Internationally acclaimed guitarist, composer and producer Chance Hayden returns with Grab & Go, his sophomore album on the Ropeadope imprint Atlanta Records, a lively set of ten fresh originals dubbed as “supremely supple jazz-funk” by Echoes Magazine (UK).
Since his 2018 label debut, Get Somethin’, Hayden has stayed focused on his creative visions while maintaining a busy schedule of local residencies, regional tours and pick-up gigs. After all of those live shows were canceled at the onset of the covid-19 pandemic, Hayden quickly transitioned into more studio projects including a co-write with vocalist Sarah Clarke which resulted in The Comedown, the lead single from Grab & Go, dubbed by SoulTracks as “an inviting mid-tempo piece, comparable at times to Al Green’s Hi recordings of the 1970s.”
With over a decade of sideman performance credits, Hayden has supported many renowned soul and jazz artists including Andy Stokes, Lindsey Webster, Farnell Newton, Mel Brown and Jarrod Lawson with whom he toured fifteen countries: some highlights involving Holland’s North Sea Jazz Festival, Japan’s Billboard Live and an exclusive birthday celebration for Stevie Wonder.
As a producer, Hayden’s work is eclectic from the multi-genre video series Peace House Sessions, to PDX Jazz commissioned concert programs such as With A Little Help From My Friends: Sgt. Pepper at 50 and most recently The Way We Love, a chamber jazz album from singer-songwriter Shelly Rudolph featuring GRAMMY winning cellist David Darling. Hayden’s songs have appeared in major motion pictures and television including the Sony Pictures #1 box office film The Perfect Guy and BET series Being Mary Jane.
“Hayden comes on strong but sweetly on his latest album, Grab & Go, a neo-soul-jazz outing with nods to historical roots, but also lined with modern twists and ear-grabbing harmonic rope-a-dope. This is party-ready jazz, but with brains and nimble guitar venturing in the bargain.” -Josef Woodard (longtime contributor to DownBeat & Jazziz)