Who: Audio Caviar
Where: not enough information to assess their origins but heavily rooted in the EWF pre-commercial period.
What: smooth jazz to freeform jazz and everything in between
When: solo debut released in 2007 and nothing since.
Sounds Like: Conglomeration of Earth Wind & Fire smittened with the sounds of smooth jazz
With the Undiscovered Artist mantra being "new artists coming at you all the time" sometimes this is about an undiscovered artist that made an attempt but was totally off the musical radar. And there is no better example than Audio Caviar that featured artwork that would catch your eye, an all star line up that would suck you in and music that is nothing short of stellar both at production and performance level. How this 2007 recording Transoceanic completely missed the boat for the lack of a better phrase is beyond me.
The core members are former Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Ralph Johnson , keyboard player Morris Pleasure (who predates EWF as one of the original members of the group The Elements Of The Universe with Ralph) and Danish acoustic guitarist Steen Kyed produced impeccably by Marcel East. Add superstars Jonathan Butler, George Duke, Howard Hewett and additional Earth Wind & Fire members Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Al McKay and even the EWF horns on one track featured here and there, you have all the ingredients of a smorgasbord audio delight.
Needless to say the one and only recording of Audio Caviar is sumptuous with the musical styles varying anywhere from Smooth Jazz to more traditional jazz and everything in between. Check out the more mainstream effort of “Now That I’ve Found You” with Kyed’s acoustic guitar style reminiscent of Earl Klugh or the previously mentioned Jonathan Butler all the way to the other spectrum of the freeform cover of Miles Davis’s “All Blues” and you have a mishmash musical masterpiece.
Careful you don’t blink or else you will miss the song “Welcome” that is co written by EWF’s former fearless leader Maurice White (RIP) as well as the famous short interludes that EWF was famous far throughout the album. However this is not an EWF rip off or a carbon copy but an authentic original recording that defies any specific musical category which is most likely both its strength and weakness. Nevertheless it is criminal that the musical industry and listening public totally missed the boat. So do yourself a favor and seek this one out!!!
New Artists coming at you all the time.