Miles Mosley is a musical force to be reckoned with as a founding member of and upright bass player for the innovative collective of Los Angeles-bred jazz-fusion musicians known as the West Coast Get Down. The loose collection of musicians associated with the West Coast Get Down—which also boasts names like Kamasi Washington and Thundercat—has been credited with revitalizing the jazz scene in Los Angeles and beyond, quickly becoming the faces of a new generation of players and increasingly believed to have brought the genre back in vogue among younger listeners across the country. For Mosley, outside of his own solo career and work with the West Coast Get Down, the bassist has an enviable resume, having worked with the likes of Chris Cornell, Kendrick Lamar, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, Jeff Beck, Rihanna, and more.
Widely considered one of the world’s premier upright bassists, Miles Mosley has been likened to “Jimi Hendrix of the upright bass.” Such comparisons are not out of left-field either, with the forward-thinking bassist putting on masterful live shows that make use both of his own pristine vocal abilities in addition to his innovative bass stylings and a horn section. Today, the bassist and vocalist debuts the official video for his latest single, “Shadow of Doubt”, off his brand-new album, UPRISING, which was released earlier this year in January. Live For Live Music is proud to premiere the official music video for Miles Mosley’s “Shadow of Doubt.” You can take a look for yourself below. Enjoy!
Mosley’s UPRISING is part of a collection of albums recorded by the West Coast Get Down back in December of 2011. The various members of the Los Angeles collective set aside their various other projects for the month, instead dedicating all their time to thirty straight days of recording together. Recording from 9 am to 2 am, each day was divided into three-hour sessions, with each segment being led by one member of the Get Down while the others followed. What came from those now-famed recording sessions were over 190 distinct songs, with each core member of the West Coast Get Down walking away with his own distinct solo album backed by the others in the collective. Kamasi Washington’s The Epic was the first to be released of these intensive recording sessions and immediately gained critical acclaim, but by no means should readers sleep on the going-ons of the other collaborators.
If Miles Mosley’s “Shadow of Doubt” is any evidence, the bassist and vocalist is set up to enjoy the fruits of success for long into the foreseeable future. His voice is decisive and powerful, with the smooth background of strings, piano, horns, and crisp drums making the tune feel all the more sharp. The straight-forward and positive tone of the song’s lyrics beautifully contrasts the complexity of the backing instrumentals, making for a feel-good tune with profound depth. You can learn more about Miles Mosley on his website here.