“Jonathan Scales is a perfect example of how to make it happen. He’s a great musician, a wonderful person, and is always fun to make music with. It is a pleasure to be on his record along side of the amazing Mononeon.” ~ Victor Wooten
"I wanted to have two of my favorite bass players on the same track but wanted to give them the space to find their way through the composition together. I like to create a musical framework and bring in artists that I love and trust to just do their thing! You can really hear the mutual & musical respect between Victor & Mononeon...especially the way they lay down that supportive duo groove under Christian Scott’s trumpet solo!" – Jonathan Scales
Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. He’s got a new album coming out featuring a pantheon of top-notch players, many of whom Scales grew up listening to and idolizing. I’d love to get your thoughts and see if you’d be open to reviewing it, or connecting with Scales to discuss his new album as well as how it’s themes of loss, perseverance, and triumph reflect Scales’ own journey as an artist who has honed his craft while to taking bold musical risks.
He released a new track via Relix, featuring Béla Fleck.
"Jonathan Scales is a very talented and motivated musician, who is forging new trails for the steel pans. It was my pleasure to play with him on this very challenging and musical piece!" - Béla Fleck
Scales’ upcoming release, PILLAR—his sixth album, and fourth release on taste-maker label Ropeadope—is a testament to the grit and tenacity he possesses. The record features an incredible cast of special guests, including banjo pioneer Béla Fleck, bassists Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge and MonoNeon, trumpeter Christian Scott, Tunde Adjuah, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, keyboardist Shaun Martin and percussionist Weedie Braimah.
PILLAR will be released on September 14th.