A set that bills itself as "brand new original authentic soul music", but which maybe offers up more than that too – as there's also a fair bit of instrumental funk in the mix, served up by an array of up-and-comers, and some crucial talents you'll recognize from years back! The variety is nicely appreciated – there's no overarching label style here, and instead the groups are really allowed to do their own thing – in tight combos, larger ensembles, and with a mix of lead instruments that include guitar, organ, and plenty of keyboards. Titles include "High 45" by Alan Evans Trio, "Hey" by The Natural Soul", "What Will You Do" by BT ALC Big Band with John Medeski, "Slammin" by Kris Yunker, "In Comes Slade" by Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers, "Helping Hand" by Johnny Trama & The B3 Kings, and "A Little Bit Of Sunshine" by Brother Goodlove. LP, Vinyl record album
A great slice of work from Soulive – material recorded live, right in the early days of the group – and with an open, long-jamming vibe that's a nice difference from some of their tighter studio tracks! As you can tell from the cover, the group's a lean trio with Neal Evans on organ, Eric Krasno on guitar, and Alan Evans on drums – and here, they maybe echo more of an old school Hammond mode than in later years – a great Prestige Records 60s inspiration that these guys carry off very well, with plenty of long guitar and organ solos – on extended tunes that include "Turn It Out", "Doin Something", "Azucar", and "Steppin". LP, Vinyl record album
Crowd Company —
Lowdown ... CD VintageLeague, 2020. New Copy ...
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A nice mix of mod soul and funkier styles from Crowd Company – a group who know how to lead as strongly with their Hammond as they do with their vocals – really putting both elements to work in the frontline to carve out some very catchy songs for the set! The group sport two different female singers – Joanne Marshall and Esther Dee – and the guitarist also sings a bit too – and the whole thing was produced by longtime funk maestro Alan Evans, who helps maybe give the group some of the tighter sound of his own nice work. Titles include "Free To Choose", "Get Used To It", "Change My Mind", "Brooklyn Summer", "On This Love You Can Count", "A New Direction", "Stories", and "Now Is The Time". CD