RCA Recording label and Independant label Artist...

Contemporary jazz keyboard player and Composer

New Album for 2005/6:

"Free"

New Album for 2003/4:

"Southern Living"

ALEX BUGNON

Alex Bugnon

Contemporary jazz keyboard player Alex Bugnon, nephew of trumpeter Donald Byrd, grew up going to the Montreux Jazz Festival in his hometown in Switzerland. He attended the Paris Conservatory of Music for two years, then moved to the U.S. and went to the Berklee School of Music, meanwhile performing as an accompanist to gospel groups. He spent four years working as a session musician in New York, backing urban and jazz performers such as Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, James Ingram, and Keith Sweat. Signed to Orpheus Records, he released his debut album, Love Season, in 1989. It reached the pop charts and the Top 40 of the R&B charts, as did its follow-up, 1990's Head Over Heels. Subsequent releases -- 107 Degrees in the Shade (1991), This Time Around (1993), and Tales From the Bright Side (1995), the last on RCA Records -- all placed in the R&B charts. After five years away from recording under his own name, Bugnon signed to the jazz division of Narada Records, which marketed him as a jazz artist, and his sixth album, Alex Bugnon...As Promised, reached the contemporary jazz charts. He followed in 2001 with Soul Purpose

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As Promised

107 In The Shade

Head Over Heels

Love Season

Soul Purpose

Tales From The Bright Side

This Time Around

Southern Living - 2003

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Alex has a brand new Album "Soul Purpose"

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If freedom has a sound, the music of jazz/R&B keyboardist Alex Bugnon is it.

On his previous release, Tales From The Bright Side, this unique artist opens his mind and yours to the possiblities of music that span multiple genres - from the bass-driven power of 70's funk, to traditional jazz, and even classical music, with a generous amount of R&B and gospel thrown in for spice. "All the things I've written are things that I've been listening to since I was born, but with my own melodies, my own sound," says Bugnon.

With this album, his first on RCA, Alex Bugnon finds himself in the happy realm of unfettered personal expression. Tales From The Bright Side is crafted with joy. And while the title may be whimsical, make no mistake that the artist is serious about his music. Alex Bugnon (pronounced BOO-nyon) was raised in Montreux, Switzerland where he literally grew up at the jazz festival. Year after year, he listened and learned from a disparate group of visionaries, including Carlos Santana, Aretha Franklin, Les McCann, Billy Cobham, George Duke, and of course, Herbie Hancock, who Bugnon has known personally since childhood.

First stop after Switzerland was Paris, where he studied at a conservatory for two years, followed by a stint in Boston at the Berklee scholl of music. While there, bugnon followed his instincts and spent time playing with a local gospel group, Clara Mahomes and the Gospel Leviticus. He now recalls that time with fondness: "I played a lot of gospel while I was in Boston, doing all the Southern tours, riding in Winnebagos."

After Beantown, it was on to New York City, where he spent four years backing up R&B performers such as Najee, Freddie Jackson, Keith Sweat, Patti Austin and James Ingram. "I was jumping from tour to tour until I landed my first recording," Bugnon recalls, "and I've been recording ever since."

Before Tales From The Bright Side, there were four albums: Love Season (1989), which reached #2 on the R&B; charts and was honored by Black Radio Exclusive as "Best Jazz Album" of 1990, Head Over Heels (1990), 107 in the Shade (1991) and This Time Around (1993).

One thing that Bugnon is particularly proud of are the two Soul Train Award nominations that his records have garnered. "Soul Train is very important to me because everybody in the industry can vote," he says. "It's not just a panel or jury."

Whether his latest effort will be similarly recognized is to be seen, yet there's no doubt that Tales From The Bright Side is Bugnon's most creatively satisfying effort to date. "It's a sense of personal renewal for me," he says. "It's more personal than anything else." And that feel of energetic optimism and individuality can be heard on every one of the 12 tracks on the album.

"This is the first time since I started recording that I've felt so much freedom in my head," Bugnon declares. "Also freedom from the record company to really take a chance and explore some stuff that I've never done before."

As he has in the past, Bugnon has gathered a close circle of friends and fellow artists to help bring his music to life, including Charles "Poogie" Bell as co-producer and drummer, Artie Reynolds and Anthony Jackson on bass, Bernard Wright on synthesizer for some tracks, Vincent Henry on saxophone, Keith Robinson and Mike Campbell on guitar, and finally, Don Alias and Steve Laws on percussion.

This is the first album on which Bugnon has written almost all the tracks, choosing only to record a single cover tune, "Thighs High," the Tom Browne instrumental hit from the early 80's. "I don't want to do any instrumental covers of vocal songs anymore - it's too corny," he explains. So I decided to do cover of an instrumental tune. I thought it was real funky, so we just slowed it down a little more to make even more groove that people like to hear in the 90's."

With the exception of that one borrowed tune, the record is a testament to Bugnon's stunning compostional range. He begins with "Okra," a joyful groove that effortlessly sweeps you up into the swing of things. That tune is followed by "Harlem on My Mind," which blends jazz voicings with the retro funky feel of a 70's "blaxploitation" movie. "Harlem on My Mind" kind of gives me the vibe of movies like Shaft," he says.

R&B highlights can also be heard on "Mr. Hancock," Bugnon's affectionate tribute to his lifelong friend and inspiration, Herbie Hancock. "Oaktown" serves up a generous helping of slap-happy funk in the style of the music that emerged from the Bay area of California in the 70's and 80's.

In a slower, more contemplative vein, are tunes like "Tosma," "Sunrise," and "Yaslyn," a gorgeous acoustic jazz number which is named after Bugnon's daughter. The album concludes with the hauntingly evocative "Waltz in G Minor."

Should Alex Bugnon's music be called "fusion"? Only in the sense that it brings together the best of several different styles, in a way that never dilutes, always strengthens. "I don't really see my music as a middle ground," he says. "I've found a good balance between what I listen to in jazz and what I listen to in funk, but I've never tried to make a mixture of things."

When you hear Tales from the Bright Side, you'll see that it's not "fusion", but freedom that best defines the music of this extraordinary artist.

Alex is due to release a brand new album, and we are all anxious for its release!!


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