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House of Groove

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Album Review

The smooth jazz genre in the 2000s and 2010s has had two very vocal apostles in Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler, who made gospel albums to complement their more mainstream output, and have spoken freely on-stage about their faith. One who has done this more quietly, but no less eloquently, is Euge Groove, whose muscular tenor sax-doubling and lilting soprano have helped him score numerous radio hits and develop a ready-to-party audience as he subtly infuses a little church in the mix. In many ways, House of Groove falls right in line with the versatile saxman's core array of sounds — dreamy, lilting, and sexy on the expansive opening track "Knock! Knock! Who's There?" and going for that dark-chorded, midtempo, doubled-tenor sizzle on the title track. One of the coolest elements that sets this collection apart is the length of the tracks, which allow him to offer rich solos to his bandmates — most notably, the fiery Neal Schon-like guitar solo by John "Jubu" Smith on the hypnotic ballad "Indian Summer," and the stellar soloing throughout by keyboardist Tracy Carter. But the spiritual/emotional core of the songs calls to mind the vibe of his earlier release, Sunday Morning. There's the infectious invitation to the "Fellowship Hall," the simmering gospel ballad "God Bless You" (with graceful vocals by Kate Miner Moebel), the buoyant "Faithful Central" (a church in the Los Angeles area of which Carter has been musical director), and the gentle gospel/whispery soul vocal ballad "It's Only Rain," a passionate plea about keeping the faith. Another R&B-driven delight is "Never Met a Woman (Like You)," featuring the lighthearted coolness of genre great Jeffrey Osborne. House of Groove keeps its promised rhythms flowing, but the spiritual heart takes Groove's game to some exciting new places.

Customer Reviews

House of Groove

This is classic Euge! Unbelieveably smooth and yet funky at the same time. It truly "GROOVES." Many of the tunes have a nasty laid back funk groove with the smooth silky Euge horns riding on top. You can feel his spirit and the emotion -- he's obviously in touch with the source of his gift. "Never Met a Woman" just makes you want to bounce! It's the perfect driving song. I can see me losing myself jamming to this one on the winding roads of the Adirondack mountains along the lakes on a sunny day this fall. I hesitate to use any other words to try and describe the experience. Words won't do it justice. You'll just have to listen and feel it for yourself. You're in for a treat!

Slamming

As usual Euge Groove is slamming. All you other Jazz musicians.... Step ya game up

The Best!

Mr. Groove has done it again wiht album number 8!!. With House of Groove Euge is showing fans everything that drives him musically and otherwise and nothing could be more special. The soulful, spiritual and funky vibes are sure to please any and everyone that listen. From the moment you "Knock, Knock" to get into Room Number 1 until you enter Room 10 which I think is emcompasses the entire house and let's you know that with your faith and your happy place "It's Only Rain." This is definitely a release you do not want to delay getting! Come on, find your happy place and your "House of Groove."

Biography

Born: November 27, 1962 in Hagerstown, MD

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Euge Groove — a pseudonym for saxophone journeyman Steve Grove — began playing piano in the second grade and turned to the saxophone at the age of nine or ten. His teacher gave him a classical education on the instrument, which he followed at the University of Miami's School of Music, where he became interested in jazz. Upon graduation, he initially remained in Miami doing sessions and playing in bands such as Expose, where he can be heard on the group's 1987 number one single "Seasons...
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