We the People

We the People

by Groove Collective
     
 

In the late '90s, it looked like the concept of "acid jazz" was going to catch on. The idea was to create jazz so funky and rhythmic that it would be danced to in clubs and perhaps even catch on big commercially. Most groups that became involved in acid jazz de-emphasized the jazz in favor of mundane rhythms, going for the potential money at the expense of the music. … See more details below

Overview

In the late '90s, it looked like the concept of "acid jazz" was going to catch on. The idea was to create jazz so funky and rhythmic that it would be danced to in clubs and perhaps even catch on big commercially. Most groups that became involved in acid jazz de-emphasized the jazz in favor of mundane rhythms, going for the potential money at the expense of the music. Groove Collective struck a better balance, keeping the funk going much of the time (when they were not playing Afro-Cuban jazz), but also having some sound explorations and some strong solos. The lineup of musicians featured on We the People includes such notables as trombonist Josh Roseman, trumpeter Fabio Morgera, and vibraphonist Bill Ware III. The problem with We the People, other than the throwaway rap on "I Am," is that none of the pieces is particularly worthy. The playing is stronger than the writing and, while one can enjoy the grooves and some of the more colorful moments, there is nothing about this music that is particularly memorable. It probably worked much better in dance clubs but, even then, if the songs had been more distinctive and catchy, it might have resulted in acid jazz becoming a significant style of music instead of just a nice try.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/1996
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0011105018722

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Performance Credits

Groove Collective   Primary Artist
Fabio Morgera   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Bill Ware   Piano,Vocals,Vibes,fender rhodes
Jonathan Maron   Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocoder,Memory Moog
Adam Rogers   Electric Guitar
Itaal Shur   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,fender rhodes
Genji Siraisi   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Vocoder
Richard Worth   Flute,Shakuhachi,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Vocals,Kalimba
Gordon "Nappy G" Clay   Percussion,Bongos,Timbales,Vocals,talking drum
Vinia Mojica   Vocals,Background Vocals
Josh Roseman   Guitar,Trombone,Keyboards,Vocals
Jay Rodriguez   Bass,Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Berimbau,Gaita
McBabee Power   Vocals

Technical Credits

Groove Collective   Producer
Tommy LiPuma   Executive Producer
George Marino   Mastering
Jonathan Maron   Arranger
Itaal Shur   Programming,Producer
Genji Siraisi   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Richard Worth   Arranger
Laurie Goldman   Art Direction
Jay Denes   Producer,Engineer
Hiroyuki Sanada   Engineer

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