Pianist, composer and arranger Adi Yeshaya has an impressive discography on his own, and impressive it stays with his new release Shammer Jam. He’s celebrating it’s release this Thursday at Crooners Lounge with the Adi Yeshaya Big Band and many other guests.
Adi’s list of collaborators is far, wide and profound. Including locals Cory Wong, LA Buckner & Dave Karr on the new album. Plus many other notables over the years including Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Judith Hill, Lena Horne. One really special collaborator he’s had in the last decade is the cultural icon, and hometown prodigy Prince. Adi arranged string sections for Prince on a handful of tracks. So far only three of those have been released and the rest “are locked somewhere”, as Adi put it.
On Sunday Morning Jazz, Adi and host Bobby Vandell played “Baltimore” – featuring Adi on string arrangements. His string arrangements were meant to double the guitar solo, but Prince ended up using more of the string arrangements than the guitar solo. Adi and Bobby talk about the recording session at the 145:00 or 2:24:00 mark of the show. You can listen at On-Demand archive of the show here or below. Their entire conversation begins at 120:00 or 2:00:00.
Check out a photo gallery from Adi’s recording sessions for Prince on his website. Featured photo from that gallery and credit goes to Adi Yeshaya