Bess

by Pursuit Grooves

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Bess is a tribute to Bessie Coleman (1892-1926), the first Black American female pilot, who left for France to obtain her international pilot's license in 1921. She studied with master pilots in Europe and returned to the US as a spectacular performer and air trickster. She traveled to schools and theaters presenting her skills on film footage, encouraging others that regardless of extreme racial and gender bias she had followed her dreams during a time when it seemed impossible.

Mostly instrumental with a few interludes and one vocal track, this is classic Pursuit Grooves, genreless but moving between the electronic realms of experimental bass, R&B and house music. All of the interludes and track names are inspired by Bessie Coleman's short yet adventurous life.

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released November 15, 2019

Written, Produced and Performed by Vanese J. Smith (BMI)
What Rules Recordings
Mastered by C. Paterson

Book excerpts and interlude text taken from:
Bessie Coleman: The Brownskin Lady Bird by Elizabeth Amelia Hadley Freydberg

NOW Magazine review:
nowtoronto.com/music/album-reviews/pursuit-groooves-bess/

+++++++++++++Special Thanks:
Anthony Valadez (KCRW), Kerem (Dubmission/WYEP), Simon Harrison (Basic Soul Show), Thristian (Global Roots/Worldwide FM), Lil' Dave (Eavesdrop Radio), Nery (Beat by Beat Radio Show), DJ Moxie (NTS Radio), Jay Scarlett (Sounds Supreme), Neil Sherwood (Tell Me I'm Dreaming), Michelle da Silva (NOW Magazine), John-Paul Shiver (48 Hills), Jamie Groovement (Reform Radio), Francis Redman, rRoxymore, Lakuti, Music is My Sanctuary, Paul Simpson (WCBN)

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Pursuit Grooves Toronto, Ontario

Experimental Electronic Travels through Soul, Bass, House and Hip-Hop.

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Track Name: Stand Firm on Wings
You won't deny me
I've got a vision inside
Over the water you'll find me
I move with so much pride
Traveled so far
I'll do whatever it takes
Be back home soon
I will determine my fate

CHORUS
Walking towards destiny
Come on and lift me up
Let's defy the air
Stand firm on wings
And don't give up

Hate won't dissuade me
Wings propel my heart
I'll be the first to do it
And leave my mark
Carefree it's light up here
The clouds embrace me
Therefore I have no fear

CHORUS

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