Euge Groove: Livin' Large (2004)
Like Richard Elliot, Groove has a knack for memorable melodies and for coaxing the max out of his sax—it growls, hits impossibly low notes and always sounds like it’s the way the instrument was meant to sound. You hear that on “Silhouette,” which is enhanced by some snappy keyboard runs. The title track, “Livin’ Large,” “XXL” and “Tool Cool” are templated Groove tunes, with their repeated melodies and mid-tempo grooves building to climaxes. No sax star worth his reeds would miss a chance to play a ballad, which Groove can do like no one else: “The Gift” is a change of pace, with Groove picking up the soprano sax and laying down some beautiful notes. Elsewhere, on “Cobolicious,” Groove uses wordless vocals and some jazzy piano for a change of pace.
Perhaps the most listenable song here is one you’ll probably recognize: James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.” It’s no wonder Groove included it as it the perfect match for a smooth jazz cover.
Track Listing: Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight; Livin' Large; XXL; Take You Higher; Thank You; The Gift; Too Cool; Talk to Me; Silhouette; Cabolicious; Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again
Personnel: Euge Groove (saxophone); Jeff Carruthers (guitars, keys and programming); Tony Maiden (guitar); Alex Al (bass); Luis Conte (percussion); Paul Brown (guitar, percussion, drum programming); DC (digital editing); David "Khali" Woods (keys, programming); Johnny Britt (keys and programming); JBS (rap); Roberto Vally (bass); Herman Jackson (piano, strings); Herman Jackson (Fender Rhodes, piano, synths, vibes); Lil' John Roberts (drums); Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar); Bridgette Bryant (vocals); Lee Thornberg (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ollie Marland (Rhodes, programming); Ricky Peterson (organ);
Record Label: Narada Jazz