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Four80East is the brainchild of Toronto-based remix producers Tony Grace and Rob DeBoer (collectively known as Boomtang). Inspired by the acid jazz/groove movement that was flourishing in the United Kingdom, they launched their Four80East concept in the late ’90s as a cool, creative side project geared towards a loose, improvisational dance vibe. Over the last decade, as chill music established itself as a genre of its own, their jazz-inflected urban trance music�"first dubbed “trip-jazz, ” now known as “Nu Jazz”�"became a global phenomenon. With En Route, Grace and DeBoer continue on that path. En Route opens with a moody ambience and slight blues sway on the soulful electronica of “Five By Five.” After the funky dive into “Noodle Soup, ” Four80East heads into the trippy, film score darkness of “The Drop, ” which blends avant-garde jazz guitar and trippy sound effects over a sensual groove

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Smoothing Things out with Four80East at Exodus to Jazz Series

Smoothing Things out with Four80East at Exodus to Jazz Series

Led by co-founders Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace, Toronto-based Four80East makes their highly anticipated return to the Exodus To Jazz series. With an infectious heavy-groove sound characterized by distinctive melodies, the group continues to be a very popular international phenomenon. In addition to garnering a Smooth Jazz Awards nomination—"Best International Group"—the group was honored by being ...

En Route

Label: Native Language
Released: 2007

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Take Five With Four80East

Read "Take Five With Four80East" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Four80East: Four80East is the smooth jazz alter-ego of producers Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace. Since breaking on to the scene in 1998 with the undeniably groovy single “Eastside, the group has been winning fans around the world with their amalgamation of bass-heavy grooves, trancy arrangements and tasty jazz solos.Your sound and approach to ...

Nocturnal

Label: Higher Octave Music
Released: 2001
Track listing: Shakedown; Viaduct; Bumper to Bumper; Drive Time; Sweet Tooth; Wake and Bake; On the Strip; Wait it Out; First Time; Hazy Lazy. (50:35)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Four80East: Nocturnal

Read "Nocturnal" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Four80East a “group name" for the duo of Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace, who composed, mixed, and produced the CD and played the majority of the instruments; an occasional trumpet, tenor sax, or flute makes a cameo appearance. So predictably, it's a highly programmed affair, but as such it's a very likable effort. There's a lot ...

Nocturnal

Label: Higher Octave Music
Released: 2000
Track listing: Shakedown/Viaduct/Bumper To Bumper/Drive Time/Sweet Tooth/Wake And Bake/On The Strip/Wait It Out/First Time/Hazy Lazy.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Four80East: Nocturnal

Read "Nocturnal" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Rather addictive, this. Nocturnal hits so many pleasure points that the listener feels as if mind and body have been opened up. If that sounds psychedelic, so be it: The range of ideas brought to the creative table here starts with Funk and Smooth Jazz, and extends to the trippier complexities of Dub, Minimalist Trance, and ...


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