Got 2 Be Groovin' by Euge Groove on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his ninth album, Euge Groove continues to find the fertile middle ground between jazz, R&B, funk, and soul with an expressive playing style. Featuring nine originals and a cover, this album is at its absolute best when he digs into the funk for tunes like the surging original title track, with its big hook. Guitarist Paul Brown also stops by for the insistent midtempo song “Homie Grown,” adding some tasty textures and a slippery acoustic solo. While best known for his tenor saxophone playing, Groove sounds right at home on soprano for the delicate “Forever and a Day” and “Miss Bane” (which was inspired by his wife). Another standout, “Rain Down on Me,” opens as an acoustic piano ballad before shifting to a sensuous gospel-like melody that's slow and deliberately unpacked, thus refuting the idea that this music is more popcraft than art. The sparkling cover of “Wild Flowers” rounds things out nicely with a fine vocal performance by American Idol’s Elliott Yamin.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his ninth album, Euge Groove continues to find the fertile middle ground between jazz, R&B, funk, and soul with an expressive playing style. Featuring nine originals and a cover, this album is at its absolute best when he digs into the funk for tunes like the surging original title track, with its big hook. Guitarist Paul Brown also stops by for the insistent midtempo song “Homie Grown,” adding some tasty textures and a slippery acoustic solo. While best known for his tenor saxophone playing, Groove sounds right at home on soprano for the delicate “Forever and a Day” and “Miss Bane” (which was inspired by his wife). Another standout, “Rain Down on Me,” opens as an acoustic piano ballad before shifting to a sensuous gospel-like melody that's slow and deliberately unpacked, thus refuting the idea that this music is more popcraft than art. The sparkling cover of “Wild Flowers” rounds things out nicely with a fine vocal performance by American Idol’s Elliott Yamin.

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4:49
4:23
4:51
7:19
6:02
5:09
5:27
4:37
5:08
5:56

About Euge Groove

Euge Groove -- a pseudonym for saxophone journeyman Steven Eugene 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 continued 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 Change."

He then moved to Los Angeles and joined Tower of Power, remaining with the group for about four years. Following this experience, he freelanced, doing sessions and working in backup bands, his clients included Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, the Gap Band, Huey Lewis & the News, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Eros Ramazotti, and Richard Marx. His saxophone appeared on Marx's Top 20 pop and number one AC hit "Keep Coming Back" in 1991.

At the end of the '90s, Grove developed the persona of Euge Groove, a reworking of his real name, and recorded a demo that attracted the attention of various labels. This demo soon landed him with Warner Bros. Euge Groove, his debut album, was released in May 2000. At the time, the saxophonist was touring in Tina Turner's backup band. He followed up with 2002's Play Date, featuring the singles "Slam Dunk" and "Rewind." In 2004, Grove moved to Narada for the '70s pop-soul-inflected Livin' Large. Grove stuck with the '70s vibe for 2005's Just Feels Right, and then incorporated a more gospel approach for 2007's Born 2 Groove.

He moved to Shanachie for 2009's Sunday Morning. In 2011, Grove returned with his seventh studio effort, the fittingly titled Seven Large on Shanachie, with two more releases following for the label, 2012's House of Groove and 2014's Got 2 B Groovin. In 2016 he delivered Still Euge, featuring guest appearances from Chuck Loeb, Peter White, and others. The similarly funky Groove On! followed on Shanachie in 2017. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • ORIGIN
    Hagerstown, MD
  • BORN
    Nov 27, 1962

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