Review – Groove On By Euge Groove

November 17th is the release date for the Euge Groove release….Groove On.  If you are a fan of Mr. Groove, the master of the slow tempo….Then you will be in for a treat.

One of the elements that I feel is overlooked is the recording quality of his music. If you listen to his albums on a nice system, you can literally FEEL the grooves. That bottom (drums and bass) completes the songs.

This is a set of all original music, written by Euge Groove. There are two high-profile guest appearances here, Peter White and Lindsey Webster.

Review – Groove On By Euge Groove

The album leads off with Sonnet XI. As as soon as that bassline comes in, you know this is going to be a great track. The tenor sax is in full effect here, and Euge effortlessly skates through the song. The bridge comes in at about three minutes, and hey, that completes the song for me. By the way, Euge is also playing the Fender Rhodes piano on the track.

Groove On, the title track, is up next. At first listen, I thought of Euge leading a Big Band set at a club. I know you can hear that. For me, that would be awesome!  Euge does not record too many uptempo tracks, but this one is almost uplifting. Euge also plays the flute and he tickles the keys on the Wurlitzer piano.

Up next is Free Time. This is a mid-tempo song, and this is one of those “live” songs I am always talking about….The best way to hear this one is live and in concert. Just listen to the drums here. Imagine Trevor Lawrence Jr, pounding those drums on stage.

It is time to break it all the way down with The Healing. The track starts out with the sax, keys, and those shakers, then builds from there. The drums come in about a third of the way through. Then there are those strings. Man, that is some nice string arrangement from Philippe Saisse. Euge takes it home about two thirds of the way in. This is a six-minute song, so it give us plenty of time to enjoy.

By the way, all of the tracks are sitting at five minutes or more. There are no radio edits here.

Are you in the mood yet?

Let’s do another mid-tempo track. Round And Round is up next. This is classic Euge Groove. A nice, funky groove, and he just sits in that pocket with the tenor sax. I love how he layers the sax parts on the hook. It is kind of like background vocals on an R&B song. Once again, I love the bridge, where he changes it up a bit. There is a great piano part that plays just underneath the sax, so be sure to listen for that.

Peter White is featured on the next track, Euge One-Oh-One. This is another great track, and you can definitely hear the unique stylings of Mr. White as he performs his solo.

Up next is Last Call. That may be the name of the track, but it is definitely not the last song in the set. It does give you that “last song” feel, though. This is one of those tracks where I can picture myself getting into my car, and pulling off after a great night out on the town.

The next track is Saturday Afternoon. This is an apt title, as this is something you would put on to get you going as you start your weekend. All of the instruments are in harmony here, with the sax, the piano, the drums, the percussion and that bass is holding it all together. This is truly a jam session!

Lindsey Webster lends her vocal talents to Always Love You. I am down with ANY track that features the songstress. Coming in at seven minutes long, I am loving every single second. On a side note, if they perform this live somewhere, can I get a full orchestra with that? Maybe they will do this on the Tidings of Jazz and Joy tour.

 

There is a one minute reprise of Groove On and also a cinematic version of The Healing. This version of The Healing is also really nice.

I have to say, Euge Groove hit another home run with this effort. Sometimes it is difficult to review instrumental music, because there’s no vocals or lyrics, but artists like Euge Groove make it less difficult. He is at the top of the game and it is on full display here.

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