208

Soulive: Doin' Something

By

Sign in to view read count
Soulive: Doin' Something
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 adds a little jazz and soul flavor.

As the song progresses, Neal Evans plays a piano solo that would probably be heard in a jazz combo. Then the song takes another left turn with a fast techno beat before returning to the original groove.

On the title track, the group adds a horn section led by James Brown trombonist Fred Wesley (who also arranged the horn parts on two songs) and plays one mean solo. Just when you think the song's through, the band picks up another melody line and runs with it.

"Roll the Tape" starts with a syncopated soul rhythm from the group, then heads into improvisation territory. As the core trio keeps the groove moving along, members of the horn section take turns having their way with the musical scale.

You're almost expecting the Godfather of Soul himself to jump in and sing a verse or two.

One of the more adventurous tunes is "One in Seven," which kicks off with the odd-but-not-odd 7/4 time signature, but then leads into a straight-ahead 4/4. Neal Evans takes an extended solo on the B-3 before handing it off to Krasno to embellish.

Soulive's grooves will compel your head to bob to the beat. You might even find yourself getting up to dance to the music. Don't worry; just let yourself go.

Personnel

Soulive: band/orchestra.

Album information

Title: Doin' Something | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Blue Note

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Django-shift
Django-shift
Rez Abbasi
Read West Meets East
West Meets East
Adam Shulman Septet
Read Fela's First
Fela's First
Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers
Read The Rise Up
The Rise Up
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
Read New York Moment
New York Moment
JC Hopkins Biggish Band
Read Pollinator
Pollinator
Matt Ulery
Read Hug!
Hug!
Matt Wilson Quartet

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.