The brainchild of acclaimed bassist/composer Robert Miller, Project Grand Slam’s signature sound fuses Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin and reimagined Classic Rock covers, while earning over one million video views and defying genres, languages and geographic boundaries.
The band’s new, 5th CD, ‘The PGS Experience’, is a combination of five new studio tracks and four live performances. The album features Special Guest Artist Mindi Abair, renowned saxophonist and two-time Grammy nominee, on two of Robert’s new original studio songs: ‘Fishin’, with its laid back Island vibe, and ‘Metro Shuffle’, a funky ode to Robert’s hometown of New York City and it’s wonderfully hectic pace. About her appearance on the album Mindi Abair says: "I loved playing on Project Grand Slam's CD! Robert's songs are terrific and the band has such incredible energy and great musicianship!"
Other new studio tracks include ‘Hollywood’, an upbeat, driving song by Robert that captures the frenetic Tinseltown pace, and two new unique PGS-style covers arranged by Robert: Cream’s ‘I’m So Glad’, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Cream’s debut album containing that song, and ‘Free’ by the jam band super group Phish.
The live tracks are songs that have previously been released as studio cuts by PGS and which capture the amazing energy and musicianship of the band in concert. They include two of Robert’s originals: ‘Gorilla’, a powerhouse “arena” song, and ‘The Queen’s Carnival’, a Latin fiesta, and two of Robert’s reimagined Classic Rock covers: The Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’, praised by Dave Davies, and Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Fire’, PGS’s incredible concert closer song.
Robert says; “I feel like ‘The PGS Experience’ captures the band better and more fully than any of our previous albums. Our music drives the line between rock and jazz. The power and emotion of the music, the diversity of the songs, and the studio tracks together with the live performances, all combine to showcase the band better than ever before. I am thrilled to have the incredibly talented Mindi Abair as our Special Guest.”
Gashouse Radio says: “Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam deserves mentioning as among the best musical acts produced by American culture in the last quarter century!”
All songs written and arranged by Robert Miller and published by Cakewalk Global Publishing (BMI) except Free written by Ernest Anastasio and Thomas Marshall and published by Who Is She Music Inc.; I’m So Glad written by Nehemiah Curtis “Skip” James and published by Wynwood Music Co. Inc.; You Really Got Me written by Ray Davies and published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC OBO Jay-Boy Music Corp.; and Fire written by Jimi Hendrix and published by Experience Hendrix LLC.
June 30th 2017
1. Metro Shuffle (3:16) ft. Mindi Abair
2. Free (4:23)
3. Fishin (5:51) ft. Mindi Abair
4. Hollywood (4:57)
5. I’m So Glad (4:11)
6. Gorilla (Live) (3:33)
7. You Really Got Me (Live) (4:17)
8. The Queen’s Carnival (Live) (4:48)
9. Fire (Live) (4:56)
Electric Bass – Robert Miller
Saxophone – Mario Castro
Keyboards - Marcello Casagrandi
Drums – Joel E. Mateo
Guitar – Tristan Clark and Flavio Silva
Percussion – Guillermo Barron Rios
Singer – Ziarra Washington
Guest artist - Saxophone: Mindi Abair
Produced by Robert Miller and Lou Holtzman
Engineered and Mastered by Lou Holtzman
Recorded at EastSide Sound, NYC