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Take Five With Four80East

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Meet Four80East: Four80East is the smooth jazz alter-ego of producers Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace. Since breaking on to the scene in 1998 with the undeniably groovy single “Eastside, the group has been winning fans around the world with their amalgamation of bass-heavy grooves, trancy arrangements and tasty jazz solos.Your sound and approach to music: Our parameters are pretty loose; if it sounds like a Four80East track, then it can go on the record! Generally, we mix loops/electronic sources with live instruments to create a seamless tapestry.Favorite venue: Our favorite venue so far would have to ...

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Four80East: Nocturnal

Four80East a “group name" for the duo of Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace, who composed, mixed, and produced the CD and played the majority of the instruments; an occasional trumpet, tenor sax, or flute makes a cameo appearance. So predictably, it's a highly programmed affair, but as such it's a very likable effort. There's a lot more sonic variety and creativity than you hear in most smooth jazz efforts, which are calculated to soothe and sound familiar rather than challenge. The sticker on the CD box calls it “electro-groove-jazz," and that's a pretty good assessment. “Techno-smooth" might work as well. ...

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Four80East: Nocturnal

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Rather addictive, this. Nocturnal hits so many pleasure points that the listener feels as if mind and body have been opened up. If that sounds psychedelic, so be it: The range of ideas brought to the creative table here starts with Funk and Smooth Jazz, and extends to the trippier complexities of Dub, Minimalist Trance, and Progressive Rock. Like the best Funk, it's luminously to-the-point, nailing all kinds of rhythmic nuances with precise economy. Like Smooth, it has an attractive surface sheen, and makes inspired use of keyboard instruments.

As in the other musics mentioned, strong moods and colors are ...



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