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"Actual Proof, a quartet based in Charlotte, North Carolina, consists of vibraphonist Eric Mullis, keyboardist Silas Aldridge, electric bassist Phillip W. Berkley III. and drummer-percussionist Scott Brower. Paradigm Shift is their first full-length CD and it is a very impressive effort.

On Paradigm Shift, Actual Proof revitalizes jazz fusion. Their music is always funky (with powerful bass playing by Berkley), and utilizes the sound of rock, particularly on numbers where guitarist Clint Presley is a guest. But the jazz quotient is also quite high for the band constantly improvises, tugging at and stretching the boundaries of funky fusion, bringing in the best qualities of electric jazz and rock.

The ten group originals set specific moods but are also often episodic with surprises heard along the way, especially the switch to double-time on “Mongo.” Among the other memorable aspects of this well-rounded program are the melody (in 7/4 time) of “The Ion,” the early 1970s groove of “Level It Out,” the way that “Island” develops from a two-chord vamp into a sophisticated song, the otherworldly ensemble sounds on “Future Time,” the infectious funk groove of “Taboo,” and the bluesy ballad “It's Not Goodbye.”

While each of the musicians in Actual Proof are excellent soloists, it is the distinctive ensemble sound that really sticks in one's mind


Actual Proof

Featuring the music of Bob van Luijt
Duration: 3:40

American guitar virtuoso (Steps Ahead, Till Bronner and others) Bryan Baker plays with Bob van Luijt and Sebastiaan Cornelissen.

Paradigm Shift

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009



The Crazy Eight

Featuring the music of Actual Proof
Duration: 4:14

An original song by the jazz-fusion quartet Actual Proof. Performed live at the The Evening Muse (Charlotte NC). November 7, 2009. Eric Mullis (vibes), Silas Aldridge (keys), Phillip Berkley (bass), Scott Brower (drums).

News: Technology

Actual Proof Featured on the Alternatemode Website

Actual Proof Featured on the Alternatemode Website


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Actual Proof

Read "Take Five With Actual Proof" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Actual Proof:Actual Proof is a fusion quartet based in Charlotte NC. Main Instruments are vibes and malletkat. The group draws on jazz, funk, and world-beat to create a unique approach to jazz-fusion. Instrument(s):Vibes, keys, drums, bass.Teachers and/or influences?Gary Burton, Joe Locke, Steve Smith.


News: Recording

Actual Proof's "Paradigm Shift" Now Available on CD Baby

Actual Proof's "Paradigm Shift" Now Available on CD Baby

Actual Proof's full-length debut CD is now available for download on CDBaby. Individual tracks, the entire album, or a hardcopy of the album can be ordered through the site. About Actual Proof Actual Proof is a unique jazz-fusion/funk quartet that utilizes mallet percussion (xylophone, vibraphone, marimba), keyboards, electric bass, electronic and acoustic drums. The group's music ...


Actual Proof

Label: Platform Recordings
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1.Stingers 2.The Grinder 3.Aristide 4.the Viper 5.Waiting Around 6.Stuff 7.Attack Of The 40 ft. woman 8.Cops And Robbers 9.59th Street Station 10.Bacon Phat 11.The Famous Door


Article: Album Review

Mike Clark: Actual Proof

Read "Actual Proof" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

During his work with pianist, Herbie Hancock’s 70’s super- funk/fusion band “The Headhunters,” Mike Clark quickly acquired a reputation for his distinctly personal and altogether innovative slant on the art of funk drumming. His over-the-top and somewhat slithery approach to a funk groove proved to be a vital component to a group steered by Hancock’s equally ...


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