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We the People

Groove Collective

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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Africano-- THE BAND

Earth Wind & Fire's essential THAT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD offers one amazing instrumental song called 'Africano'. Groove Collective's WE THE PEOPLE is what you'd get if Africano inspired an entire ensemble. Formed in the 90s but with respect to the 70s, this disc reminds us that real people should play real instruments-- in an ugly mob. I say buy the entire disc with no hesititation (although it has a weak number or two), but if money is tight leave with cuts 8, 9, and 10-- a small groove symphony. (Already a fan and wish these dudes were still recording? Try 'Artifact' by SDS9 @ iTunes for an updated Groove Collective-like sound.)

Amazing Cuts!

Owned this album for 14 years now...still love it today..."sneaky" is one of my favorite songs of all time period. The guitar/theramin sounding solo at the end of the song is worth every penny spent on this record. It's too bad no one knows about this one :( There is a good mix of uptempo, jazz, funk, downtempo etc...buy it if you like these styles...you won't be disappointed.

Must have in library

Bought this CD years ago... It is an absolute must have in your music library...amazing

Biography

Formed: 1990 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The acid jazz outfit Groove Collective was formed in downtown New York City in 1990 by flutist Richard Worth, DJ Smash, and rapper Nappy G, all three staples of a nomadic dance club called Giant Step. In time, the trio was joined by keyboardist Itaal Shur, drummer Gengi Siraisi, and bassist Jonathan Maron, earning a growing cult following and eventually attracting the attention of Steely Dan vibist Bill Ware, who soon signed on along with saxophonist Jay Rodriguez, trombonist Josh Roseman, trumpeter...
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