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Zo!, Carmen Rodgers, and Sy Smith Show Us Some California Love

Zo!, Carmen Rodgers, and Sy Smith Show Us Some California Love

Neo Soul Cafe is blessed and honored to share with you a video/short film (Directed by Shawn Carter Peterson) that showcases a few of our favorite artists, Zo! Sy Smith and Carmen Rodgers rocking out to their individual songs as a collective.

“California Love – A Triptych” – Zo!, Carmen Rodgers, Sy Smith
Director: Shawn Carter Peterson

In the spring of 2015, Zo!, Carmen Rodgers and Sy Smith came together as an underground soul power trio, playing live shows on the west coast for a stint they called the “California Love Tour”. Director Shawn Carter Peterson filmed the Los Angeles performance and created a beautiful long play video/short film, capturing the trio’s musical mastery and camaraderie in this presentation of three captivating singles from the show. Sy playfully flaunts her quick-paced scatting chops on “Personal Paradise”, Carmen drips with honey-coated cooing on “It’s Me”, and Zo! shows off his piano virtuosity with “Flight Of The Blackbyrd”. The acoustic set exhibits a beautiful simplicity of instrumentation; just piano (Zo!), upright bass (Maurice Ellis) and drums (Stacey Lamont Sydnor) which makes plenty of sonic room to experience the tunes stripped all the way down. And just like the human form, these tunes are even better naked. Check out the video below …. Enjoy!

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