Archive for March 16th, 2018

Unit 3 Deep – Groove Theory

Unit 3 Deep are pianist and keyboardist Patrick Cooper, bass guitarist David Dyson and drummer Duane Thomas. The formation was founded in 2015. As professional sidemen they have played and still perform for a myriad of musicians such as Walter Beasley, Pieces of a Dream, Spur of the Moment, New Kids on the Block, Rahsaan Patterson, Marion Meadows and many more.

They currently perform at famous venues like Rams Head Tavern, The Birchmere, South, Blues Alley or the Southern Maryland Funk Festival. Groove Theory is their debut album, released on March 1, 2018. As special guests they invited vocalist Lori Williams, guitarist Alvin White, saxophonists Walter Beasley, Phillip “Doc” Martin, Craig Alston, trumpet player
Dreandre “Dre King” Schaifer and percussionist Alfredo Mojica. Most of the songs are written by the band with the exception of two songs.

Already after the first chords of Fridays, one realizes that this formation has an ambitious impetus. The bass is not subordinate but dominant, the arrangement more contemporary than smooth jazz. While bass and drums are fast to the stop, guitar and keys give melody a chance. Tension arises from the opposing tempos. On top Schaifer presents an exuberant trumpet solo.

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