Light Blue Movers
Light Blue Movers begins with a longstanding friendship; Keyboardist Deron Johnson and Guitarist Gabriel Gordon met in LA years ago and began writing, performing, and recording together. Johnson toured with Miles Davis for years, appeared on the Doo Bop album, and was the last keyboardist to play with Miles. Gordon is a session and live player who has worked with many acclaimed musicians, most notably Meshell N’dgeOcello and Natalie Merchant. Johnson and Gordon began writing in earnest together in 2011. As their unique sound emerged, they took it to the stage, adding Drummer Adrian Harpham and Bassist Jonathan Levy.
Adrian Harpham is as in-demand as it gets, with credits ranging from Henry Butler and Bernie Worrell to Donald Harrison and Screaming Headless Torsos. Jonathan Levy, has appeared on over 100 records as a session musician. After arriving in New York in 2011, Levy has worked with greats from Blitz The Ambassador to Jason Lindner to Steve Earle.
After releasing their debut album, ATLAS, on Ropeadope in 2016, Light Blue Movers are back with their new record, Teleological Devolution (the Venice Sessions pt.1), on Modern Icon Recordings, a new Ropeadope imprint label led by Light Blue Movers drummer, Adrian Harpham.
While the band had recorded remotely in the past, they had not all been in one place. At the end of a turmoil filled 2016, they assembled for a show in Los Angeles and hit the studio for rehearsal. Upon arrival at West Triad Studios in Venice, CA, they entered with no songs in existence, no keys, chords, melodies, words, arrangements, or grooves discussed. They let the tape roll and what came out next was unapologetic, searching, sonic freedom that sounded like life itself. The sound of music only for the sake of finding ANY music available in the air. Expression that cannot be verbalized. This body of work is a direct reflection of the world they were in then and still are now.
Teleological Devolution (the Venice Sessions pt.1)
Release Date: September 7, 2018
Deron Johnson - keyboards
Adrian Harpham - drums
Jonathon Levy - electric bass
Gabriel Gordon - electric guitars
Produced By Adrian Harpham and Deron Johnson with Light Blue Movers.
Mixed by Adrian Harpham at Terminator A studio NYC
Mastered by Adrian Harpham at Terminator A studio NYC
All compositions written by Light Blue Movers except
Naiveté written by Jonathan Levy
Deron Johnson Keyboardist/Composer/Producer
Hails from Los Angeles, California. Early in his career, Deron toured with legendary trumpeter, Miles Davis. Deron was the last keyboardist working with Davis in '90-'91 before his death. He appears on the posthumous release "Doo Bop" and several live records with the trumpeter. Deron went on to work with: Stanley Clarke, David Sanborn, Robben Ford, Jeff Beck, Stewart Copeland, Dave Douglas, Stevie Wonder, Boz Scaggs, Michael Mcdonald, Brian Mcknight, Mya, Nikka Costa, Alanis Morissette, Carly Simon, Seal, Macy Gray, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Talib Kweli, Taylor Hicks, Don Alias , Alexi Murdoch, Crissie Hynde, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller and Kenny Garrett. Deron has released one solo album, "Learning To Crawl". He is now heavily involved in composing for film and television.
Adrian Harpham Producer/Drummer/Composer
Adrian grew up in Philadelphia and lives in New York City. Adrian is an in-demand session drummer, who continues to share the stage and studio with a wide range of artists, including: Leo Nocentelli (the Meters), Dr.John, Raphael Saadiq/Lucy Pearl, Chromeo, Tre Hardson (The Pharcyde), Amel Larrieux/Groove Theory, Henry Butler, Bernie Worrell, Donald Harrison, Fred Wesley/Pee Wee Ellis, Thalia, Doug Wamble, Charlie Hunter, Imani Coppolla, Brazilian Girls, Coolio, Tom Scott, Julian Coryell, Global Noize (DJ Logic/Jason Miles), The Screaming Headless Torsos, Ruben Wilson, Melvin Sparks. He has also written and produced 2 solo albums in addition to his work producing many other artists including Monty Alexander, Stephanie Mckay, Leyeux, Julia Brown, Nicklas Sample, Creole Joe, Little Jackie/Imani Coppola, Ben Seawell, Brockett Parsons, Mclain Sullivan and Fima Ephron. He is also the founder of Modern Icon Recordings, the imprint label within Ropeadope.
Gabriel Gordon Guitarist/Composer/coproducer
Originally from Santa Cruz and based in New York, Gordon released 5 solo albums. He has performed and/or recorded with: Meshell N'dgeOcello, Natalie Merchant, Laurie Anderson, Andrew Roachford, Leona Naess, Idina Menzel, Nena, Lokua Kanza, Brazilian Girls, T Bone Burnett, Ron St. Germain, Clark Gayton, Jim Scott, Soup Dragons, Sly Dunbar, Omar, Wax Poetic, Lamont Dozier, Garland Jeffreys, Heather Christian, and David Barat. He continues to tour and record with Natalie Merchant.
Jonathan Levy Bassist/Composer/coproducer
Jonathan is an Israeli musician born to parents of German and Moroccan origin. His musical career began at age eighteen, when he was chosen to play bass with Israel’s leading singer-song writer Yudit Ravitz. He became a sought-after session musician who recorded over a hundred records and toured with Israel’s top artists both in Israel and worldwide. In 2001 Jonathan joined the band, Izabo and made 3 albums ( Sony/BMG) released in Europe- followed by extensive touring worldwide. Before moving to NYC In 2011, Levy worked with many top Israeli artists as a record producer and songwriter. Since his arrival in the sates, he has worked with: Jojo Mayer, Blits the Ambassador, Jason Linder, Mika Harry, David Broza, Steve Earl, Shai Maestro, Ari Hoenig, Beats in The Attic and Daniel Koren.