Israel Neuman composer, bass & electronics
Brian Perez saxophone
Cole Bracey lyricist, vocals
AceKidd lyricist, vocals
Daleton Lee drums
Sebastian Morales guitar
Jarrett McConnell piano
Willie Britton III drums
Israel Neuman’s VOLUTION fuses the power of hip hop with the versatility of jazz to form a uniquely forceful expression. The music heard on the album hints at a number of other musical genres as well, including rhythm and blues and middle-eastern folk music, to name a few. Vocalists including AceKidd and Cole Bracey rap and sing over the kaleidoscopic timbres created by Neuman’s music. In Tear It Down, AceKidd’s lyrics decry systemic injustice with lines like “man down/oh but you won’t lend a hand out/pressed down expecting us to stand down.” In Rough, a lovesick Cole Bracey croons “I’m worthless without your love/I’m spinning…Oh it’s rough.” With evocative lyrics, masterful modulations, and a smooth blend of celebrated musical styles, VOLUTION invites a wide audience of music lovers to the table.
Track Listing & Credits
|01||Tear It Down||Israel Neuman, AceKidd||Israel Neuman, bass and electronics; AceKidd, vocals; Brian Perez, saxophone; Sebastian Morales, guitar; Jarrett McConnell, piano; Willie Britton III, drums||7:20|
|02||Rough||Israel Neuman, Cole Bracey||Cole Bracey, vocals; Brian Perez, saxophone; Sebastian Morales, guitar; Daleton Lee, drums; Israel Neuman, bass and electronics||7:37|
|03||Just be Great||Israel Neuman, AceKidd||AceKidd, vocals; Brian Perez, saxophone; Sebastian Morales, guitar; Jarrett McConnell, piano; Willie Britton III, drums; Israel Neuman, bass and electronics||6:23|
|04||Till Death||Israel Neuman, AceKidd||AceKidd, vocals; Brian Perez, saxophone; Sebastian Morales, guitar; Jarrett McConnell, piano; Willie Britton III, drums; Israel Neuman, bass and electronics||7:05|
|05||Level Up||Israel Neuman, Cole Bracey||Cole Bracey, vocals; Brian Perez, saxophone; Sebastian Morales, guitar; Daleton Lee, drums; Israel Neuman, bass and electronics||6:16|
|06||Love Loss||Israel Neuman, Cole Bracey||Cole Bracey, vocals; Brian Perez, flute; Sebastian Morales, guitar; Jarrett McConnell, piano; Daleton Lee, drums; Israel Neuman, bass and electronics||7:46|
|07||Volution||Israel Neuman||Brian Perez, saxophone; Sebastian Morales, guitar; Daleton Lee, drums; Israel Neuman, bass and electronics||8:47|
All tracks were produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Israel Neuman December 2021 through September 2022 in Houston TX
Cover artwork painting by Avi Orr
Executive Producer Bob Lord
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Aidan Curran
Dr. Israel Neuman is a composer, producer, sound engineer, bass player, and educator. He teaches sound production at the Texas Southern University School of Communication. Neuman’s sound projects are diverse both in content as well as in their uses of technology. He recorded, mixed, and mastered for jazz artists such as John Rapson, Damani Phillip, Lewis Nash, Jim Buennig, and James Dreier. He collaborated as sound designer and composer with filmmakers Tyrone Dixon and Yuval Cohan as well as playwright Thomas Meloncon.
AceKidd (Derrick Andre Abram Jr) is a Hip-Hop/R&B songwriter and artist from Houston TX. Active since 2013, he is the owner and founding member of the production company AllDayRecess LLC. AceKidd has released two full length projects: Good Intentions (2014), and Love Yourself (2017), as well as Summer’s OveRRated in July 2018. In addition to his own music, AceKidd has amassed a number of songwriting credits as a member of the production team 100 Grand, including songs written for Beatking, Katt St. John, Rich Andruws, Shania Juzil, Kevin Gates, Alexis Finley, QBDaProblem, LabOx, Madicin, Truly Téo, Joel Love, Princess Richie, and various others. AceKidd’s songwriting was recognized when he won the national songwriting competition Creator Camp in 2019.
Born and raised in Houston TX, Cole Bracey began his artistic endeavors as young child, participating in musical theatre programs at The Ensemble and Theater Under the Stars and eventually in high school and college. Bracey also had an interest in songwriting from an early age and verses of songs scribbled on crumpled paper were often found around the house.
Known artistically as BXTRM, prior to his move back to Houston, while living in New York City he began to expand his development as an artist and songwriter. Currently he is studying Entertainment and Recording Industry Management at Texas Southern University and working on his debut project.
Dr. Brian Perez is a saxophone and woodwind performer, educator, and composer. He is the Director of Jazz Studies and Woodwinds at Texas Southern University where his duties include directing the jazz ensembles, teaching jazz curriculum courses, teaching the woodwind studio and coordinating the annual Jazz Festival. Under Perez’s direction the TSU Jazz Ensembles have performed for the Houston Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Education Network National Conference with Kirk Whalum, the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, and the HBCU Band Directors Consortium.
I am honored to write the liner notes for this eclectic and diversified album. After I listened to each piece, I soon realized that this entire album is a genius musical rainbow of distinct genres and styles that speak to the universality of music and the commonality of the human experience.
There is a subtle African bell that season one piece; giving me images of Ashanti people dancing to the rhythms of African drums. And in another selection Coltrane-like rich, vibrant impressions can be heard, putting me in the mood for a glass of red wine with my wife on a summer’s afternoon. A rhythm and blues selection scored with spoken word reminded me that these two genres are born from the same canon of African American music; and that both are storytellers with word magic.
Added to this listening entertainment is the sound of middle-eastern folk music combined with jazz motifs. This album took me on a journey across cultural boundaries and revealed how music is the most powerful and shared common denominator among human beings.
Finally, it has been said that musical instruments can be seen as extensions of the human voice. In the case of this great album, when diverse voices can speak their musical language through words and instrumentation, and yet harmonize their connectivity to each other, then it is worth the journey.
— Thomas Meloncon, playwright