by Soulive
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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/2002
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724353586928
catalogNumber: 35869


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soulive   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 Credits

Glen Ballard   Producer
Jeff Patrick Krasno   Executive Producer
Eli Wolf   Executive Producer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
Soulive   Producer
Dave Dar   Engineer
Eric Krasno   Composer

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Next 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!