Posts Tagged ‘ Acid Jazz ’

Down To The Bone – From Manhattan To Staten – The Urban Grooves – Spread The Word

The UK’s leading jazz groove band Down To The Bone present a seriously funky all-instrumental 3CD collection of their first three albums, which have been unavailable in physical format for some years.

From Manhattan To Staten” went to No 2 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart on its original release in the Nineties, while another key cut, the Grammy-nominated “Brooklyn Heights”, hit No 2 on Billboard’s Jazz airplay chart. Both these tunes also feature as 2019 bonus tracks, recorded live in the studio by the band’s current line-up.

Second CD “The Urban Grooves” opens with two more DTTB classics, “Long Way From Brooklyn” and “The Zodiac”. Again, the album has a newly recorded bonus track, a cover of Willie “Beaver” Hale’s “Concrete Jungle”, long a favorite in their live set. Third CD “Spread The Word” also features a brand new bonus track – available for the first time – a cover of Beyonce’s 2006 hit “Déjà vu”.

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Four80East – Four On The Floor

The Toronto-based electro-jazz duo Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace have bundled their creative activities in the formation Four80East. They started with The Album in 1997, followed by Nocturnal (2001), Round Three (2002), En Route (2007), Roll On (2009), Off Duty (2012), Biblotheca (2013), and Positraction (2015). In 2014 they released the album Four80East LIVE and in 2016 a limited vinyl collection Cherry Picked.

Their new EP Four On The Floor is a musical business card inspired by their early days as House producers. The duo is joined on two tracks by vocalists CeCe Peniston and Wade O. Brown.

The title track is a highly danceable rhythm enhanced groovy tune with a savory horn background. The rhythm guitar is inspired by Nile Rodgers (Chic) and together with the steady hook line Four80East presents an ultimate dance floor hit.

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Gazzara – Portrait In Acid Jazz

My last review of an acid jazz album was more than a decade ago. Gazzara‘s new album Portrait In Acid Jazz (2018) is a welcome gift to return to this genre. Its heyday was in the late eighties and early nineties. But at no time did the flame of this style go out. The Italian band Gazzara bears the name of its founder keyboardist and composer Francesco Gazzara, who together with Massimo Sanna (bass) and Mauro “Mirtao” Mirti (percussion) really got jazz going.

The group started with the aptly titled album One (1996), followed by Grand Central Boogie (1998), and The Spirit Of Summer (2002). Francesco Gazzara also released as solo artist Hammond Express, The Piano Room, Brother And Sister (2006), My Cup Of Tea (2009), The Bossa Lounge Experience (2013) and Gazzara Plays Genesis (2014).

With We Had a Ball return the memories to the good old time, when music had that special swing and lightheartedness. Mix a little Brian Auger and The Trinity with Ronny Jordan or Zachary Breaux and you get some taste of this kind of vibe and jazz. The gospel-soul influenced song Heaven sends us the revelation of dream singer Lily Latuheru. This vocalist with Moluccan heritage is someone definitely worth to discover.

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Citrus Sun – Ride Like The Wind

Incognito founder Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick realized his musical ideas always with various formations. Citrus Sun is one of these groups. Member of this project are Bluey (guitar and vocals), Jim Mullen (guitar), together with Incognito members Matt Cooper (keyboards), Francis Hylton (bass), Francesco Mendolia (drums, percussion)), Francisco Salas (guitar), and Dominic Glover (trumpet). Furthermore singer Imaani and Natalie Williams are joining the band.

After Another Time Another Space (2000) and People of Tomorrow (2014) is Ride Like The Wind (2018) their third joint project.

The title of the first piece Refugee is very topical in this day and age. As an instrumental, the piece composed in cooperation of all participating musicians offers music of the finest, although the possibility of a message was omitted.

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Citrus Sun – Ride Like The Wind

The London band was born out of Bluey’s love for the music of Jim Mullin, who now, after the debut album People of Tomorrow, is part of the band again. He is assisted by Incognito colleagues Matt Cooper on keyboard, bassist Francis Hylton, guitarist Francisco Salas, drummer Francesco Mendolia and trumpeter Dominic Glover.

Although the constellation of musicians is very similar to that of Incognito, the music still differs. Citrus Sun is mainly purely instrumental like the songs “Refugee” and “Calling Mr Wolf”. In addition, the band ventures into new areas, such as with their five-part Krabi Suite (Recorded in Krabi, Thailand) or with the cover song by Marcos Valle and Leon Wares “Vondate de Rever Voce”, in which the percussionist of the band Joao Caetano takes over the singing in Portuguese. Furthermore, the artists Imaani and Natalie Williams were invited to perform for the songs “Ride Like The Wind” (the worldwide Christopher Cross hit) and “Send Me Your Feelings” (originally recorded by the New York-based Japanese jazz trumpeter Terumasa Hino).

Bluey himself comments on his project: “In terms of sound, it is a bit reduced by the trumpet reminiscent of Donald Byrd. It’s the same cast as Incognito, but you should be glad that it’s a new project with the same band with me at the top. ”

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Chris Standring – Sunlight

Guitarist Chris Standring has already received a variety of positive reviews. All critics agree that his music is innovative, captivating and always reinventing itself. His high recognition value is confirmed by the high attendance of his notable concerts. His newest album, Sunlight, is exactly on this success line.

Among the valuable artists are Rodney Lee (guitar), Andre Berry, Jimmy Haslip (bass), Chris Coleman, David Karasony (drums), Mica Paris (vocals), John Novello, Bob James (piano), Roberto Vally (upright bass), Peter Christlieb, Brandon Fields (sax), Hans Zermulen (keys). Chris Standring performs on this album guitars, keyboards, programming and arranging.

The first tune Static in the Attic awakes the memory of magic Acid Jazz. This blend of jazz riffs with acid sounds reminds of the late guitarist Ronny Jordan who spearheaded the Acid Jazz movement in the early 1990s. Aphrodisiac is a libido increasing substance. Standring proves that even music can have an intoxicating effect.

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Duffmusiq – Soulleash

Serbian born and Toronto based international guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Damir Demirovic also called “Duffmusiq” has just released his solo debut album Soulleash (2017).

Duffmusiq has produced and mixed the recording and performs guitar, keyboards, saxophone and bass. Further musicians on this album are Alex Sekulovski (drums), Miki Petkovski, Vasil Hadzimanov (piano), Roger Williams, Connor Walsh (acoustic bass), Ran Caspi, Rob Brown, Milosh Angelov, Yash Presswalla (electric bass), Sam Heineman & Anthony Brancati (keyboards and Hammond B3), Gilad Jacobson, Dimitar Bodurov, Anthony Brancati (keyboards), Alexis Baro (trumpet), Gyles Natalie, Quisha Wint, Wade O. Brown, Christine Hamilton, Jin Brown and Jeff Eage (vocals), Geoff Bornes (alto sax).

The inclined jazz-interested listener is subject to the mechanism of comparing the style of an unknown musician with already known ones. Duffmusiq is stylistically similar to the guitarists Ronny Jordan, Zachary Breaux and perhaps George Benson. On Interlude Solitude Duffmusiq chooses the jazzy approach with a tendency to chords. In the middle of the piece you are torn from the dreams, when the coloratura vocals of Vania Margani breaks the course of the performance. That I call a cultural surprise.

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