BRIAN BLADE & THE FELLOWSHIP BAND – LANDMARKS
Brian Blade's Fellowship Band keeps on getting better and bolder over the years – really soaring out here under the leadership Blade's great drums – with a soulfully expressive feel that takes us back to his Blue Note albums from the last few years of the 20th century! Pianist Jon Cowherd has these solid lines that really set things up right away – matching the rhythmic impulses of Blade, but also really pushing forward with these waves of color embellished by Myron Walden on alto and bass clarinet, and Melvin Butler on soprano and tenor. Titles include "Down River", "Landmarks", "State Lines", "Friends Call Her Dot", "Bonnie Be Good", "Embers", and "Farewell Bluebird". (Includes bonus download of album!) ~ Dusty Groove.
THE GETUP – STRAIGHT FROM THE HOB
Massive drums really get things going right for The Getup – a funky combo who hit their groove running from the ground up! These guys load plenty of Hammond, trumpet, and tenor on the top of the tracks – but really seem to get even more energy going on the bottom – thanks to snapping drums that always hint at fresh breaks to come, and fast-riffing guitar that chugs along with the mighty basslines to propel the whole thing strongly forward right from the start! Sabina Challenger sings on a few cuts – but honestly, the main appeal of the record lies in the tremendous work of the rhythm section – on tracks that include "Sunday Roast", "Get Lucky", "What If", "Straight From The Hob", "Back To Me", and "Bungle's Twanger". Dusty Groove
MAGIC DRUM ORCHESTRA - MDO
Magic Drum Orchestra fuses a passion for Brazilian music, heavy drums and percussion with a love of modern dance beats. Their sound has influences from dubstep, drum & bass and hip hop fused with batucada, samba and afrobeat. With over 100 drummers and percussionists making their way through the studio to record these tracks, high quality, cutting edge production is a big part of the MDO sound, alongside the real human element that only live percussion and drums can bring – there is a truly free spirit feel to this music. This album compiles the two ‘MDO Sessions’ digital EPs into one finished product, featuring every track from the two EPs. With the World Cup taking place in Brazil in 2014, this release is perfectly timed to soundtrack it. As well as original material, the album features percussive cover versions of Snoop Dogg & Pharrell’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, Benga’s dubstep anthem “Crunked Up” and the Cream classic “Sunshine Of Your Love”. Magic Drum Orchestra has an impressive history and pedigree, having been formed by Ralph Cree and Glyn Bush (aka BiggaBush) back in 2005. Whilst joining forces for Glyn’s ‘Lightning Head’ project (Sonar Kollektiv), the duo decided to combine their passion and mastery in a carefully assembled samba band which became the extraordinary Magic Drum Orchestra ~ www.tru-thoughts.co.uk