Soulive Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington, Vermont December 13, 2014 Strikingly reminiscent of the Lettuce show October 25 2014, Soulive's extended single set at Higher Ground this night took flight during a blazing solo by guitarist Eric Krasno. It wasn't the only such instance that occurred during the two-hours plus the trio occupied the stage--another cam shortly after when Krasno and keyboardist Neal Evans engaged in some extremely intense interplay--but it was evidence of how ...read more
SouliveHigher Ground South Burlington, VTOctober 26, 2012Opening its two-night run at Higher Ground on October 26, 2012, Soulive played one of the most memorable sets ever offered at either location of the venue. In fact, relying on some of the tried and true from its repertoire (such as Turn It Out") and new material, it took the trio just a little over an hour to demonstrate how much it has progressed in those ten-plus years ...read more
Soulive has experimented in many directions during the course of its decade- plus career, so it's only natural that the group would eventually go back to the basics, and that's exactly what it's done with Rubber Soulive. Comprised entirely of tunes by The Beatles, this project allows the band to get back to its roots in more ways than one (on the inner liner photo, see the suits and ties of their early days) without even covering that particular Lennon/McCartney ...read more
In a very real sense, Up Here is the perfectly appropriate way for Soulive to celebrate a decade together. These jazz funkers have restlessly experimented and modified their three-piece approach in their ten years together, and this debut on their own label is a good summation of what they've done.
Soulive doesn't wait long to get into a groove here and do so via the gritty bounce of Neal Evans' piano dancing in sync with a stately horn ...read more
Soulive Breakout Concord Records 2005
Soulive is nothing if not a young jazz band of the people, playing on the road constantly, interacting with audiences graciously and regularly hosting musicians on stage and on tour. Yet this trio adamantly refuses to release albums that merely reflect its live act, which is a generously funky mix of pure improvisation over deep grooves seasoned with old-school soul, R&B, and contemporary beats.
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Big and chunky, phat and phunky would describe the music on the newest CD Next by the groove based jazz organ quartet Soulive. Two of the more outstanding musical facets that are ubiquitous on this recording are the tightness of the ensemble and the omnipresence of a driving bass line groove. Coupled with the thick sounding harmonies played on organ, clean, precise drumming, and saxophone playing that fits “hand into glove” with the rest of the ensemble, Next is a ...read more
Honestly? I wasn’t intending on reviewing this one... ‘til I heard it! Sophomore slump my sweet a...uhh, Lord. You heard it here first, this recording is going to blow the roof offa Soulive, and the roof, the roof, the roof is already on fire!... catch my meanin’ now? These guys managed to sell truckloads of records last year without getting picked in the top whatever in any of the polls by the major jazz mags. And they have had plenty ...read more
It may not be intentional, but if you say jazz-soul-funk trio Soulive's name slow enough, it succinctly describes their new album Doin' Something :So alive.The Boston trio -- Alan Evans on drums, his brother Neal on Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer and piano, and Eric Krasno on guitars -- combines the improvisations of jazz and the driving backbeat of soul and funk to throw another wrench into the jazz idiom.That's not such a bad thing, ...read more