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  Исполнитель(и) :
   Soulive  (Group)
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  Наименование CD :
   Doin' Something



Год издания : 2001

Компания звукозаписи : Blue Note, (ru)

Музыкальный стиль : Jam Bands, Fusion, Jazz-Funk

Время звучания : 1:00:27

  Комментарий (рецензия) :

CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Small Orchestra - Contemporary)      

On paper - and on-stage - a grooving jazz trio with a guitarist, drummer, and Hammond organist who hammers bass notes with his feet and left hand sounds like a great idea. Indeed, Soulive (keyboardist Neal Evans, guitarist Eric Krasno, and drummer Alan Evans) is one of the fledgling rising stars on the jam band circuit, covering great tunes like Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children of America," the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing," and War's "The World Is a Ghetto." But great live bands have been trying to figure out the formula to translate their concert performances into the recording studio for decades, and Soulive's 2001 CD, Doin' Something, comes up short. The trio employs guests musicians a la another jazz-meets-funk trio, Medeski, Martin & Wood, but early tracks like "Hurry Up...and Wait," "Evidence," and "One in Seven" have an un-funky sameness. Funk trombone legend Fred Wesley ensures that the title track, "Bridge o 'Bama," and "Joe Sample" fare better, but vocalist Stephanie McKay's inclusion on eight of the 11 cuts seems like a stab at commercial smooth jazz. The Evans brothers and Krasno are all talented players, with collective influences including Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, and Grant Green. Yet all come across as trying to play it safe on Doin' Something, in stark contrast to some of their unbridled live sets. Krasno is the primary composer, yet should take a page out of the songbook of another of his influences, John Scofield. About halfway into Doin' Something, you know exactly what to expect - something Scofield has become a legend by avoiding.

All Music Guide

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The music on this record is a collection of finely-crafted originals by three young jazz-funk disciples who, to paraphrase Dizzy Gillespie, have three feet firmly planted in the past and three more edging towards the future. Although this is their debut for Blue Note Records, to describe Soulive as simply a jazz organ trio would be enormously inadequate. Soulive is the next generation of the groove trio - today's incarnation of the soul-jazz groups of the late-1960s. And not only is their sound an outgrowth of the music of this era, so is their concept. Just as the soul-jazz of the past assimilated other forms of black popular music of its time, Soulive musically integrates today's sounds, along with those of the past. Mixed together in their soul stew is just about every genre of black music past and present - from jazz, funk and blues to hip hop, r&b and dub. What's more, the fact that the Evans brothers and Eric Krasno all possess this same openness and vision results in a truly seamless blend of all these influences. Consequently, they have managed to forge an identity that many young groups strive for but rarely achieve right away. Soulive has a sound.

In contrast with the sophistication involved in this diversity of musical influences, Soulive's sound is expressed quite simply - tneir music grooves hard and makes you feel good. The name of the band captures this best. Even though all three members have serious chops, their emphasis lies in feel and energy. Just try and listen to this record without movin' something - whether it be tapping your foot like a bebopper or nodding your head like a b-boy. Soulive is most interested in giving people what they want - funky good-time music. Essentially, Soulive is playing dance music, but in the James Brown-live sense as opposed to today's dance music, like house (even though you hear that influence too on "One In Seven"). What's more, not since the swing era of the 1930s has an instrumental band grounded in jazz improvisation functioned in this way. One merely needs to go to a Soulive show to experience this. On any given night, the young crowd hangs on Neal's every bass line and Eric's tasty guitar lick while never losing step with Al's kick and snare.

Doin' Something succeeds in capturing the group's live essence while utilizing the studio experience to give the listener both something more and something different. What's most striking about the album is how Soulive builds upon the standard organ trio make-up. Neal overdubs both acoustic piano and Wurlitzer to great effect on various tunes. Even more electrifying is the addition of a four-man horn section led by legendary James Brown trombonist/arranger, Fred Wesley. Wesley's arrangements powerfully expand the Soulive sound, and his vintage JB writing perfectly complements the trio, providing a literal meeting of past and present for a group who already represents the soul-jazz time spectrum. This brings us to our final point, which is how yesterday and today intersect to create the sound of Doin' Something. While this album possesses the character of an old jazz record in that it was, for the most part, recorded live, it also has the sound of a bangin' hip-hop record. Just listen to the how the bass of the organ thumps and the snare hits you in the face throughout the disc. In this way, Doin' Something' is the first of its kind - a record by an organ trio to be played on your high-end stereo or bumped in your jeep.

- Eli Wolf


  Соисполнители :

Alan Evans (Drums)
Eric Krasno (Drums)
Fred Wesley (Trombone)
Neal Evans (Organ, Piano)
Stephanie McKay (Vocals)


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   1 Hurry Up... And Wait         0:04:06 Evans
   2 Doin' Something         0:06:46 Krasmo
   3 Evidence         0:04:33 Evans
   4 One In Seven         0:05:16 -"-
   5 Bridge To 'Bama         0:07:24 Krasno
   6 Cannonball         0:05:41 -"-
   7 Shaheed         0:05:39 Evans
   8 Romantic         0:05:20 Evans / Evans / Krasno / Mohlabane
   9 Solid         0:04:54 Evans
   10 Roll The Tape         0:05:24 Krasno
   11 Joe Sample         0:05:25 Detch / Krasno

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