UPRISING Miles Mosley

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Label: Verve

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Funk

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  • 1Young Lion04:09
  • 2Abraham04:48
  • 3L.A. Won't Bring You Down03:21
  • 4More Than This05:17
  • 5Heartbreaking Efforts Of Others04:14
  • 6Shadow Of Doubt04:12
  • 7Reap A Soul03:35
  • 8Sky High03:44
  • 9Your Only Cover02:50
  • 10Tuning Out04:31
  • 11Fire03:16
  • Total Runtime43:57


„Uprising“ encapsulates the dynamic range of genres and expression that traces the rest of the album. It serves as his most personal and defining climb throughout his long-time career in the music industry. For Miles, it combines a deep love of songwriting with an innovative, truly one-of-a-kind ability on the Upright Bass. A balance he has worked decades to execute with precision, quality and taste. The album features the collective Miles co-founded, the West Coast Get Down, a family of musicians he helped bring together during their formative years. The group has imprinted their stamp on the world unlike any other musical collective in recent times. Miles and company blend into a unified system of brilliant luminance through Uprising. Kamasi Washington, Ryan Porter, Zane Musa, Dontae Winslow and the other L.A. horn players shout from the mountain tops; Brandon Coleman brings unrelenting funk on vintage keys; Cameron Graves displays his ethereal piano virtuosity, and Tony Austin holds it down with equal measure on drums and the production/engineering chair. Uprising is Miles' personalized take on the musical journey of his life, and that of his West Coast Get Down family. It stands as an impressive record of deep conviction and technical prowess, following the influences he has gained from legends such as Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix. Every lyric, rhythm, melody and harmony from Uprising comes from the deepest reserves of Miles' soul and the experiences he has endured over the last two decades in the music industry: "I wanted to create a work that was natural and intimate, but still maintained a sense of grandeur." Miles explains. "As if you were best friends with a giant. The West Coast Get Down, the Strings, the Choir; I sought to utilize all of these elements together to create something with memorable melodies and a message to the people that we are here for them. We are and want to be the loudspeaker for their hearts." The album demonstrates Miles' vision and scope, traversing through stunning vocal cadences and complex music arrangements with scorching horn lines, innovative bass solos, thought-provoking lyricism and an overall dynamic that bleeds with the lineage of the West Coast Get Down. It showcases tracks reminiscent of the best that pop, jazz, blues, funk and soul have to offer.

Miles Mosley, upright bass, vocals
Tony Austin, drums
Kamasi Washington, tenor saxophone
Sean Eric, trumpet
Ryan Porter, trombone
Dennis Hamm, keyboards
Justin Sky, MC

Miles Mosley
As a teen, Mosley was selected to play bass for the 1996 Grammy All-American High School Jazz Band & Choir, and was acclaimed as a “technical virtuoso” by Los Angeles Times jazz critic, Don Heckman. He received his classical training at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, had numerous years of study with jazz bass legends John Clayton, Ray Brown, and Al McKibbon, and received his undergraduate degree in music at UCLA. Since then Mosley has greatly expanded his repertoire, mastering the bass and a vast array of instruments, deftly blending Jazz with Rock, Pop, Funk, and R&B. Mosley has successfully combined bow work, effects, and ‘in-your-face’ dexterity to give his instrument his own signature sound.

The last few years have been the busiest of Mosley’s career. He has been featured in Bass Player Magazine, (US, Brazil and Japan), Bass Gear Magazine, and Player Magazine, Japan. He recently c0-designed his signature line of upright basses for BLAST CULT, and will have a signature pick-up released in 2016. He has recorded, toured and collaborated with artists including A n d r a D a y , Christina Aguilera, Jason Mraz, Chris Cornell, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def and Avenged Sevenfold. He co-produced, composed, arranged and performed on actor Terrence Howard’s debut CD ‘Shine through It’. He appeared on the Grammy Awards telecast with the Gnarls Barkley Orchestra, at the Greek Theater with Jeff Beck, at the Staples Center with Rihanna, and headlined at The Alex Theatre with the Glendale Pops Orchestra. He accompanied singer Jonathan Davis of rock group Korn through North America and Europe, where he pulled double duty as the opening performer and as Davis’ solo band bassist. He opened for NAS at Capcom’s Resident Evil 6 Launch party. He recorded three tracks on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-winning album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’; and is the upright bass player for long-time band-member Kamasi Washington’s ‘The Epic’ triple CD release, charting at #1 on the ITunes Jazz album charts, # 25 on the Billboard charts; and was named one of Rolling Stone’s and Pitchfork’s “best albums of 2015”. Mosley’s single “Abraham” was named one of NPR’s ‘favorite songs of 2016 so far’, and he was featured as one of Vanity Fair’s Rising Stars. His new album ‘UPRISING’ will be released in 2017.

In addition to performing and producing, Mosley is an accomplished composer, scoring for Film, TV and Video Games. His compositions have been used by numerous entertainment companies including DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, The Weinstein Company, Capcom and Activision. His original composition was featured on Disney’ s “The Muppets” movie trailer, listed as one of MTV’s Top 10 trailers of 2012, receiving a 2012 Golden Trailer Nomination for Best Music and a 2012 Key Art Award win for Best Music. Mosley’s score for Island Creek Picture’s (no dialogue) short “Me and Her” was an official entry for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He was commissioned to compose for the Elisa Monte Dance Company (NY). Miles recently completed the original score for “Halfway”, an upcoming feature film starring Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side).

Mosley is a founding member and upright bass player for the acclaimed Los Angeles- based group, the West Coast Get Down (WCGD), a collaborative group of musicians born and raised in Los Angeles. Apart, they are some of the most sought after musicians in the world; together they are uninhibited innovators moving effortlessly through multiple genres of music. The WCGD embarked on a sold-out world tour in 2015, which will continue through 2016. Mosley also has a new duo project, BFI with drummer/producer Tony Austin.

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