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Soulive: South Burlington, VT, October 26, 2012

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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 Soulive has been visiting Vermont.Notwithstanding the Halloween masks the trio wore to mark the upcoming occasion, the band's ...

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Soulive: Rubber Soulive

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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 tune. Booker T & The MGs devoted an entire work to The Beatles on McLemore Avenue (Stax, 1970), ...

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Soulive: Up Here

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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 section. Brother Alan, who produced the album, smashes his drum kit all along as the organ alternates with keyboards before ...

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Soulive: Breakout

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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.

A short instrumental fade, one of three such “Interludes on the disc, introduces one of the primary influences on Soulive: the ...

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Soulive: Next

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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 clinic in soulful grooving jazz, and a worthy addition to the discography of great organ based jazz groups.

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Soulive: Next

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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 of ink - all of it lustrous and shiny. Granted, not so much of it has appeared in the so-called ...

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Soulive: Doin' Something

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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, though.“Bridge to 'Bama" is based on a hip-hop groove that Alan Evans concocted, but tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart ...

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Soulive: Doin' Something

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The organ/guitar/drums trio known as “Soulive”, reaps the benefits of soul godfather, James Brown’s heralded trombonist Fred Wesley, who arranges and performs on selected pieces in concert with a four-man horn section. And while this band generates nothing conceptually new, they do manage to stir up quite a bit of excitement throughout these eleven vibrant pieces.

On their newly released “Blue Note Records” debut titled, Doin’ Something the musicians’ provide us with a funk-soul brew that often rekindles memories of similar excursions witnessed during the often exploratory 70's. However, this ensemble successfully integrates toe-tapping dance grooves, with ultra hip funkiness ...

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Soulive: Turn It Out

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This Vermont-based organ trio has its vibe rooted deep in 1972. That's probably about the time when these three were born. But they have that bell-bottom shaking, platform-shoe tapping Grant Green groove thing down cold. Their name, which they manage to live up to quite well, may be a pun. But their act is the real thing. They're tight. And it feels real.Guitarist Eric Krasno tends to dominate the proceedings. But his is a clean, clear sound derived from the soulful single-line strategies of Grant Green and George Benson. He's a sensational soloist who knows how to spice ...



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