Guitarist Chance Hayden presents a new studio album, Get Somethin', featuring ten groove-laden tracks that recall and advance upon the early 70s jazz-funk movement with high fidelity. The playlist effortlessly blends five Hayden originals with five distinctively chosen covers including a long-lost James Brown tune "You Mother You," a rare instrumental take on Bill Withers' "Kissing My Love" and a thoughtful re-arrangement of Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free" featuring the inimitable vocals of Jarrod Lawson.
Hayden’s tasteful guitar work is at center stage with surrounding layers that provide rich and balanced soundscapes. The supporting instrumentation bares various keyboards, electric bass and vintage drums with the addition of auxiliary percussion and horns in the right places. A deep well of influences can be recognized from the classic r&b of blaxploitation soundtracks to modern jazz and neo soul. This release is evidence that Hayden is clearly capable of many more and from whichever inspirations he may choose to follow.
Guitarist, composer, arranger and producer Chance Hayden has sustained an active presence throughout Portland, Oregon since 2005. His talent continuously extends to diverse acclaimed artists such as Darrell Grant, Farnell Newton, Andy Stokes, Lindsey Webster, Maimouna Youssef and Mycle Wastman. Hayden garnered international exposure touring throughout fifteen countries alongside Jarrod Lawson, highlights involving Holland’s North Sea Jazz Festival, Japan’s Billboard Live and an exclusive birthday celebration for Stevie Wonder.
Hayden’s talent as a composer has charted through his self-released debut, The Family Tree, from which multiple songs appeared within the acclaimed BET television series Being Mary Jane and Sony Pictures' #1 box office film The Perfect Guy. Furthermore, Hayden's musicality is known through an ongoing video series, Peace House Sessions, in which he has produced celebrated artists including Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri and former backup singer to Prince, Liv Warfield.
As a Portland State University Jazz Studies graduate, Hayden's guitar stylings are well informed through the jazz tradition while equally matched with influence of funky rhythm players a la Curtis Mayfield and Cornell Dupree to story-telling bluesmen such as B.B. King and Johnny Guitar Watson. Hayden's sophomore album and label debut, Get Somethin' (Ropeadope / Atlanta Records), forwards his authentic approach in the jazz-funk idiom. "Hayden is ready to display the results of many years’ listening, learning, teaching, practicing and performing" (Tom D'Antoni of Oregon Music News & KMHD Jazz Radio).