On a mission to update the jazz organ tradition, Soulive maintains a tight groove throughout Next. Their approach involves narrowing the creative options, then turning up the heat within the confined space they allow themselves. Where drummers in old-school jazz organ groups played freely around the backbeat, Soulive's Alan Evans never misses the two and four. His brother Neal Evans imposes similar restrictions on himself by staying with essentially the same timbre on organ -- a thin, steamy sound, with a crisp percussive bite -- while Eric Krasno cultivates a shallow blues/jazz tone on guitar. A bone-dry production highlights this constriction, where every note and snare hit crackles in high definition. The songwriting is limited as well to riff-driven tunes with minimal melodic content. That leaves performance as the wild card, and here Soulive doesn't fail. From the relaxed pace of "Nay Nay" to the sprint clip of the Headhunters-flavored "Whatever It Is," the band demonstrates an almost frightening command of nuance in its rhythmic interplay and antiseptic articulation. On instrumental tracks, as well as when backing raps on "Clap!" and "Bridge To Bama" or moaning bedroom vocals on " Don't Know," Soulive makes a strong case on Next for consideration as the hottest rhythm unit of the moment.
|Label:||Blue Note Records|
Performance CreditsSoulive Primary Artist
Dave Matthew Track Performer
Amel Larrieux Vocals
Black Thought Track Performer
Tariq Trotter Vocals
Talib Kweli Vocals
Neal Evans Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Alan Evans Drums
Eric Krasno Guitar
Sam Kininger Alto Saxophone
Technical CreditsGlen Ballard Producer
Jeff Patrick Krasno Executive Producer
Eli Wolf Executive Producer
Burton Yount Art Direction
Dave Dar Engineer
Eric Krasno Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Get your booty on out to the record store and pick up your copy of this CD. I'm a huge jazz fan, and I ran into this group's music in a Barnes and Noble store in Flagstaff, AZ a couple of years back, and they are now my current favorite band. You have to purchase on of these.
Soulive is a group that I just recently heard about. They have a great vibe and sound that is unbeatable! It's hard to stop listening to this group. This CD should be great for the upcoming summer parties! It has lot of jazz and even a little hip-hop going on. Great performances!