I've always admired Josh 's ability to compose / produce quality deep soulful black music since we met many moons ago in London. This his latest EP on his Honeycomb motif is such a beautiful journey from the first to the very last note. Full of glorious Shapes, Color.....and Magic! Wonderful absolutely!
Traveling thru the mountains of Arizona and Nevada, Josh's music placed me in the right state of mind. It was snowing and my rock had passed. Thank you Josh. As always your music takes care of the moment.......
Honeycomb Music is extremely proud to present Josh Milan's phenomenal new "Shapes, Color and Magic" EP. On his latest EP, Josh explores some of the most innovative jazz and dance music rhythms ever released on the label. "Acts 2 and 4" set the tone for a remarkable collection of instrumental songs that include such gems as: "9 Pound Hammer," "Peace," "God Is On My Side," "The Plight of the Square" and "First Graders."
You can hear hints of Milan's vocals throughout the project, but his lead vocals aren't the focus here. In "Shapes, Color and Magic," he pushes the boundaries and challenges our beliefs around danceable jazz music. As with his "6.9.69" LP, this EP is very jazz influenced, improvisational and timeless.
1. Acts 2 and 4
2. 9 Pound Hammer
3. First Graders
4. The Plight of the Square
5. God Is On My Side
7. Acts 2 and 4 (Club Version)
8. Acts 2 and 4 (Bible Mix)
released December 9, 2018
All songs written, produced, and performed by Josh Milan, except where noted.
All songs recorded and mixed by Josh Milan at Honeycomb Music Studios in East Stroudsburg, PA, except where noted.
"9 Pound Hammer" mixed by Glenn Thornton.
"First Graders" mixed by Moise Laporte.
Saxophones performed by Lawrence Clark.
Mastered by Adam Cruz at EbbnFlow Studios in Bloomfield, NJ.
Published by Josh Milan Songs (BMI).
Cover art design by Adam Cruz.
Executive Produced by Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.
Thanks to Cymande, Weather Report, War, Mandrill, Chick Corea, Earth, Wind & Fire, John Scofield, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Herbie Hancock, Epiphone Guitars, Fender Basses and Yamaha Musical Instruments. Thanks also to Apache for making such a boss Shekere.
I'd like to dedicate this project to the memory of my friend Paul "Trouble" Anderson and the legendary King of the Open Mic bars, Ron Grant.