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Gary Clark Jr.

Heading into the unknown

GARY CLARK JR.

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JPEG RAW

WARNER RECORDS  0093624873099

RELEASE DATE : MARCH 22, 2024

(USA)

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Musicians:

Gary Clark Jr. – lead vocals, guitars, background vocals (Tracks 1,2,4,6,9,10,11,12),drums (Tracks 2,6), Moog (Track 2) percussion, synthesizer (Tracks 3,11). Mellotron, bass synthesizer, electric piano, organ (Track 11)

Jon Deas – keyboards,  flute, strings (Track 6)
Elijah Ford – Minimoog, ondes Martenot (track 1), electric bass (Tracks 8,9,11,12), background vocals (Tracks 8,9,11)
JJ Johnson – percussion (Tracks 1,2,7,8,9,10,12), drums (Tracks 1,6,7,8,9,10,1112), congas (Track 12)
Zapata – rhythm guitar (Tracks 1,8,9,10,11,12)
Alex Peterson – electric bass (tracks 2,3,7,10), upright bass Track 2)
Mike Elizondo – bass (Tracks 4,6), Juno synthesizer (Track 4)
Valerie June – lead vocals (Track 3)
Naala – lead vocals, background vocals Ttrack 4)
Stevie Wonder – lead vocals, clavinet, harmonica (Track 7)
George Clinton – ad-lib vocals, background vocals (Track 10)
Keyon Harrold – trumpet (Track 6)
Daniel "Cappy Dee" Herbst – additional vocals (Track 9)
Ella Clark, Gia Clark, Zion Clark, Zander Holloway  – background vocals (Track 11)
Savannah Allee, Shanan Ashlee, Shawn Aleesha  – background vocals (Tracks 1,4,6,7,8,9,10,11,12)

Tracklist:
01 Maktub 04:13
02 JPEG RAW 04:26
03 Don’t Start 03:03
04 This Is Who We Are 05:32
05 To The End Of The Earth 01:08
06 Alone Together 04:30
07 What About The Children 04:39
08 Hearts In Retrograde 03:54
09 Hyperwave 04:33
10 Funk Witch U 04:19
11 Triumph 04:41
12 Habits 09:05

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2004

2010 (EP)

2012 (EP)

2012

2014

2015

2017

2019

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TEXAN GARY CLARK JR., BORN IN 1984, LEADS A HETEROGENEOUS GENERATION OF MUSICIANS WHO, WITH THE BLUES AS A CORE STRUCTURE, HAVE DEVELOPED AN OWN STYLE THAT LINKS BLACK MUSIC WITH OTHER VARIOUS OPTIONS OF RESEARCH AND CONTEMPORARY CREATIVITY / THE RESULT IS POSITIONED AWAY FROM THE ACCEPTED PATTERNS BY WHAT WE UNDERSTAND AS ROOTS MUSIC, BUT EXPLICITLY POSITIONED IN THE MOST ECLECTIC AND DYNAMIC AVANT-GARDE OF ITS EVOLUTIONARY CONDITION /  WITH "JPEG RAW",  CLARK HAS WRITTEN A NEW DECALOGUE THAT GREATLY CONDITIONS THE BLUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY, THE FREEDOM WITH WHICH HE EXPOSES HIS POSITIONING IN FRONT THE LINES IN WHICH BLUES MUSIC CAN ALSO PREACH IS EXPOSED TO MARGINATION BY AN ORTHODOXY ANACHRONIC, BUT IN THE GLOBAL FRAMEWORK IN WHICH POPULAR MUSIC IS FOUND TODAY, THE RISK AND CONTEXTUALIZATION OF THE ARTIST IS ESSENTIAL / GARY CLARK JR. IS ONE OF THESE ARTISTS, HIS TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF MUSICAL CAREER HAVE BEEN USEFUL IN BREAKING THE SKELETONS THAT SUPPORT THE BLUES STRUCTURES AND HAS ACTIVATED THE SPRINGS THAT ALLOW THE ENTRY OF OPTIONS AND REGENERATIVE ATTITUDES THAT WITHOUT A DOUBT FEED THE PROGRESSION AND REVITALIZATION OF A GENRE CHRONICALLY MINIORITY MUSICAL. THIS ALBUM WILL NOT BE LIKED BY EVERYONE, MAYBE IT WILL BE MISUNDERSTOOD, BUT IT WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

"JPEG RAW" WAS COOKED BY GARY ALONE IN THE STUDIO DURING THE PANDEMIC, IN 2020. SAMPLING SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON OR THELONIOUS MONK, CLARK EMPATHIZES THE COLLABORATIONS OF GEORGLE CLINTON OR STEVIE WONDER IN METICULOUS OVERTURES TO BLACK FUNK, R&B AND HIP-HOP SYNCHRONIZED WITH OPENING GUITAR RIFFS, PERCUSSIONS AND HIGHLY SEDUCTIVE VOCAL HARMONIES. THE ALBUM WAS PRODUCED BY CLARK HIMSELF AND LONGTIME FAITHFUL COLLABORATOR JACOB SCIBA.

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