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Altered Natives

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF | AFM

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF | AFM
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Ola, you sound is good and I play on radio 5 times a month.

Jorge Medeiros - Musicatotal Radio

Dear Derrick, We added "Altered Natives" to our library on 2/8/2006. Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Wade Tolleson Assitant Music Director - WRUW-FM 11220 Bellflower Rd. Cleveland, OH 44106

-Wade Tolleson

Hi Derrick. Thanks for sending me your CD. It has received extensive airplay. I hope the release was successful for you. Kind regards Robbie Robinson, Blue Trane Show, Valley FM 89.5, Canberra, Australia.

-Rob Robinson - Valley FM 89.5

Full album was presented in "New music hour" program. Radio Continent (Kiev)

-Victor Kaminskiy - GRS Radio

Bonjour, thanks for your real great music. I added it to my WJAZ broadcast play list on RADIO PLURIEL 91.5FM in France, plus worldwide INTERNET via our web site. Best regards, Jacques Perrichon - RADIO PLURIEL91.5

Very impressive music. I just featured a track on my Native Son Rising radio show which you can see the playlist of at Thnaks for turning me on. Good vibes.

-Doug Wendt - Midnight Dread / KECG

Hi, i loved this CD and have played a couple of the tracks on my jazz radio shows here in New Zealand. I sent a personal email to Derrick to let him know that I have played a few tracks. Thank you for sending it to me. All the best, Mark Robinson - Its A Jazz Thing Ltd

The man behind Altered Natives is Derrick Graves, producer, composer and featured artist. Graves plays bass, keyboards and does all programming. He extracts a lot of syncopated funk out of the electronic wizardry on "Spanish Rice" and it is here that we get the first exposure to his exceptional talent playing the bass. As predicted there is a rock influence on "Piece of the Rock" and more strong bass on the finale "Bass Metaphor" leaving us confident that we'll be hearing more from Derrick.

-D. Oscar Groomes - O\'s Place Jazz Magazine

Derrick Graves is an artists with vision. His music is deeply personal and he is following his own muse with confidence and self-assurance which indicate a musician of feeling and love for the music he creates and performs. This is completely his own music from every aspect and therefore original and it feels when performed by Dennis. Simplefied production adds a personal note and touch of an artists who strives to catch his perfect note!

-Vasja Ivanovski - 94.1 FM RADIO 2

What a great sound you have, I have played several of your tracks to date and plan to schedule more in future programs. Keep up the good work and please keep me up to date with your progress Regards Michael Criddle OzRadio

-Michael Criddle
- Triple H-FM


Altered Natives CD available now from Mastermind Productions!

1. Progress
2. Altered Natives
3. Spanish Rice
4. Interlude
5. Play Day
6. Palm Reader
7. Bag Ladies
8. Peace of the Rock
9. Bass Metaphor

*Special guests include Darryl Johnson, Robert Landrum, Bing Aragon,& Jeff Lee Johnson.



I was born a native Philadelphian during the time when music was considered to be at its renaissance period. By this, I mean the time when the be-bop period was so-called ending, and the onset of a new decade of experimental types of music began.

At this time, musicians such as Prince had recorded "I Wanna Be Your Lover, The Beatles ending their era as a band, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones were all recording music that was changing the approach& minds of younger musicians growing up and aspiring to follow
in their footsteps. This sparked my interest & guided my approach to developing my musical taste & style!

I learned to play piano at an early age, five, thanks to my aunt's instruction. She was the organist for her church. I later took up the violin when I was in junior high school and performed in the "All-City" orchestra for four years. During this time I met many other fellow musicians who introduced me to other forms of popular and jazz music. I might add that I grew up in a household where music, particularly jazz music, was heard quite often. My mother and father were musical, and encouraged me to learn and appreciate all styles of music from classical to rock. While in high school, I became very interested in what was called dance/funk/ rock (psychedelic) music of the 60's & early 70's. It was at this point that I decided to take up the guitar, and shortly after, the electric bass. I formed my first band three months later and never looked back.

I began to jam and record with many different musicians. Some of them were, Kevin Eubanks and George Howard. Most recently my production company Mastermind has played host to such artists as Eve and As Yet. The current projects I am working on are Victoria Wallace (Euro Dance / House), Rodney Mansfield (R&B / Smooth Jazz) and a hip hop rap/vocal duo called Range & Smooth, and a young lady rapper/spoken word artist named Jalimaah.

Today, I would describe my involvement with the music business as trying to keep up with the new wave of technology that exists. Over the past five years, I've tried to immerse myself in situations which enable me to keep up to date with the recording, producing, & engineering side of the industry, as well as maintain my ability to play my axe, and perform my own music. "Altered Natives" is a fusion of to day's technological advances on yesterdays, today's & tomorrows music! In the future, I plan to again do more recording projects in "live" situations as well as in film scoring.