Tenderlonious - The Shakedown22a
After a slew of impressive EPs, Ed Cawthorne aka Tenderlonious drops a proper full length album. "The Shakedown" features his current band the 22a Orchestra, a collective of like minded musicians who know how to groove. The album was recorded in one session and the vibe is laid back 70s jazz and soul styles. "Expansion", a chilled out fender rhodes driven tunes filled with spirited drumming from Yussef Dayes and Reginald Omas on percussion. Cawthorne's flute soloing dances over the beat and figures prominently throughout this session. "Yussef's Groove" highlights Dayes prowess in driving the rhythm. "SV Disco" is a nod to Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village. The track is laced with an infectious bass groove courtesy of Fergus Ireland and tasty keys from Hamish Balfour. Tenderlonious had already made a name for himself for dropping infectious beats and heavy grooves. He's steadily evolving into a formidable jazz musician as well.
Reg Dancy, 08/18