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Local Legend

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The Urban Renewal Project is back with the combined vocal talents of the jazz singing, trombone playing Aubrey Logan and freestyle rap virtuoso Elmer Demond on its sophomore release Local Legend. The album's nine original tracks draw from a eclectic variety of styles including R&B, swing, and West African highlife while remaining unified by the melodic earworms and hip-shaking grooves that characterize the group's sound.

Their debut release, Go Big or Go Home (2012), was called 'one of the most exciting hybrid releases to come along in some time' and the follow-up does not disappoint. Local Legend will be available this September on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and everywhere else!


We are indeed entering a new era of jazz music where elements of other genres are being incorporated to suit the palates of a diverse audience. There is a noticeable pattern that the musical hybrid is being contributed by the younger musicians. I'm finding it rather cool that non-jazz enthusiasts are uttering the names of Robert Glasper, Snark Puppy and even Jarrod Lawson without a clue that their music leans towards jazz and the elements of the genre than any other.

One group that is definitely blending the flavors of jazz with other genres is The Urban Renewal Project. The band is preparing for the release of their new 9-track CD Local Legend which is scheduled for September 23rd.

With 14 members strong, if you had to choose a band you would want to spend a day following around, this would definitely be the fun band you want to be around. The fun energy with this band can be heard on the music from their new CD, one which blends a rich gumbo of jazz, pop, soul and hip-hop. Indeed there is a lot going on within the new CD; there are tracks here that will provide the perfect upbeats for a great party.

Bold and shiny brass sounds kick open the doors to the track My Own Way, a track where genres are clearly not contained. It is Sambaesque one minute and a rock edge flavor thanks to the gritty and boisterous vocals from Aubrey Logan. Before you know it, you can hear the rapping style from Elmer Demond. Don't miss Aubrey's scatting shrieks near the end of the track as it that dynamically spiral down the musical scales.

This stunning performance is followed by the bluesy Rooftops and Parking Lots a track that features subdued vocals from Aubrey Logan resting comfortably against a finger-snapping groove. Elmer Demond also makes an appearance with a freestyle rap. The sea of brass melodies on this track is swirling enough to make you want to hold on to your love and dance.

The band encourages you to Make Like You Mean It, a laid-back flavor that shuffles within funky guitars, cohesive and melodious brass section and joyful vocals from Aubrey. Affirmations continue on the CD as in the case of You're Beautiful featuring rap vocals by Elmer Demond; Elmond returns with We Big Tonight later in the CD.

The CD's first and only ballad comes in the form of Change a track that touches the soul on so many levels, it is a pity that more slow jams weren't considered for the compilation. Aubrey's voice is partnered with fluttering and ethereal flutes within a dreamy arrangement. Even when the flute notes drop off, she's holding her own with varied intonations making this one of the more powerful tracks on the CD.

Also on the CD is the jive-snap-swing of Redshift, Prophecy and The Belief, the latter is the CD's closer.

The band has been on the scene in Los Angeles for the better part of four years, gaining fans wherever they go. Their dynamic live performances have captivated audiences and filled rooms across the country, from LA's House of Blues to NYC's Rockwood Music Hall.

The Urban Renewal Project's first release, Go Big Or Go Home (2012), was fittingly described as "high-energy... moving contemporary jazz in new and unconfined directions" by AllAboutJazz, and "one of the most exciting hybrid releases to come along in some time." --Jazz Moods Radio

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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lombary Records
  • ASIN: B00N9T391G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,590 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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