Violet, Gold + Rose David Ward
- 2Neon Palisades03:20
- 4Violet, Gold + Rose03:06
- 6Jesus Hollywood04:03
- 7Banging on My Drum03:48
- 8Sweetness Everywhere03:13
- 9Feel It Now04:19
- 1130 + 1 Kings03:50
- 12Looking Glass03:55
- 13Tangerine Dream04:31
Info for Violet, Gold + Rose
After 12 years of quietly sending ripples through the independent music scene, David Ward?s latest Album "Violet, Gold + Rose" has garnered support from some of the most respected artists in music.
Just four years ago The Guardian voted Ward, ?Most likely: to be assured of a golden future.? On the heels of the critical success Ward received with his sophomore album, Golden Future Time, he and his manager moved from his hometown of Vancouver, Canada over to London, England. Taking up part-time work at a pizza shop in Clerkenwell, fortuitously located across from UK promoters and creators of the London Jazz Festival, Serious , an impromptu invite to his monthly show at the restaurant lead to his biggest shows of the year: opening slots for grammy-winner Lisa Fischer, Becca Stevens, Jacob Collier and a sold-out show at the historic Union Chapel with fellow Canadian, Frazey Ford. While in London, Ward started to seed the ideas for his latest album, Violet, Gold + Rose.
Ward says that for this album "I wanted to experiment within a similar romantic palette as Nelson Riddle who orchestrated for Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland but also Riley Hampton who worked on all those classic Curtis Mayfield records. I also wanted to collaborate with people who had created albums that have inspired me". To that end Ward uses Russell Elevado as mixer... his credits include working for people as varied as D'Angelo, Al Green and Erykah Badu.
Key track on the album is the string swept title tune. For sure (like the whole LP) it's not soul in the classic sense, but there's a real heartfelt and soulful feel to it ... then maybe some might hear the power and influence of a certain Michael Jackson of 'Jesus Hollywood' while broad minded soulsters will surely enjoy the beaty 'Visions'.
David Ward, piano, vocals, guitar
After 12 years of quietly sending ripples through the independent music scene, David Ward’s latest, a cinematic and soulful opus, Violet, Gold + Rose, has garnered support from some of the most respected artists in music.
Ward has spent the last two years between Vancouver, London and Berlin, building on the success of his last album, Transitioning. The run has included opening slots for grammy-winner Lisa Fischer, Becca Stevens, Jacob Collier, and a sold-out show at London’s historic Union Chapel with fellow Canadian, Frazey Ford.
Mixed and mastered by lauded grammy-winning engineer and producer, Russell Elevado (D'Angelo, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Common, Al Green, Erykah Badu), it is a lushly orchestrated epic, including 33 musicians and a special guest appearance from Patrice Quinn (Kamasi Washington’s The Epic and Harmony of Difference).
This is 1940s Disney-style orchestral arrangements meets '70s era MJ and Stevie Wonder, with a hit of psychedelia.
This album contains no booklet.