It's clear we are in love with the musicians and the scene in Richmond VA, so we were thrilled when Charles Owens called and mentioned his new project - As One - with the RVA crew of Kelli Strawbridge, Devonne Harris, and Andrew Randazzo. Charles is a veteran of the NYC Jazz scene, having performed with such jazz luminaries as Mark Turner, Brad Mehldau, Omer Avital, Jason Linder, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Brian Blade, Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Jeff Watts, Sam Yahel, and Joel Frahm among many others.
"As One marks several “firsts” for me. First one with electric bass, first one with electric piano, first one with almost no walking bass lines. This electric quartet had its nucleus when I first heard Kelli play drums. I was immediately hooked. He plays with dynamics, and soul. He listens, and can play intensely without over-powering. His time is great and he gets wonderful tones from his instruments. So much excellence… Devonne and Andy are back with for this record except now Andy is on electric bass (his true love)! Andy’s playing is so free and beautiful. He adds so much to the sound and arrangements of the music here. Is there ANYTHING better than having a killin' bass player in your band? I don’t know. Then the genius that is Devonne is now playing keyboards instead of drums. Anyone who knows Devonne is aware of all the instruments he plays so very well. Ever since I met him in 2010 he’s been a powerful musical force in my life.