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First Listen: Joe Bowden - Off Groove

Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you. It’s called your “First Listen”

A lot of releases from high profile souls passed thru the music office this week, however we were gratefully caught off guard by the phone calls and the paperwork and the paper envelopes of one Joe Bowden and of course Joe’s rhythmic music.

Bowden is a local drummer and composer that has played with everyone from Maestro Fresh Wes to Dave Young and Jackie Richardson and has just released his debut CD of all original music called Voices in My Head.  As he writes…..  “when I compose, its’ like listening to musical conversations in my head.”  Bits of Miles Davis, The Crusaders and Stevie Wonder influencing those conversations.  It’s a jazz funk swing with a solid backbeat of R and B.  It works.

Robi Botos, Andrew Stewart, Luis Deniz, Louis Botos and Alexis Baro accompany him on his travels with guest appearances by Jane Bunnett and Pat Lababera. 

Joe’s music is available on itunes and Amazon (or you can contact him personally at

Your First Listen for this week belongs to Joe Bowden and a track from Voices In My Head.  The song we’ve chosen for you is “Off Groove” with JAZZFM.91!


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