Biscuit Rouse

drums, vocals
jazz, rock, soul
2023: Sept

Drummer/Bandleader James “Biscuit” Rouse Salutes BUDDY MILES with New Album

Drummer/singer/songwriter/ bandleader, producer and Philadelphia native James “Biscuit” Rouse, is proud to announce the release of his debut album " Biscuit and Buddy”.
"Biscuit and Buddy” is scheduled for worldwide release in the summer of 2023 on German funk/jazz label Leopard, part of Delta Music Media as well as the digital release "Biscuit and Buddy” will be released  physically on 180gram Direct Digital Mastered vinyl and CD. 2 singles will be released in Summer 2023 leading up to the full album release.
“Biscuit and Buddy” is Rouse’s tribute to the departed singer/songwriter behind the drum kit who worked his way from the 1960’s R&B circuit to launching the Electric Flag and Band of Gypsies while carving a path with his own band and as a solo artist until his passing.
This release is more than just a tribute album, for it not only contains Miles’ classics such as “Them Changes” and “Life Is What You Make It” (Rouse’s version featuring a searing guitar solo from Vernon Reid), but classics done the way he would’ve recorded them, such as the Memphis soul gem, “Don’t Mess With Cupid” and Neil Young’s “Down By The River” (horn arrangement courtesy of V. Jeffrey Smith, formerly of the Family Stand). In addition, Rouse contributes many self penned originals he arranged as well, reflecting the genre-busting spirit of Buddy Miles. "Biscuit and Buddy"  honors a legendary drummer and bandleader.
“I chose to do this project because George ‘Buddy’ Miles has inspired me as a musician,” says  Rouse.  “It has inspired me to not recreate his works note for note but to create an exploration of his musical legacy. Buddy is the blueprint for what I am aspiring to do as a drummer that can sing.  His music is timeless and heartfelt.  You can feel every emotion he sings about, his feel as a drummer and grooves are an undeniable force.”
Established as an in demand drummer "Biscuit" has also served as the musical director for Miss Lauryn Hill, Vivian Green and Syleena Johnson, has explored many genres of music through his works - ranging from House music with producer Kenny “Dope’ Gonzales to touring with Vernon Reid as well as the Screaming Headless Torsos.
Biscuit is also a talented producer and songwriter working with several talented artists including Haitian award winning producer/film scorer Jerry Wonda (Fugees), and rising artist 'The Violin Diva" whose Biscuit produced song "Bethlehem" is featured in the recent  film "Miracle Before Christmas"

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Line Up Trio:
James “Biscuit” Rouse - voc, drums
Doug Wimbish - bass
Mark Bowers - git