All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

7

Shrek Is Love: Vol. 1 - This Is My Swamp

Paul Naser By

Sign in to view read count
It's hard to know where to begin with Shrek Is Love. Their sense of humor and dedication to the Shrek theme could be a completely separate topic of discussion, leaving aside the music. Though this review intends to focus on the compositions and playing, their unique backstory warrants at least a mention.

According to the band, they decided to book a show after "playing the Remix to 'Ignition' by R. Kelly at the Thelonious Monk Institute Room at UCLA" in 2015. "At the time of the booking they had not written any music; however, their love of Shrek spawned a legendary 2-hour, through composed tribute to the best animated movie of all time. Thus, Shrek is Love was born."

However it happened, anyone who listens to them play are glad it did. With Michael Mayo on vocals, Jacob Mann on keys, Nick Campbell on bass and Christian Euman on drums, Shrek Is Love is comprised of LA and NYC musicians playing music with a tight pocket and rich harmonies a la Moonchild and Vulfpeck.

Their debut EP, Shrek Is Love, Vol.1—This Is My Swamp, is an enticing introduction to a band that's sure to become a favorite of fans of Snarky Puppy, KNOWER and the previously mentioned Moonchild. The three song sojourn into their swamp introduces the listener to Mayo's sometimes shockingly good pitch and musicality (he's actually that good live, too), the rhythm section's prowess as a unit and as soloists and, of course, their Shrek inspired lyrics and stories.

Track Listing: Lord Farquaad, This Is My Swamp, Fiona

Personnel: Michael Mayo: Vocals; Jacob Mann: Keyboards; Nick Campbell: Bass; Christian Euman: Drums

Title: Vol. 1 - This Is My Swamp | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read 9 CD/LP/Track Review
9
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 19, 2018
Read For Gyumri CD/LP/Track Review
For Gyumri
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: February 19, 2018
Read Sextet (Parker) 1993 CD/LP/Track Review
Sextet (Parker) 1993
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 19, 2018
Read Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim CD/LP/Track Review
Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim
by Kevin Press
Published: February 19, 2018
Read Orientation CD/LP/Track Review
Orientation
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 18, 2018
Read Romaria CD/LP/Track Review
Romaria
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 18, 2018
Read "Anniversary Package; Lab 2017" CD/LP/Track Review Anniversary Package; Lab 2017
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 24, 2017
Read "3rio" CD/LP/Track Review 3rio
by Pascal-Denis Lussier
Published: May 1, 2017
Read "Autumn Wind" CD/LP/Track Review Autumn Wind
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 3, 2017
Read "Synchronic" CD/LP/Track Review Synchronic
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 25, 2017
Read "Happy Juice" CD/LP/Track Review Happy Juice
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 4, 2017
Read "Back Before Bach: Musical Journeys" CD/LP/Track Review Back Before Bach: Musical Journeys
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 31, 2017