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Performers The New Mastersounds

March 17, 2009 | Compact Disc

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If you miss the sounds of the Meters, of vintage Northern soul, of James Brown, of 1960s jazz-funk, and of Hammond organ jazz by the likes of Jimmy Smith, and if you wish you could hear all of them at the same time, then you're sure to get a kick out of this Leeds-based quartet. To call the New Mastersounds "old school" doesn't quite do justice to their simultaneously backward-looking and forward-pushing sound, which fans of modern bands like the Charlie Hunter Quartet and Medeski, Martin & Wood will recognize immediately -- but so will those who cut their teeth on Jack McDuff and Lou Donaldson records. When guest vocalist Dionne Charles comes in (especially on the barnburning "Looking for an Answer"), the result is like an unholy cross between James Brown and Aretha Franklin; when the band slips into Afro-beat mode on "Kuna Matata" (featuring singer Troy Tuscan), the result is, strangely, more like a cross between Fela Kuti and Barry White. [The bonus track edition ends with three remixes of varying utility and necessity, but the album-closing Drawbar remix of "King Uncomforter" is brilliant. Also included in the bonus track section is a fine live version of "Thermal Bad."] ~ Rick Anderson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 17, 2009

Genre: Acid Jazz

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

UPC: 718122406234

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Performers The New Mastersounds
Guest Artist(s) Dionne Charles, Sam Bell

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 17, 2009

Genre: Acid Jazz

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

UPC: 718122406234


Title Track Time
1.Hole In The Bag --
2.I Mean It So --
3.Thermal Bad --
4.Looking For An Answer --
5.Altitude --
6.Kuna Matata --
7.Chrysalis --
8.Idris --
9.All We Can Do --
10.Beyond The Bleak Horizon --
11.King Comforter --

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If you miss the sounds of the Meters, of vintage Northern soul, of James Brown, of 1960s jazz-funk, and of Hammond organ jazz by the likes of Jimmy Smith, and if you wish you could hear all of them at the same time, then you're sure to get a kick out of this Leeds-based quartet. To call the New Mastersounds "old school" doesn't quite do justice to their simultaneously backward-looking and forward-pushing sound, which fans of modern bands like the Charlie Hunter Quartet and Medeski, Martin & Wood will recognize immediately -- but so will those who cut their teeth on Jack McDuff and Lou Donaldson records. When guest vocalist Dionne Charles comes in (especially on the barnburning "Looking for an Answer"), the result is like an unholy cross between James Brown and Aretha Franklin; when the band slips into Afro-beat mode on "Kuna Matata" (featuring singer Troy Tuscan), the result is, strangely, more like a cross between Fela Kuti and Barry White. [The bonus track edition ends with three remixes of varying utility and necessity, but the album-closing Drawbar remix of "King Uncomforter" is brilliant. Also included in the bonus track section is a fine live version of "Thermal Bad."] ~ Rick Anderson
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