The New Mastersounds - Renewable EnergyOne Note Records
Not resting on their laurels, The New Mastersounds continue to push the envelope towards crafting jazz infused funk and soul. They used two sessions to complete this record spending time in New Orleans once again and Denver Colorado. There's a couple tracks reminiscent of the trademark Mastersound but the emphasis here is more on laid back soulful grooves. Evidence lies in the aptly titled "Pudding Pie and "Living That Jazz Life". On the former, guitarist Eddie Roberts lays down an easy like Sunday morning type of groove made for finger poppin'. Keyboardist Joe Tatton chips in with some sweet swaying melodies. "Gonna Be Just Me" is an up-tempo burner that features Adryon De Leon from the LA funk band Orgone. The mellow finale "Swimming With My Fishes" glides into the sunset thanks in part to Mike Olmos and Joe Cohen of The West Coast Horns. Sometimes you want to get up and have a funky good time. Other times you want to lean back and enjoy the groove. Whatever you choose just make sure you bring this quartet along with you. They won't disappoint you.
Reg Dancy, 06/18