After blessing fans with the latest installment of his Peace House Sessions series, jazz guitarist/composer Chance Hayden keeps the musical gifts coming. The Portland-native teams up once again with singer/pianist Jarrod Lawson to deliver a superb spin on a classic. The frequent collaborators worked their creative magic on Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free” and released a video of them recording the track to boot. The visual captures the brilliance of the band, which features Hayden on guitar, Michael Elson on electric piano, Damian Erskine on bass and Michael Raynor on drums, while Lawson croons each note with the skill and care of a craftsman. As if his dazzling vocal contribution wasn’t enough, he also plays the acoustic piano on the track.
Of the remarkable rendition and his creative counterpart Hayden says, “It is an all-time favorite of mine and absolutely sacred for many. I feel that we’ve honored and rejuvenated the song in a special way; there’s nobody in the world who could have done it like Jarrod Lawson.” We agree, and while we would normally have our side-eye locked and loaded for anyone who dared to touch the work of a legend, we can’t be mad at this impressive tribute to Mr. Hathaway’s greatness.
Watch the live session recording of Chance Hayden and Jarrod Lawson’s rendition of “Someday We’ll All Be Free” below. The track is featured on Hayden’s recently released second album Get Somethin’. The 10-track project is available on all digital platforms and includes an eclectic mix of jazz, funk and blues. Hayden seamlessly blends five original tunes with five expertly executed covers, which also includes James Brown’s “You Mother You” and an instrumental take on Bill Withers‘ “Kissing My Love.”