Acclaimed bassist/composer Robert Miller’s – Project Grand Slam, is a Jazz-Rock Fusion band with a twist of Classic Rock and Latin, which has earned over one million video views while defying genres, languages and geographic boundaries. originally formed PGS in 2007. In 2009 the band had a featured role in an episode of the hit NBC-TV series “Lipstick Jungle” starring Brooke Shields and Kim Raver, with five of the band’s tunes featured in the soundtrack and Robert having a speaking part. The band has shared the stage with such artists as Mindi Adair (2x), who appears on the new single “Metro Shuffle.”
PGS released the EP, The PGS Experience, in 2017, and it’s still making noise with the release of “Metro Shuffle” which also features Mindi Abair on saxophone, along with another track on the EP called “Fishin’.” And these are two prime examples of how good this release is, because there is not a bad note in sight from this band, and Mindi Abair lends her spot-on saxophone skills to them. They go beyond the barriers to bring funk, R&B and a healthy amount of rock to what is essentially jazz rooted music. The result is an astonishing display of instrumental and vocal tracks, all of which are done with style, integrity and class.
Mindi Abair is a two-time Grammy nominee and it’s very easy to guess from one listen this a premiere talent whether you’re aware of it or not. This is as good a place as any to hear what Abair is so famous for, and the same goes for the immensely gifted Rober Miller and PGS. The two collide here with major sparks earning them top shelf marks to any ears they reach. “Metro Shuffle” finds them dueling with taste and precision on a sizzling hot instrumental number that shines the spotlight light on every musician involved. These are seasoned pros, and the sound is not a pedestrian production, it’s clean as a whistle.
Robert Miller is a bass player and composer who’s influenced by Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Celtic folk, along with his combined jazz and rock influences to come up with his own unique brand of what most call Jazz-Rock Fusion. But there is more here than categories can possibly describe, as it rounds out a worldly appealing style from the vast directions encompassed. Make no mistake this is cream of the crop from which these musicians are picked to make Project Grand Slam what it is. A first rate Jazz Rock band with much more to offer than most.
You’ll want to keep “Metro Shuffle” on loop for much longer beyond the average playing time as it runs particularly-short but sweet to fit the single status. There’s a vibe that won’t stop for how short the track is, but it’s par for the course and nevertheless you get a lot of bang for the buck. That’s also the case for the entire EP, which contains some very enjoyable live covers and more excellent original content from Miller and CO, making this EP and single a must hear for all true music fans who like their jazz fused with rock and a wide range of other music forms cleverly blended together.