Jazz Great Miles Davis Home Town Finally Creates a Jazz Record Label…First Release May 19…Raw & Uncut… "East St. Louis Jazz From the Vault” Volume 2, 1989 – 1992, The Spirit of Miles Davis Back in the Atmosphere"… Some of the Earliest Professional Recordings of Now - New millennium Jazz Lions on this Good Ground Records CD feature Two time Grammy Nominee, East St. Lousian, Russell Gunn on Trumpet with Bass man Steve Kirby's Jazz Septet and the groups winning songs that won the $10,000 First Prize in the 1992 Hennessey Cognac's Best Jazz Search Contest (See bio). With Willie Akins, Tenor Saxophone, Ken Bleu Campbell, Congas, Timbales, & Percussion, Rob Block, Guitar, Kim Portnoy, Piano, and Gary Sykes, Drums.
Also recorded live at the Historical Missouri Botanical Garden's First Annual Jazz in June Series 1993, the Rob Block Latin Jazz Sextet Lay down some nice original Latin Jazz Songs… The Personnel for this set include Russell Gunn, Willie Akins, Ken Bleu Campbell, 1997 New York Best New Jazz Artist nominee Gregory Tardy, Tenor Saxophone, with Jaime Restrepo, Bass, Keyboard, Alex "Bo" Deal, Congas, with Mattheo Mulcahy & Dan Fermin adding percussion. Project also includes a never released song (Red Room Poppin) from the 1990 Russell Gunn Quintet with Greg Tardy, Lesmoisne Carlise, Jim Green, Rob Block, and Ken Bleu Campbell… Other Musicians include Webster University (St. Louis, Mo.) Music Instructors and musicians Paul DeMarinis, Kim Portnoy, Randy Smith, Dan Eubanks, Emmanuel & Kenyon Harold and others… The Musicians on this album have collectively recorded 15 personal projects with respected jazz industry record labels ( Atlantic, Impulse, Palmetto, Maxx Jazz, Justin Time ) and have performed on over 75 other CD projects with well known musicians including; Branford & Winton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, John Hicks, George Mesterhazy, Mulgrew Miller, Nicholas Payton, Maxwell, DeAngelo, Arturo Sandoval, The Rebecca Parris Quartet, James Moody, Elvin Jones, and many others.
Ken Bleu Campbell, aka Kenny Candela, also worked as comedian Steve Harvey’s Bio Writer and publicist in 1988 along with Harvey’s manager, the late Juan Hull, which is Ken’s first cousin. Russell Gunn enlisted Ken to produce the audio intro for his “Ethnomusicology 3” album as well.