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Multi-Grammy Nominated Keyboardist Chris 'Big Dog' Davis Releases New Album, 'Focus' Featuring Maysa, Dave Koz, Kim Waters, Gerlad Albright, Rick Braun on June 26, 2020
 
(New Jersey) - On June 26, 2020 multi-Grammy nominated keyboardist and producer Chris "Big Dog" Davis releases a new album on Shanachie Entertainment featuring Maysa, Dave Koz, Kim Waters, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Nick Colionne, Bluey and more. His Midas touch as a producer has added finesse to endeavors by Brian McKnight, George Clinton, Will Downing, Syleena Johnson, Chanté Moore, Maysa, and numerous others.

As he takes center stage for the first time on recording, his wizardry blesses an entire album of inspirational and moving originals.

Chris releases "Focus" to create music with some of his favorite people. A bodybuilder and former Marine Big Dog is a native of Waterbury, CT and drew from diverse influences like Miles Davis, Chaka Khan and George Duke and even his own Zen rooted philosophy to living life.

"Focus" has Davis with a cadre of the best working artists in Contemporary Jazz including Kim Waters, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Maysa, Bluey and Nick Colionne.

"Focus" opens paying homage to the ‘Queen of Funk' with the Doheny/Stuart Chaka Khan hit "Whatcha Gonna Do For Me." "Big Dog's" sophisticated and in the pocket-groove on this favorite R&B jam unites him with saxophonist Gerald Albright. The duo scored a Grammy nomination in 2015 for their collaboration Slam Dunk. The title-track is a fitting motivational anthem, as we face the challenges of our current time. Powered by the dynamic duo of Maysa and Bluey, "Focus" is a potent reminder to focus on the things that truly matter.

The ethereal Zen ballad, "One Day At A Time" reminds us to be mindful as "Big Dog's" cascading piano lines take flight with Rick Braun's sailing trumpet to perfect effect. The song takes inspiration from conversations Davis has had with his limo driver Max. The gospel-tinged "You Are Loved," inspired by George Duke and featuring bassist Ace Livingston, brings another layer of beauty into focus, while the jubilant "Silver Street," featuring saxophonist Marty Quadrato, transports us down a winding road of joy. The composition "It's All Love" is named after one of the Davis' favorite sayings. He unearths a mountain of emotion on this track that unites him with saxophonist Dave Koz as they create one of the most memorable moments on the album. Focus also showcases the sensual "You Just Smile," featuring guitarist Tony DePaolo. "We are all so stressed and rushing from one place to the next and this song is just a reminder that the world would truly be a better place if we would all just take a moment and smile," shares Davis, devoted father to five daughters. A pleasant surprise on Focus is the composition "Natural High" which takes inspiration from Miles Davis and finds "Big Dog" taking us down a bluesy bend as he stretches out and gets loose for this soul drenched number. ‘Big Dog' kicks it up a notch on the dance-inspired "Fall Back" while "Just When You Thought You Had Enough," featuring guitarist Nick Colionne, serves up a sweet groove with the perfect combination of funk and soul. The album ceremoniously closes with the show-stopping finisher "Blue Light Special" showcasing Kim Waters.

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