Doin' Something

Doin' Something

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by Soulive
     
 

On paper -- and on-stage -- a grooving jazz trio with a guitarist, drummer, and Hammond organist who hammers bass notes with his feet and left hand sounds like a great idea. Indeed, Soulive (keyboardist Neal Evans, guitarist Eric Krasno, and drummer Alan Evans) is one of the fledgling rising stars on the jam band circuit, covering great tunes like Stevie Wonder's…  See more details below

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On paper -- and on-stage -- a grooving jazz trio with a guitarist, drummer, and Hammond organist who hammers bass notes with his feet and left hand sounds like a great idea. Indeed, Soulive (keyboardist Neal Evans, guitarist Eric Krasno, and drummer Alan Evans) is one of the fledgling rising stars on the jam band circuit, covering great tunes like Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children of America," the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing," and War's "The World Is a Ghetto." But great live bands have been trying to figure out the formula to translate their concert performances into the recording studio for decades, and Soulive's 2001 CD, Doin' Something, comes up short. The trio employs guests musicians à la another jazz-meets-funk trio, Medeski, Martin & Wood, but early tracks like "Hurry Up...and Wait," "Evidence," and "One in Seven" have an un-funky sameness. Funk trombone legend Fred Wesley ensures that the title track, "Bridge o 'Bama," and "Joe Sample" fare better, but vocalist Stephanie McKay's inclusion on eight of the 11 cuts seems like a stab at commercial smooth jazz. The Evans brothers and Krasno are all talented players, with collective influences including Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, and Grant Green. Yet all come across as trying to play it safe on Doin' Something, in stark contrast to some of their unbridled live sets. Krasno is the primary composer, yet should take a page out of the songbook of another of his influences, John Scofield. About halfway into Doin' Something, you know exactly what to expect -- something Scofield has become a legend by avoiding.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724352793624
catalogNumber:
27936

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soulive   Primary Artist
Fred Wesley   Trombone
Stephanie McKay   Vocals
Jacques Schwarz-Bart   Tenor Saxophone
Neal Evans   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Alan Evans   Drums
Eric Krasno   Drums
Jeremy Pelt   Trumpet
Sam Kininger   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bob Brockman   Engineer
Fred Wesley   Horn Arrangements
Leon Zervos   Mastering
Yaron Fuchs   Engineer
Eli Wolf   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
Soulive   Producer
Jacques Schwarz-Bart   Horn Arrangements
Eric Krasno   Composer
Adam Deitch   Composer

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Doin' Something 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Soulive turns out good grooves and catchy chords with there added horn sections. Soulive gives jazz what they deserve: high quality music for your listening pleasure. it back and chill to this brilliant jazz composition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it's great - I just found it by browsing Barnes & Noble last night. I just want to say pay no attention to the Bill Meredith review, posted above. He states that Stephanie McKay sings on 8 tracks, when she only appears on one! Sounds like he didn't even listen to the album. Listen to the samples for yourself and be amazed!