Philip Lassiter looks back on working with Prince as he releases his solo album
An article with Philip Lassiter
For over 15 years I have been cultivating my own sound using stacked trumpets. I first heard this sound when D'Angelo released "Voodoo" with Roy Hargrove laying down trumpet overdubs. I was already a huge Hargrove fan and had just got my first digital recording studio so I was off to the races. It wasn't long before I started getting asked to lay down my own stacks on other artist's albums. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play on hundreds of projects, making the "trumpet stack" thing something I'm fairly known for but it took me THIS long to record a trumpet album of my own! I thought to myself, it's about time! So, I reached out to some of my favorite producers and asked for them to submit tracks that they had laying around. James Poyser did 2 tracks on the album and they are so funky! I had a lot of help from my good pal Rodney Lil Rod Jones with production and mixing on this album. It may not have been possible without his generosity and expertise. This project is so unique because of the mixture of true hiphop grooves with super harmonic trumpet soundscapes. I couldn't be more proud of a record and I'd love to do another one at some point.
Before I first chose the trumpet I tried lots of instruments. Sax, drums, even oboe but I gravitated to the baritone first. I got a nice sound on it right from the bat. I was a small kid so lugging that heavy instrument around was quite a pain so, after trying my friend's trumpet, I was hooked.
My wife and I just moved to LA so we are very excited about what's around the corner. I recently wrote and arranged horns and strings on the latest Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans records. Kirk just won a Grammy for best gospel album. I also did horns for Jose James and Kandace Springs, 2 up and coming soul/jazz singers on Blue Note records. Right now I simply plan to be as visible as I can and let people on the west coast know that I'm around and ready to work!
There are so many I would like to collaborate with. I have my eyes and ears set on the stirring and resurgence of soul music. I am really digging where artists like Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Adele, Ceelo and many others are headed. I would love to team up with producers like Will.I.Am, Mark Ronson and Pharell. The sky is the limit and I believe anything is possible.
Philip Lassiter, James Poyser, Rodney Lil Rod Jones, Prince, Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, Jose James, Kandace Springs
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