Kicking off a new occasional feature on the website, we bring you a first listen to a new jazz funk fusion group called The Expansions. The South London-based quartet (auspiciously named after the Lonnie Liston Smith jazz funk classic) debuted their first official track earlier this week, and we instantly fell in love with it. A sultry little number with a distinctly sun-kissed vibe, ‘Lavender’ features brilliant work on keyboard and analogue synths from Dave Koor while bandmates James O’Keefe (guitar), Matt Summerfield (bass) and Jonny Drop (drums) each add their own individual touches to the track to make a truly lush and soulful soundscape. It’s the first self-penned material unleashed by the band and we’ve been reliably informed that there’s more to come shortly. The band’s influences are firmly pinned on their sleeves when it comes to music, starting with an overarching interest in the gritty groove based street sounds
The Fawcett Negotiation, by The Gene Dudley Group 2 track album FREE DOWNLOAD New funky jazzy soulful brass tuneage from the Wah Wah 45s camp. Well worth checking.
Lance Ferguson talks spiritual jazz, Roy Ayers and recording the album ‘They Shall Inherit’ from his brand new Menagerie project.
If you’ve followed us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ this week, you’ve probably already come across this FREE EP. For the rest of you, let’s do a brief recap. Scrimshire is a talented London-based musician and producer who spends most of his time writing soulful, often jazz tinged, music. Late last year, he followed up his début album, ‘Along Came The Devil One Night…’, with the eagerly anticipated (and well received) follow-up ‘The Hollow’ on the ever reliable Wah Wah 45s record label. Strongly supported by such purveyors of good taste as Gilles Peterson, Fun Lovin Criminal Huey Morgan, Phil Levene and Simon Harrison, the album featured Jazz Meet favourites Jessica Lauren and Heidi Vogel, and was a masterclass on how to produce an intricate and thoroughly enjoyable album.This week, as he set his sights on completing his third longplayer, scheduled for release in Summer 2013, he let loose this
It’s fair to say that since their amazing live début a month ago at The Jazz Meet, we’re now firmly in the fan boy corner of Resolution 88. Anyone who can fill the confines of Floripa’s massive space (nod to Raggy here as well) and get a shout out on the night from the Jazz Re:freshed crew no less, is definitely worthy of your repeat attention…