Cody ChesnuTT

Propelled into the spotlight when his song The Seed was given a reboot by hip hop group The Roots back in 2002, Cody ChesnuTT is back with his second album Landing on a Hundred.  But while album #1, The Headphone Masterpiece, was recorded on a four-track studio in his bedroom, Landing on a Hundred is on a different planet, production-wise.  Cut at the legendary Royal Studios, Memphis, with a hefty backing band, ChesnuTT used Al Green’s microphone and the same kind of two inch audio tape as the likes of Green, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke and Terry Callier way back when. But if there is a sumptuous, slick retro vibe to the album it is not so much about looking back as capturing the true spirit of soul with a set of new songs that frequently touch on genius.  In this light, the attention to production detail is an effort to sow authenticity into every seam. ChesnuTT has explained the album title thus: “Landing on something truthful. Landing on something purposeful…something meaningful.” ChesnuTT has described his music as a succession of impressions on a long journey, so sit back and enjoy the ride or… Catch him at the Highline Ballroom New York on October 16, where he will join Meshell Ndegeocello for an evening dedicated to the songs of Nina Simone.

Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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