Breakout

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The jazz-soul-funk trio's first album away from Blue Note since its early indie days, and only studio release of fresh material since 2002, is another classy old-school-inspired concoction. Guest vocalists pepper the set as Ivan Neville, Corey Glover, Reggie Watts, and especially Chaka Khan serve up their soulful best on about half of the album's tracks, with the rest dedicated to the instrumental '60s and early-'70s-styled funk jams the band is known for. Except for a not terribly innovative but energetic -- even frantic -- cover of Hendrix's "Crosstown Traffic" with guest Robert Randolph, the disc boasts all original compositions. Most work well, but they sound like ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The jazz-soul-funk trio's first album away from Blue Note since its early indie days, and only studio release of fresh material since 2002, is another classy old-school-inspired concoction. Guest vocalists pepper the set as Ivan Neville, Corey Glover, Reggie Watts, and especially Chaka Khan serve up their soulful best on about half of the album's tracks, with the rest dedicated to the instrumental '60s and early-'70s-styled funk jams the band is known for. Except for a not terribly innovative but energetic -- even frantic -- cover of Hendrix's "Crosstown Traffic" with guest Robert Randolph, the disc boasts all original compositions. Most work well, but they sound like you've heard them before, maybe with a different title 30 years ago. "Freedom" in particular veers too closely to the Isley Brothers' "That Lady," blurring the line between inspiration and replication. Guitarist Eric Krasno's "Vapor" seems like it was grabbed from a John Scofield funk album and, for those old enough to remember, Chaka Khan's turn on "Back Again" can't help but be reminiscent of any number of Rufus tunes, right down to the double-tracked vocals. None of this is a deal breaker, though, because the bandmembers clearly have their hearts in the right place, shuffling through their musty albums like a deck of cards and landing on an ace more often than not. Those who come from the Crusaders era of jazz-funk will have no problem warming up to any of this, and when Ivan Neville kicks up his best Sly Stone on "Got Soul," it's nearly impossible to ignore the spirit -- just shake your hips and go with the flow. They're not reinventing the wheel, but the bandmembers' refreshing refusal to pander to a hip-hop audience by hiring a guest MC is not just commendable, it's unique. About the only concession the band makes to contemporary electronics is adding a few drum loops and distorting Cochemea Gastelum's rubbery alto sax on "Glad ta Know Ya," but even that sounds retro in its own way. Despite its title, the album is no breakout for the threesome, but it reinforces Soulive's groovalishious talents and remains a stimulating listen for established fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431230229
  • Catalog Number: 2302
  • Sales rank: 106,410

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Interlude I (0:52)
  2. 2 Reverb (4:18)
  3. 3 Got Soul (3:41)
  4. 4 Cachaca (3:52)
  5. 5 Back Again (4:07)
  6. 6 Break Out (4:30)
  7. 7 She's Hooked (4:01)
  8. 8 Crosstown Traffic - Robert Randolph (4:34)
  9. 9 Take It Easy (3:32)
  10. 10 Vapor (4:59)
  11. 11 What Can You Do (4:02)
  12. 12 Interlude II - Robert Randolph (0:29)
  13. 13 Freedom (4:41)
  14. 14 Glad Ta Know Ya (3:30)
  15. 15 Interlude III (1:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Soulive Primary Artist
Ivan Neville Vocals
Robin Eubanks Trombone
Chaka Khan Vocals
Corey Glover Vocals
Cochemea Gastelum Alto Saxophone
Ryan Zoidis Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Reggie Watts Vocals
Robert Randolph Pedal Steel Guitar, Track Performer
Neal Evans Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Group Member, Hammond B3
Alan Evans Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Fuzz Guitar, Group Member
Eric Krasno Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Rashawn Ross Trumpet, Group Member
Jordan Battiste Background Vocals
Lasim Richards Trombone
Danny Sandownick Percussion
Technical Credits
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Chris Athens Mastering
Jeff Patrick Krasno Executive Producer
Ryan Zoidis Arranger
Ira Schick Producer
Soulive Composer, Audio Production
Neal Evans Arranger
Alan Evans Producer
Eric Krasno Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Rashawn Ross Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Jason Anderson Management
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