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George Anderson – Body And Soul

If you have been a fan of British jazz-funk and soul music for more than twenty years, you’ll know Shakatak. And if you know Shakatak, you’ll know George Anderson – he’s been holding down the low end since the early 80’s.

His touring schedule, both with Shak and with his own band is very hectic – you only need to look at his Facebook page to see that.

Let’s talk about what came out of the sessions for his latest solo CD…

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George Anderson – Body And Soul

Celebrated British bassist George Anderson leads an unusual dual musical life. He is, of course, best known for his work with smooth jazz icons Shakatak. He’s a key member of the band – on the road and in the studio. George was also instrumental in co-writing many of Shakatak’s best tunes ….most famously ‘Day by Day’ featuring Grammy award winner Al Jarreau. George was responsible too for co-writing the song ‘Perfect Smile’ which was a smooth-jazz radio play hit in the US for Shakatak in the 90’s.

George, though, also fronts his own band and under his own name he’s released three solo albums… Positivity, Expressions and George Anderson Band… From Cape Town To London. On that latter, our man was brave enough to tackle George Duke’s ‘Brazilian Love Affair’ and Luther Vandross’ ‘Never Too Much’ while his own ‘Back In the Day’ (from ‘Expressions’ and featuring vocals from Debby Bracknell) won George loadsa friends in the modern soul community.

George Anderson is now all set to release a fourth solo set… Body and Soul. The lead single pairs a smooth but tough in places ‘Don’t Waste’ with a grittier ‘Gfunk’. The title of that kinda says it all! Both feature a feisty femme vocal (Mary Pearce) and blistering bass lines. Both auger well for the long player! George Anderson’s ‘Body and Soul’ is out in March 2017 on Secret Records. There’s also a London CD launch gig on March 31st at the capital’s prestigious Hideaway Jazz Club.

George Anderson – Expressions

Hands up if you remember Shakatak and great dance tracks like ‘Down on the Street’. Hands up if you read that and thought “I wonder what ever happened to Shakatak…”

What happened to Shakatak is that they have continued to tour and to release their own brand of British jazz-funk. Check out their website to see what you missed…

One of the cornerstones of the Shakatak sound was – and still is – the solid bass sound of George Anderson. I’m lucky enough to have a promo of George’s second solo record ‘Expressions’ and I’m doubly excited that my CDR was burned on the computer that was used to master the album. Hot off the press or what? Enough chat – let’s get to the music!

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George Anderson – Positivity

George Anderson is widely known as the bass player of Shakatak. Influenced like many other bass players by legendary Jaco Pastorius his further idols are Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Jeff Berlin who raised the bar regarding technique. George prefers to play on basses made by John Diggins and Soundtrade basses.

Positivity is George Anderson’s first solo project. Somehow a best kept secret George released the album on Secret Records. Anyway the album deserves some limelight. Unlike other albums of bass players is the main emphasis of Positivity not the bass but vocals.

Beside George (basses, additional keys, drum programming and audio manipulations) the liner notes of the CD list as musicians Alan Wormald (guitars), Paul Williams (guitars), Carmine Membrino (keyboards), Mike Paice (sax), GA (virtual sax/flute), Debby Bracknell (vocals), Fil Straughan (lead vocs on Lay Ur Hands On Me). The album was produced, arranged, composed, recorded, mixed and mastered by George. All under control for the maximum of quality.

The starting song Lay Ur Hands On Me sets an enlightening signal of positivity. Fil Straughan fills the song with his warm voice, ranging from Marvin Gay to Luther Vandross. Debby Bracknell is the featured songstress of the easy going What I Gotta Do. Debbie is also guest singer on Shakatak’s Afterglow and touring partner on Shakatak’s live gigs.

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George Anderson – Positivity

The bass player in Shakatak George Anderson has released his new solo project entitled Positivity. The album is available via iTunes or via George’s website. “Lay Ur Hands On Me” already playlisted on Jazz FM. The new album continues George’s love for Soul and Funk music with influences like Louis Johnson, Larry Graham, Chuck Rainey, Chris Squire and Andy Fraser.

Ronald Jackson called the album a genuine blend of smooth charisma, dirty funk, top-shelf vocals by one Debby Bracknell (a name to remember!), and instrumental mastery. Sample the album here.