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 amid tightly integrated rhythms and punchy horn charts. All, with a finely constructed yet delightfully brazen mode of attack. With “Roll The Tape”, Hammond B-3 organist Neal Evans, cunningly weaves in and out of Jeremy Pelt’s reverb-laden trumpet solo and guitarist Eric Krasno’s groove orientated strumming. Overall, the musicians’ conjure up engagingly appealing and harmonically rich motifs atop crisp beats and an infused sense of forward motion. Hence, the band’s chemistry speaks volumes here!
Personnel: Eric Krasno; guitar: Neal Evans; Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer, Piano: Alan Evans; Drums: On selected tracks: Fred Wesley; Trombone: Jeremy Pelt; Trumpet: Jacques Schwarz-Bart; Tenor Sax: Stephanie McKay; vocals.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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