All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

8

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 Mønk CD/LP/Track Review
Mønk
by Chris May
Published: September 20, 2018
Read The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming CD/LP/Track Review
The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 20, 2018
Read Hidden Details CD/LP/Track Review
Hidden Details
by John Kelman
Published: September 20, 2018
Read Selective Coverage CD/LP/Track Review
Selective Coverage
by Jim Olin
Published: September 20, 2018
Read Fat Daddy CD/LP/Track Review
Fat Daddy
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 19, 2018
Read Short Stories CD/LP/Track Review
Short Stories
by Gareth Thompson
Published: September 19, 2018
Read "The Return" CD/LP/Track Review The Return
by Chris May
Published: April 16, 2018
Read "More Songs About Error And Shame" CD/LP/Track Review More Songs About Error And Shame
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2018
Read "Polka (Worldwide Deluxe Edition)" CD/LP/Track Review Polka (Worldwide Deluxe Edition)
by Chris May
Published: August 8, 2018
Read "Find A Light" CD/LP/Track Review Find A Light
by Doug Collette
Published: June 2, 2018
Read "Faustian Pact" CD/LP/Track Review Faustian Pact
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 28, 2018
Read "Organ Monk Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Organ Monk Blue
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: December 30, 2017