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Down to the Bone

Down To The Bone is Stuart Wade as producer, writer and mastermind behind the whole groove project, working with other talented musicians and co-writers to bring together a project of good grooves.

Set up at the tail end of 1995 when Wade decided to take a track from the soul band he was in at the time, Think Twice, and remix it to give it a rawer and stripped down feel. The result was the Down To The Bone remix of the track ‘Joy Is Free’ which had great success.

Following on from the success of his remix he teamed up with Think Twice keyboard player, Simon Greenaway, to put together a string of songs. This resulted in the first release on a 12" single of "Staten Island Groove". Released on Internal Bass Records, a label Wade set up with another member of Think Twice. This resulted in rave reviews for the single and club and radio play in the U.K.

It was at this time that Stuart decided to try to complete an album. Wade had to look for future musicians to work with, whilst still working with Internal Bass Records. This resulted in the introduction of musicians like Richard Sadler, Richard Wargent, Neil Cowley, Tim Best in order to complete the first album.

After the completion of "From Manhattan To Staten", a title Wade came up with to show his influences from across the pond, it was decided to try to take the whole sound over to America to see what would happen .Not expecting anything, Wade was astounded by the huge response after two important guys at U.S. Jazz radio, Blake Lawrence and Steve Williamson decided to take it upon themselves to play DTTB on their stations. With support from people like DJ Chillfreeze, Marc E Copeland, Rick Laboy, Cozmic Cat and Andrea DJ Sun and some Urban radio interest, DTTB was introduced to a US audience.

It was clear DTTB happened to be in the right place at the right time. The momentum grew and "From Manhattan To Staten" reached No.2 in the National US Billboard Jazz Chart, No.3 in the Gavin Jazz chart and No 4 in the Radio and Records Jazz Chart. DTTB was also the No.1 top selling independent Jazz artist of 1999, No 5 top selling Jazz artist and album of 1998 and No 5 top selling Jazz artist and album in 1999 and with a string of radio hits in the U.S it shows how DTTB have been able to accumulate well over half a million sales worldwide.

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Album Review

Down to the Bone: Future Boogie

Read "Future Boogie" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The problem with Down to the Bone's Future Boogie is this: what the band is doing in the present, they've done better in the past.Two years ago, Down to the Bone (DTTB) celebrated their first decade of bringing the funk with a terrific studio album, Supercharged (Narada/2007), and a well-assembled compilation, The Best of Down to the Bone (Narada/2007). The two releases provided an excellent introduction to where this British band had been and a road map to ...

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Down to the Bone: Supercharged

Read "Supercharged" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The premise of Supercharged, the seventh album by Down to the Bone, is a simple one. It only asks the listener one question: “Do you wanna get down? For those that answer with an affirmative “Good God, yes" this is your reward.This is bobbing your head, wiggle your butt in your seat music. No ballads, no lame stabs at hip-hop or rap, just good ol' soul music with real musicians playing real instruments. All the overly ...

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Down to the Bone: Cellar Funk

Read "Cellar Funk" reviewed by Brian Soergel

In 1996, when Down to the Bone’s From Manhattan to Staten shook the doldrums off smooth jazz, this new sound was fresh, funky and just plain fun. It still is. DTTB, led by British producer Stuart Wade, is now a veteran of the groove-jazz genre, whose dance staples are hip enough to be packaged into many smooth jazz discs.

DTTB works like this: Wade hums a melody, hears what instruments might come into play, and, along with ...

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Down To The Bone: Spread The Word

Read "Spread The Word" reviewed by Rob Evanoff

Ever have a rump quaking groove reach down to the bone and move you? Literally! Well, either you have or you haven’t but you would definitely know if you had. I tell you what...check out Down to the Bone’s third album for even just a paltry 30 seconds and you’ll soon be willing to spread the word.

Have I not enticed your sensibilities? Probably not, since you’re still reading. When was the last time you heard a CD so alive ...

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Down To The Bone Makes GRP Debut With Crazy Vibes And Things

Down To The Bone Makes GRP Debut With Crazy Vibes And Things

Source: All About Jazz

UK-based outfit to release new album on May 21st

On Tuesday, May 21st, 2002, the UK-based jazz/groove outfit Down To The Bone will release Crazy Vibes and Things, their debut on GRP Records. Down To The Bone's trademark sounds are in place on Crazy Vibes and Things, which was produced and arranged by Down To The Bone mastermind Stuart Wade.

The album features the same tight community of musicians that have been performed on past Down To The Bone albums ...


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