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MEET THE MAN

James “Bonzai” Caruso is a Six Time Grammy Winning Recording and Mix Engineer, Producer, Arranger, and Song Writer, with over three decades of experience working with high profile recording artists.

 

Bonzai started his career as a teenager, attending the world-renowned Institute of Audio Research in Greenwich Village, where he began honing his skills in NYC’s finest studios. By his early 20’s, he was already making a name for himself.

 

Bonzai was credited with creating new sounds with artist like Grand Master Flash, Melle Mell, Africa Bambatta, and Ice T,  just to name a few. His mixing style caught the “ear”  of producers and artists such as Sean “Puffy” Combs, Mary J. Blidge, Notorious B.I.G., Jodeci, Missy Elliot, and Faith Evans, C&C Music Factory, Madonna, NAS  and several others.

 

Bonzai’s work on “Shy Guy” by Diana King led to a call from Stephen Marley, son of the late, great Bob Marley, and a collaborative musical relationship formed, that continues to this day. Together, they have collaborated on many chart-topping hits including : “Welcome to Jamrock” - Damian “Jr Gong” Marley. Stephen Marley’s debut Album, “Mind Control”, (also in an acoustic format). Nas and Damian Marley’s “Distant Relatives” album, Stephen Marley ”Revelation”, Damian Marley’s “Stone Hill” album and many more..

 

Bonzai’s work can also be heard on Chronixx “Chronology” album, Alicia Keys, Protoje’ Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, Missy Elliot, Erykah Badu, Bette Midler, Lenny Kravitz, Cher, and the list goes on and on.

 

In addition to producing and mixing for artists, Bonzai composes original music for film and TV. Recently he has written music for several Independent Films, pieces for Phillip Morris, CMT, Adidas, and several soon to be released campaigns.

 

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, …. Bonzai believes, His Best is Yet to Come….

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DISCOGRAPHY

Below is a list of some of Bonzai's work as a Recording and Mix Engineer. The genres range from Reggae, Pop, Hip Hop, Rock and Dance. "I feel very blessed to have been a part of the making of these great recordings and 'looking forward to many more."

– Bonzai Caruso

Alicia Keys - UnderDog(remix)
Alicia Keys - UnderDog(remix)
Damian "Jr Gong" Marley
Damian "Jr Gong" Marley

Welcome To Jamrock (2 Grammy Awards)

Damian Marley - Stony Hill
Damian Marley - Stony Hill
Cronixx Cronology
Cronixx Cronology
Stephen Marley
Stephen Marley

Revelation, The Root of Life. (Grammy 2012)

Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley
Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley

Distant Relatives

Mortimer - Lightning
Mortimer - Lightning
Protoje - A Matter Of Time
Protoje - A Matter Of Time

Blessed to have worked on few tracks on this Grammy Nominated Album.

Jah Cure - Royal Soliders
Jah Cure - Royal Soliders
Mortimer - Fight The Fight
Mortimer - Fight The Fight
Jah Cure ft. Damian Marley - Marijuana
Jah Cure ft. Damian Marley - Marijuana
Protoje-drops-Ancient-Future-album
Protoje-drops-Ancient-Future-album
KatchaFire -Legacy
KatchaFire -Legacy
John Butler Trio
John Butler Trio
Super Heavy
Super Heavy

Miracle Worker

Damian "Jr Gong" Marley
Damian "Jr Gong" Marley

Welcome To Jamrock (Single)

jahcure_thecure
jahcure_thecure
Nneka-My-Fairy-Tales-Album-Artwork
Nneka-My-Fairy-Tales-Album-Artwork
stephen-marley-jah-army-revelation-pt-1-feat-dami-170x170-720931
stephen-marley-jah-army-revelation-pt-1-feat-dami-170x170-720931
Stephen Marley
Stephen Marley

Mind Control: Various Album Mixes (Grammy Award Winner 2007)

Stephen Marley
Stephen Marley

Mind Control Acoustic: Various Album Mixes (Grammy Award Winner 2009)

Stephen Marley
Stephen Marley

You and Me Attract (Single)

Stephen Marley
Stephen Marley

Bongo Nyah

Stephen Marley ft. Snoop Dogg
Stephen Marley ft. Snoop Dogg

Traffic Jam

Bob Marley
Bob Marley

Legend (2013 Remixes)