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Vinyl LP pressing. 2021 release. It was produced and recorded at International Anthem Studios in Chicago between March and June of 2021. Across sixteen tracks Gay fluently interweaves jazz, blues, ballads, R&B, raga, new music, nursery rhyme, tropicalia, two-step, hip-hop and beyond in a beaming expression of his signature omni-genre "Pan-Americana" brew. Alongside his own sizable toolkit of instruments (cornet, keyboards, synthesizers, flutes, percussions), Gay surrounds himself with steady bandmates (including Tommaso Moretti on drums, Matthew Davis on tuba, and Rob Frye on woodwinds), while also shining the spotlight on female artists from his cast of regular collaborators. Featured artists on the album include: OHMME singers Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, bassist/vocalist/arranger Ayanna Woods, multi-disciplinary Rwandan artist Dorothée Munyaneza, poet A. Martinez, cellist Tomeka Reid, and vocalists Onye Ozuzu, Gira Dahnee, and Angel Bat Dawid.


Disc 1



1Sometimes I Forget How Summer Looks on You (feat. Ohmme)
2Hood Rich Happy
3Bang Melodically Bang
4Aunt Lola and the Quail
5Mestre Candeia’s Denim Hat
6Oh Great Be The Lake
7I Be Loving Me Some Of You
8Nyuzura (feat. Dorothée Munyaneza)
9Slightly Before The Dawn
10Lean Back.Try Igbo (feat. Onye Ozuzu)
11Dress Me In New Love
12Touch. Don’t Scroll (feat. Ayanna Woods)
13I Once Carried A Blossom (feat. A.Martinez)
14In Tongues And In Droves (feat. Tomeka Reid)
15S’Phisticated Lady (feat. Gira Dahnee and Angel Bat Dawid)
16We Gon Win

Ben LaMar Gay - Open Arms to Open Us

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