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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 and free, you were willing to spread the word? It’s been a while hasn’t it? A certain publisher of allaboutjazz was visiting me a month back and I had just received a DTTB advance. I told him thatthe mother lode had just landed...AGAIN! Well, he finally listened and guess which CD is the Publisher’s Pick of the Week? The fine friendly publisher of this webzine is doing his part to spread the word.
Who or what is Down To The Bone, you wonder? Well the core of DTTB is comprised of the production duo ofStuart WadeandChris Morganswho have been making people bump and gyrate since 1997 when they releasedFrom Manhattan to Staten. Think Brand New Heavies nestled between US3 and Groove Collective with a sprinkle of Dazz Band. Why don’t you chew on that succulent phat. It’s tasty enough to make you swallow it whole and spread the word.
Down To The Bone is really nothing more than a non-stop instrumentally fueled, tricked out Cadillac. You love the way it feels down to the bone. Rev it up, put it into overdrive and cruise down the boogie lane all night long. And when you stop to re-fuel, be sure to spread the word.
Each of these ten tracks is in your face, in your blood and down to the bone. Songs like “Sound As A Pound” and “Righteous Reeds” with their buoyant beat, punchy piano and soaring sax make you want to head down to Studio 54. And what will you do when you get there? Light the dance floor on fire and spread the word.
And if you haven’t had enough after seven pounds of sound, then “Bridgeport Boogie” and “The Lowdown” come barreling at you with a double fisted attack of hip hugging swagger flaunting booty drenched bottom end. You’ll swearRick James enlisted Chicagoto be his backing band and they are on a mission to kick out the jams and spread the word.
Damn, I can’t even sit still any longer to even write another thought. I have toGET DOWNTo The Bone. And by reading this, you already know I’ve done my part to spread the word.
Track Listing: Keep On Keepin' On / Sound As A Pound / Righteous Reeds / Bridgeport Boogie / Soul Brother No. 1 / Downtown Shuffle / Black Choice / The Backburner / The Lowdown / Mighty Mighty Fine
Personnel: Stuart Wade (arranger, producer)/ Chris Morgans (arranger, producer) / Tony Remy (guitar) / Paul Turner (bass) / Neil Angilley (piano, keyboards) / Adrian Revell (flute, alto sax) / Gota Yashiki (drums) / Satin Singh (bongos, conga)
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.