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N-Side, the healer 

“No LIVE recording will be wasted!” is the latest release of jazz/poetry from the artist N-Side. Norman A. Woods once chose to be recognized and performed as N-Side, the blessed one. He felt that the name represented his appreciation for being able to express his internal struggles and various stages of his triumphs. Later on, he chose to be called N-Side and The Tribe, acknowledging appreciation of his band, which supported his belief that you are only as successful as those you are surrounded by. Never feeling as though there was no place for him in the commercial marketplace, he chose to stop writing and performing for a few years. This time away, provided him time for introspective insight.

N-Side's poetic work is done in a traditional style, which reflects his love of poetry from the "Harlem Renaissance" era. Most of his poetry is influenced by the writing of Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen and so on. His contemporary jazz influences include, but are not limited to, Red Garland, Donald Byrd, Gil Scott-Heron, Sekou Sundiata and his favorite poet, Kamau Da'aood. 

He refers to his style as “Soul dialog”. Covering a variety of subjects, soul dialog is what takes place when you are engaged in meaningful conversation. These are the type of conversations, where each individual can feel as though they can contribute and participate. Transformative empowerment occurs when they walk away with their own enriched thoughts and a stronger sense of being, a sense of purpose and direction. Committed to be of service with his works, he believes that anyone can speak using catchy phrases and display colorful intellectualism. But it takes compassion and humility to touch and move a soul 

After several calls from a small, but very important group of fans, he didn't know he had, a new birth in his creative evolution took place. "Words spoken and heard at the right time, can help someone make necessary and needed life changes. And that's when I understood that my art is not my own" says N-Side, who now goes by the name "N-Side, the healer

Musically, this CD features superb piano playing all throughout the CD, by Keith Saunders, backed by contributions from upright bass extraordinaire, Heshima Mark Williams and Greg McRay on drums

Committed to being of service, and with more emphasize on the poetry, rather than the music, "No LIVE Recording Will Be Wasted!, and all other N-Side CD releases, still remain aimed at contributing to the healing process. This has and will continue to be, a trademark characteristic of N-Side's work.

Norman A. Woods
Tel: 415-250-9855

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