San Francisco Bay Area artist Charles Xavier creates strong musical statements and brings together the free-form artistry of jazz and mixes it in with the passion of punk, funk, rock and the street heat of rap. Often intense, other times fun, his sonic landscapes take listeners on a creative, thought-provoking journey that leave a lasting imprint.
“PERFECT MOLD” is the next digital release for Happy Note Records that will be distributed by the Orchid on November 26, 2013 as “New Age” and available on iTunes, Amazon, and others. In this release, Xavier performs classic rock songs such as Hey Jude, Blowing In The Wind, The Beat Goes On, Fire and Rain, Leaving On A Jet Plane and his evocative compositions. The concept for the release was kept simple, the music was to be recorded on three instruments and by one artist who intuitively arranged the somewhat sparse music and produced a very soothing, organic, soulful, sustaining, emotionally intriguing vibe throughout while encompassing a chill-out / ambient / meditative / music for healing / new age / landscape. The music is available to license for TV, film and the web.
Defying convention, Xavier’s “Xmas Vibe” released in 2010 is captivatingly jazzy, New Age and trance-like with delicate vocals, guitar, piano, vibes, chimes and bells, and sampling and technology. Enchanting, mystical, and abstract, Charles Xavier’s “Xmas Vibe” takes the listener on a creatively harmonious and melodious musical journey through a magical winter landscape of style and unusual flair.
His 2006 release, “The XMan Cometh – Expect the Unexpected,” introduced The XMan, an emcee of sorts who boldly questions the status quo. You’ll hear the unexpected: thick, funky bass beats and the sweet tones of the vibraphone coupled with screaming horns and driving drum lines. You’ll hear stories of sex, politics, and street hustle. Whether it’s the struggle to find love or take up the challenge of standing up for others, The XMan provides music with a message that you will reach for when dark times seem too dark.
In 1982, Xavier co-produced an EP with Glenn Feit (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gary Numan, David Byrne, Bobby Womack), The King Has Come, with Xavier and the Messengers. The album, which features a caricature of Ronald Reagan, is a blend of New Wave, reggae, rock and jazz. It received the Editor's Choice award from Downbeat Magazine. In the mid-'70s, Xavier created an audience and a following on the East Coast with his avant-garde jazz band Satori, appearing in clubs, colleges, festivals, TV and radio.
A jazz drummer since he was sixteen, Xavier was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where the East Coast jazz scene shaped his musical tastes. He studied arranging and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. At the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York, he studied drumming with Jack DeJohnette, Bobby Moses, Stu Martin and Jumma Santos, and creative ensemble performance under the guidance of Karl Berger, Dave Holland, Kalaparusha, and John Ambercrombie.