For Eric Essix, the year 2018 marked two inspiring milestones in his multi-faceted career. In celebration of 30 years as a solo recording artist, the Birmingham, Alabama based,contemporary jazz guitarist released “More”, his 25th full length album.It was a pivotal moment in a creative journey that has made him a genre icon – not only for his keen ability to fashion a continuous flow of infectious melodies and funky grooves, but also because of his willingness to artfully dismantle past ideas of what jazz is and reinvent them.
Fast forward to 2020. In the midst of a devastating global pandemic, social unrest and economic upheaval, it would seem like the most unlikely time for an artist to be inspired to write and record new music. However, for Eric, it has proven to be the perfect season to do just that.
His latest offering is a collection of nine compositions written and arranged by the guitarist, called “Songs From The Deep” which highlight his experiences living and growing up in the Deep South and their relevance in today’s world. Produced by Eric, the record reunites him with multi Grammy nominated keyboardist and bassist, Kelvin Wooten and journeyman drummer, Marcus Finnie. As a trio, they were the core unit that created two of the biggest albums of Eric’s career, “Evolution” and “The Isley Sessions”.