All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

125

Soulive: Next

By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
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.






The level of musicianship of Soulive is extremely high as evidenced by impressive ensemble playing. Each instrument fits precisely with every other like the pieces of an aural jigsaw puzzle creating one unified sound mass. A predominating bass line underscores the tightness of the group. Improvised solos even take somewhat of a backseat in a mix that tends to continually balance the bass in forefront of the musical texture. The excitement of Soulive is exemplified in what sounds like cut from one of their live performances, “E.D. Hambone.” If there is a weakness on Next it is the cut “Joyful Girl” that features a vocal by Dave Matthews. Although it is understood that a touring relationship has existed between Soulive and Dave Matthews, on this CD, Matthews sounds out of his element, and his performance is not enhanced by a song that has a rather overly urbane sound and rather innocuous and trite sounding lyric.






For fans of other Blue Note artists such as Medeski, Martin and Wood, or other jazz groups that emphasize strong backbeats and soulful, funky grooves, Next will definitely be satisfying to the ear. The collaborative work of the members of Soulive coupled with their high level of musicianship have taken the jazz organ quartet to another plane of creative existence.


Track Listing: Tuesday Night's Squad, Flurries, Liquid, Kalen, Clap! Featuring Black Thought, Deitch's Interlude, Nay-Nay, I Don't Know, Whatever It Is, Alkime, E.D. Hambone, Bridge To Bama, Joyful Girl

Personnel: Neal Evans, Eric Krasno, Alan Evans, Sam Kininger, Amel Larrieux, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Dave Matthews

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Blue Note Records | Style: Funk/Groove


Shop For Jazz

Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
  • Next by Craig W. Hurst
  • Next by Phil DiPietro
Read more articles
[no cover]
Spark!
Royal Family Records
2012
buy
Rubber Soulive
Rubber Soulive
Royal Family Records
2010
buy
Up Here
Up Here
Royal Family Records
2009
buy
[no cover]
Steady Groovin'
Blue Note
2005
buy
[no cover]
Break Out
Concord Records
2005
buy
[no cover]
Back Again

2005
buy
Freddie Hubbard Freddie Hubbard
trumpet
John Scofield John Scofield
guitar
Jim Hall Jim Hall
guitar
Gil Scott-Heron Gil Scott-Heron
vocalist
Gary Burton Gary Burton
vibraphone
Bela Fleck Bela Fleck
banjo
Charlie Hunter Charlie Hunter
guitar, 8-string
Maceo Parker Maceo Parker
saxophone
Greyboy Allstars Greyboy Allstars
band/orchestra

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.