Liquid Soul

Performers Liquid Soul

Capitol | March 21, 2000 | Compact Disc

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Liquid Soul: Omega (vocals); MC The Dirty M.F. (rap vocals); Mars Williams (saxophone); Rob Haynes (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Janowick (trombone); Frankie Hill (keyboards); Tom Sanchez (guitar); Rick Showalter (bass); Dan Leagli (drums, percussion); Jesse De La Pena (turntables).
Additional personnel: Spo, Rubber Room, Vinnie, East Of The Rock, Frost, True Black Tribe.
Recorded at Warzone Studios & live at Elbo Room, Chicago, Illinois.
On its largely instrumental and mostly live debut album, Liquid Soul serves up precise horn charts and tight dance grooves at the junction where early-'70s old-school funk … la the J.B.'s meets new-school mix culture. And jazz, too, as strong versions of John Coltrane's "Equinox," Wayne Shorter's "Footprints," and Miles Davis' "Freddie the Freeloader" enter the mix alongside jamming live funk with a rapper on "Afro Loop" (or as the band splits the difference between the two forms on "Java Junkie"). Leader Mars Williams' tough, intense tenor sax tone cuts through particularly strongly on "New E," and he's ably complemented by Ron Haynes' trumpet. Guitarist Tommy Klein is a great rhythm comper -- check the slinky riffs he throws down on "New E" -- and the rhythm section is up to the considerable challenge of chopping up funk rhythms or fluidly swinging jazz with equal aplomb. "Blue Groove Freestyle" is a sterling example of what freestyle rapping with a live band could be. It many ways, Liquid Soul's real peers are artists like Manu Chao and Amparanoia in Spain, Zebda in France, or Ozomatli in Los Angeles -- bands that choose the elements they want to emphasize from a floating pool of dancefloor moves. Liquid Soul comes from Chicago, so the equation adds up to funk, jazz, and hip-hop delivered with smart, varied arrangements and skilled playing. ~ Don Snowden

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 21, 2000

Genre: Acid Jazz

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Capitol

UPC: 618681005421

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Liquid Soul

Performers Liquid Soul

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 21, 2000

Genre: Acid Jazz

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Capitol

UPC: 618681005421


Title Track Time
1.Preview --
2.Worlds' on a Leash --
3.Schitzophrenia --
4.Equinox --
5.Good One, The --
6.Afro Loop --
7.Java Junkie --
8.New E --
9.Righteous --
10.Footprints --
11.Jazz Machine --
12.Black Earth --
13.What a Story --
14.Blue Groove Freestyle - (featuring Spo/Rubber Room/Vinnie/East Of The Rock/Frost/True Black Tribe) --
15.Freddie Freeloader --

Editorial Notes

Liquid Soul: Omega (vocals); MC The Dirty M.F. (rap vocals); Mars Williams (saxophone); Rob Haynes (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Janowick (trombone); Frankie Hill (keyboards); Tom Sanchez (guitar); Rick Showalter (bass); Dan Leagli (drums, percussion); Jesse De La Pena (turntables).
Additional personnel: Spo, Rubber Room, Vinnie, East Of The Rock, Frost, True Black Tribe.
Recorded at Warzone Studios & live at Elbo Room, Chicago, Illinois.
On its largely instrumental and mostly live debut album, Liquid Soul serves up precise horn charts and tight dance grooves at the junction where early-'70s old-school funk … la the J.B.'s meets new-school mix culture. And jazz, too, as strong versions of John Coltrane's "Equinox," Wayne Shorter's "Footprints," and Miles Davis' "Freddie the Freeloader" enter the mix alongside jamming live funk with a rapper on "Afro Loop" (or as the band splits the difference between the two forms on "Java Junkie"). Leader Mars Williams' tough, intense tenor sax tone cuts through particularly strongly on "New E," and he's ably complemented by Ron Haynes' trumpet. Guitarist Tommy Klein is a great rhythm comper -- check the slinky riffs he throws down on "New E" -- and the rhythm section is up to the considerable challenge of chopping up funk rhythms or fluidly swinging jazz with equal aplomb. "Blue Groove Freestyle" is a sterling example of what freestyle rapping with a live band could be. It many ways, Liquid Soul's real peers are artists like Manu Chao and Amparanoia in Spain, Zebda in France, or Ozomatli in Los Angeles -- bands that choose the elements they want to emphasize from a floating pool of dancefloor moves. Liquid Soul comes from Chicago, so the equation adds up to funk, jazz, and hip-hop delivered with smart, varied arrangements and skilled playing. ~ Don Snowden
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