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Shakatak – In The Blue Zone

A quick glance at the list of reviews for Shakatak and their band members reveals the incredible amount of recordings. A clear sign of constancy and long lasting creativity of this formation, which has also although long in the music business lost none of its originality.

Shakatak hasn’t changed their signature style in over 50 albums and that’s the reason why their fans stay faithful to this group. Shakatak are Bill Sharpe (keyboards), Jill Saward (vocals), Roger Odell (drums) and George Anderson (bass). Their new album is In The Blue Zone and will be released on June 28, 2019 in Europe and on August 9, 2019 in the States. Patrick Van de Wiele (http://www.smoothjazz.eu) has just reviewed the new album.

Get the album on Amazon.com.

Shakatak – Times and Places

In the long lasting time of their band history they were welcomed worldwide at countless festivals. This year for example they traveled to Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, Mexico, Serbia, Bulgaria and Lithuania. They have released numerous albums in a period of nearly four decades. We talk about UK’s first ambassadors of Brit Funk, the legendary group Shakatak.

Their new album Times and Places was released in Europe and US in September, 2016 and in Japan already in July. Shakatak are vocalist Jill Seward, keyboardist Bill Sharpe, drummer Roger Odell and bassist George Anderson. Guest musicians on this album are Alan Wormald (guitars), Jacqui Hicks and Debby Bracknell (background vocals), Derek Nash (saxes) and Ron Burgundy (flute).

I Will Be There singer Jill Seward promises in a skillful way of melodic bliss. Bill Sharpe shares the melody with flavored key strokes. On Time And Place Jill spreads her optimistic view of our own fate and personal relationship. Check In displays joy and lightness of heart in Bill’s effortlessness and fluffiness playing the piano in a wonderful flow with some brush pats of Derek Nash on soprano sax.

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Shakatak – On The Corner

A quick glance at the list of reviews for Shakatak and their band members reveals the incredible amount of recordings. A clear sign of constancy and long lasting creativity of this formation, which has also although long in the music business lost none of its originality.

Shakatak are Bill Sharpe (keyboards), Jill Saward (vocals), Roger Odell (drums) and George Anderson (bass). Guest musicians on this recordings are Alan Wormald (guitars), Jacqui Hicks and Debby Bracknell (backing vocals), Derek Nash (saxes), and on selected tracks Roberto Tola (guitars) and Jamie Odell (additional keyboards).

Shakatak hasn’t changed their signature style in over 50 albums and that’s the reason why their fans stay faithful to this group. On The Corner showcases the core of their charming music. A vocal carrier of the captivating melody flavored with Bill’s piano runs.

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Shakatak – On The Corner

On The CornerThey are the Rolling Stones of Jazz-funk and their music just keeps getting better and better. After a number of successful top twenty singles in the UK and over 50 releases in their back catalog, the band have gone on to secure huge international popularity which continues as they prepare for their upcoming tours of Mexico and Japan.

After the success of their last release ‘Once Upon A Time’, a one-off project that saw the band re-arrange their classic hits into acoustic versions, Shakatak are back with a newly recorded studio album containing 14 new tracks as well as an additional digital download.

Kicking off with the title track ‘On The Corner’ we are in classic Shakatak territory with their unique vocal/piano mix. The groovy ‘To Be In Love’ follows, its sweeping strings and smoky vocals backed up by Bill Sharpe’s jazzy piano. ‘Sao Paolo Sunshine’ brings us straight into summer with its funky Latin vibes, as does the smooth ‘Ojai Freeway’ and the bossa-nova tinged ‘Jazz and Romance’.

No Shakatak album is complete without some low down funk, and after a few mellow ballads we get our share. ‘Good Time’ is driven along by George’s bass with a guest appearance from the saxophonist Derek Nash, the main jazz soloist with the UK’s Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra. Nash also brings some classic jazz sounds to the final tune, the haunting instrumental ballad ‘She’s Not Here’.

All in all ‘On The Corner’ is an album that perfectly demonstrates the incredible range and diversity of this timeless band! Get it now here.

Shakatak – Across The World

Shakatak is Great Britain’s ambassador of contemporary music. Scoring two Top Ten hits in the UK Singles Chart and releasing a vast number of albums made the cult status of the band. Constancy, professional musicianship and genius are the ingredients of their sustainable success.

Their newest album Across The World was released in 2011 on Secret Records Limited in the UK and Pony Records in Japan. Comprising keyboardist Bill Sharpe, vocalist Jill Seward, guitarist Keith Winter, bassist George Anderson and drummer Roger Odell, the group invited guest musicians Alan Wormald (guitars), Derek Nash (sax), Don Gruisin (synth solo), Jacqui Hicks and Debby Bracknell (background singers).

It’s very rare that the group makes a guest appearance outside the swinging UK. So keep their music in your mind by listening to their albums.

Music is international as Anglo-American poet Wystan Hugh Auden declared in one of his poems. Across The World is Shakatak’s modern interpretation communicating strongly with world-wide audiences. Airy melodies with a jazzy impact is the band’s specialty.

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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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Shakatak – Afterglow

There is no contemporary jazz group which can look back on such a long-lasting career than the UK-based formation Shakatak. One cannot pigeonhole their music to a special genre, they have their own unique style, some call it britfunk, which is undoubtedly a trademark. Since their first record (Bill Sharpe’s Steppin‘) in 1980 they have released a huge amount of albums which can be hardly surveyed. They have released more than 50 (!) albums and even their website doesn’t list all copies. A rather complete but unfortunately discontinued discography is to find on Ralf Henke’s website music lovers.

We are writing the year 2009. The music world has changed. Earlier success doesn’t count anymore. Sales rates in the music business are constantly declining. Supporting radio stations are changing their format. But there are still small islands of devoted fans of this cult group worldwide. This review is dedicated to these music aficionados. I have a message for you. Shakatak will continue their recording and Shaks’ new album Afterglow (2009) is available now.

Shakatak are Bill Sharpe (keyboards), Jill Saward (vocals), Roger Odell (drums) and George Anderson (bass). The group is joined by guest musicians Alan Wormold (guitar), Jacqui Hicks, Debbie Bracknell (backing vocals), who are also partners of Shakatak’s live shows, and Mornington Lockett (sax). Afterglow is an exquisite and balanced collection of instrumental and vocal songs with contributions of all band members.

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