Tennerz: Peven Everett – Can’t Do Without (Peven’s New Mix) (Bargrooves)
One of the definitive highlights from the ‘Bargrooves Lounge’ compilation. But however could it be different speakin’ of Peven Everett? One of the most unsung multi-talented artists of his generation… And speakin’ of this remix of ‘Can’t Do Without’. A track which, although it saw the light some 10 years ago on Soul Heaven, sounds as fresh as back in the day.
Here we have a perfect illustration of Everett‘s gift both as a singer, musician and producer. A man who excels in his art, showcasing a real delicacy in both his vocal performances and arrangements. As brilliantly shown on this sweet soulful gem over an Afro-influenced rhythm pattern.
This is timeless (Dance/Soul) music, with ‘Can’t Do without’ just speakin’ for itself. Don’t you think?
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Peven Everett is an artist and voice of the current times.
Born in Harvey, IL. outside of Chicago to a musical family, he was a toddler when he began playing objects as instruments. He shortly there after acquired a drum kit from his mother.
In grammar School he began playing music in a band under the direction of John Weber, and David Eanes. He helped his band earn titles maintaining first chair in multiple instruments. He also played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Betty Carter.
Having gotten a perfect score on his exam at Merit the Carl Fischer Music Academy, Peven was awarded a full Scholarship to The Berkley school of Music at the age of 17. He played his first professional gig at Carnegie Hall and subsequently moved to New York. There, he joined Betty Carter performing and acting as her music director.
New York also gave him the opportunity to play with Wynton Marsalis appearing in his documentary ‘Marsalis on Music’. He toured with Buckshot Lefonque (Brandford Marsalis’ band). It was at this time that the New York Times magazine mentioned him on their columns. It was in an article entitled “The Next Miles Davis May Be On This Page” by the likes of Stephen J. Dubner.
Peven left New York to study and perfect the art of composing his own material using his gift of playing over 13 instruments proficiently as his guide.
He arranged studio sessions with a local DJ where his composition, ‘Gabrielle’, sprung to life with the help of a long time band mate Frank Parker, Jr.. Alvin Alley eventually featured the song on his production, “Grace”.
The song jet propelled his career getting him notices by several different publications such as Straight No Chaser, Time Out and Vibe among others. ‘Gabriele’ earned him appearances on BBC Radio One with Gilles Peterson, and is credited with creating a genre of Dance Music known as Two Step.
However genres of music cannot contain Peven who continues to make music on a consistent basis. The total number of his compositions has risen to well over 50 albums worth of material. This garnered him an Award from Heineken as the Red Star Soul 2006 Independent Achiever.
Peven‘s word of mouth exposure and reputation for his live shows has landed him as a guest on ‘Late Night’ with Carson Day. He has appeared on other TV spots including but not limited to news broadcasts 09 NBC and WGN. He also has been interviewed with countless international DJ’s and Hosts including KCRW’s Garth Trinidad.
In 2008, the readers of the Chicago Reader voted him as the best R&B artist in Chicago.
Often copied but never replicated Peven is an artist with longevity and credibility to share with future generations.
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