ABB Launches ABB Soul Imprint
Top: Peven Everett
Above: Studio Confessions
Over the course of the last several years, Oaklands
ABB Records has expanded from being a regional rap label specializing
in servicing 12" vinyl to hiphop djs to become a nationally
recognized label that has helped to launch the careers of numerous
established artists, including Dilated Peoples, Joey Chavez, and
Defari. Peven Everetts album, Studio Confessions,
is the flagship release on the recently launched ABB Soul imprint,
a division of ABB Records, owned and operated by Beni B, who also
runs the Bay Area Hip Hop Coalition. This was, in fact, only the
second full length album released on cd by ABB. Also in the first
quarter this year, ABB dropped its third album, entitled The
Listening, by North Carolina hip hop crew Little Brother.
Both albums have received substantial national and international
attention and are effectively taking ABB to the next level.
Peven Everett, based in New York since 1992,
returned home to Illinois in 1998 to pursue his career as a producer,
writer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Peven Everett first
came to national recognition on Roy Davis, Jr.s single,
"Gabriel". He plays all the instruments on his album,
including guitar, keyboards, drums, bass, trombone, flute, saxophone
and trumpet. Hes also a very talented dancer. Pevens
background as a jazz artist is clearly evident in his live show
in which he sings, plays acoustic guitar, and Fender Rhodes keyboard
along with his band, Séance Divine. The album was produced,
arranged and performed by Peven, and demonstrates his jazz background,
having been a student at Berklee School of Music and in the touring
group with Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, and Branford Marsalis.
"Studio Confessions" contains smoky
vocals over slow funky beats that should appeal to jazz, pop fans
as well as hiphop fans of artists like the Roots and Slum Village.
The album is a moody marriage of styles. His sound includes, among
other things, soul music's funky tension and release, the hypnotic
long-form of house and hip hop's compacted beats. Everett has
a gift for finding the common rhythmic denominator that lets him
move gracefully among the mediums.