of them are otherworldly magnetic. Anderson .Paak shines on “Black Hole” and Stokely Williams of Mint Condition bringing a little sensuality to “Cosmic Intercourse”. At its core, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz is an album about a bandleader taking his turn in the spotlight. Only difference is, he has a varied group of super friends to share it with him.

Stream the debut album from Chris Dave and the Drumhedz below. Purchase the album on iTunes.

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