By M. Valentine
Eugene J. Wright, also referred to as “The Senator,” is known across the globe. He has played with many great musicians, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmy Lunceford and Dave Brubeck, just to name a few.
Wright released his new album, African Breeze: Live at the Money Tree.
Wright was born in Chicago. He led his own group, The Eugene Wright Ensemble or “The Dukes of Swing.”
His book, Modern Music for Bass, is published by Hansen Publication, and he is currently compiling a second book of his more recent compositions, also a method book for students who want to master the art of having a good left hand, the key to successfully playing a bass.
His music incorporates many of the styles of traditional jazz and many of Wright’s influences. His group gives the individual musicians the opportunity to improvise on already-established themes, and returns to what Eugene calls the “blues.”
“What is the blues? Playing your soul, your own thing, whatever you’re doing,” he said. “After all it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”
Wright has and will always have something that will appeal to every taste.
To purchase his new album, visit cdbaby.com and type Senator Eugene J. Wright or Eugene J. Wright in the “search” box. Or, you can purchase the album at Atomic Records, 3818 W. Magnolia Blvd in Burbank. Call the store at (818) 848 7090.