On the debut album with The Funk Apostles, â€˜Art of Love,â€™ organ virtuoso Cory Henry demonstrates thatâ€™s he more up for the challenge, moving from sideman to front man with seemingly effortless grace and cool. Praised by AllMusic as â€œone of the finest Hammond B-3 organ players of his generation,â€ Henry also proves himself to be a remarkable singer and songwriter here, one of extraordinary depth and vision. He and the band whip up an intoxicating blend of blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, gospel, and jazz on the record, blurring genres and upending expectations at every turn. Simultaneously futuristic and retro, experimental and classic, itâ€™s the sound of one of modern musicâ€™s most inventive minds coming fully into his own as a bandleader and storyteller.
A Brooklyn native, Henry may be best known for his role in Snarky Puppy, the instrumental jazz-pop orchestra hailed by Rolling Stone as â€œone of the more versatile groups on the planet right now.â€ Heâ€™s won a pair of GRAMMY Awards for his work with the band since 2012, but Henryâ€™s deft keyboard skills have been blowing minds around the world for more than two decades now. At six, he made his debut at Harlemâ€™s legendary Apollo Theater, and at nineteen, he joined the touring band of jazz icon Kenny Garrett. Since then, heâ€™s toured or recorded with everyone from Bruce Springsteen and The Roots to P. Diddy and Yolanda Adams in addition to cracking the Top 10 on Billboardâ€™s Jazz charts with a pair of solo albums. NPR called him â€œa masterâ€ and said his â€œmusical charisma is a match for a nearly 400 pound organ,â€ while Keyboard Magazine dubbed his playing â€œsoulful, church-y, playful, restrained, and virtuosic,â€ and The Boston Globe raved that â€œif anyoneâ€™s going to preach the gospel of the Hammond organ, it should be Cory Henry.â€