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Main Ingredients
     

The Main Ingredients

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by Down to the Bone
 

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Critically lauded in the U.S. but entirely ignored in their U.K. homeland, acid jazz collective Down to the Bone's ninth studio album, The Main Ingredients, is unlikely to change matters, sticking resolutely to their formula of epic eight-minute instrumental jams and the odd soul-funk vocal track. Having recruited '90s

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Critically lauded in the U.S. but entirely ignored in their U.K. homeland, acid jazz collective Down to the Bone's ninth studio album, The Main Ingredients, is unlikely to change matters, sticking resolutely to their formula of epic eight-minute instrumental jams and the odd soul-funk vocal track. Having recruited '90s Eurovision entrant Imaani (who replaces regular Hill St. Soul vocalist Hilary Mwelwa) and former Incognito bassist Julian Crampton to their ever-changing collective lineup, their first release through Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records shows glimpses of the potential that was realized in the mid-'90s by Jamiroquai and Brand New Heavies, particularly the funky bass licks and tight grooves of the Latin-tinged "Watch Me Fly," which could have been lifted off the latter's Brother Sister, and the breezy melodies and chilled-out sax solos of "Closer," but as ever, founder Stuart Wade appears far more concerned with providing a soundtrack for the clubs of their debut album's title, From Manhattan to Staten, than appealing to the mainstream. The lounge-bar piano chords of "Music Is the Key," the twinkling vibraphones of "A Universal Vibe," and the smooth wah-wah jazz of "A Change Has Got to Come" are all likely to keep the cocktails flowing, but the rather self-indulgent bookends "Uptown Hustle" and "Cut and Run" are just as likely to have clubbers reaching for the skinny lattes in order to stay awake. Sticking to what they know best, Down to the Bone are single-handedly keeping the acid jazz scene alive, but while The Main Ingredients is an effortlessly smooth affair, there's little here to spark a full-scale revival.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2011
Label:
Trippin & Rhythm
UPC:
0020286156413
catalogNumber:
50
Rank:
76244

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Down to the Bone   Primary Artist
Julian Crampton   Bass
Jim Knight   Saxophone
Alex Bennett   Keyboards
Phil Nelson   Drums
Neil Angilley   Keyboards
Joe Beckett   Percussion
Mark Jaimes   Guitar
Neil Burditt   Keyboards
Oli Silk   Keyboards
Tim Smart   Trombone
Imaani   Vocals
Tom Richards   Saxophone
Davide Giovannini   Drums
Adam Riley   Drums
Ryan Jacob   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Neil Angilley   Composer
Richard Sadler   Engineer
Stuart Wade   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Horn Arrangements
Crabtree   Composer
Imaani   Composer
Kevin Leo   Composer
Jaffa   Artwork

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