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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B000QCU9UI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Writing, arranging, and programming nearly every track himself, Euge set out to create his most personal statement yet as an artist. The new 10-song set, recorded entirely in hi-definition, features 8 original instrumentals, a writing & performance collaboration from Jeffery Osborne, and a jaw-dropping vocal performance from Ali Ollie Woodson on a neo-soul'd cover of Donny Hathaway's I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know. The CD opens with the laid-back, playful A Summer Night's Dream, reminiscent of Euge's first big instrumental hit, Romeo & Juliet, with his trademark texturing and gentle soprano lead voice. The saxman hooks into a deeply soulful approach on the vibrant, funky Mr. Groove, which flows into the vivid image of an Italian piazza on the wistfully haunting Caf‚ del Soul. The simmering, sensual fire of Slow Jam features some of the collection's most expressive playing and improvisations. The title track keeps that searing, just-about-to-blow energy going with a true ensemble jam featuring touches of retro-soul ambience via wah-wah guitar clicks and Fender Rhodes & Wurlitzer keyboard stylings

Customer Reviews

This CD is a must have for Smooth Jazz lovers.
esmith
One of his best CD's - Self titled "Euge Goove" is still tops to me, but this one you can really feel the music and the soulfulness of the musician.
Dwayne L. Martin
I love this CD, I heard one of the songs on Koky.
thick madame

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Shore on June 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
What a great album this is! It's Euge at his absolute best, rising still another notch on the groove meter and totally nailing this one. It's Paul Brown, with his fifth successful collaboration with Euge Groove in seven years, demonstrating beyond any doubt that he is the Smooth Jazz producer par excellence. As for the music, the title track (and first radio single) says it all... top 10 and still rising. What strikes me as I listen to BORN 2 GROOVE is that not only is it soulful, and not only does it display groove, panache and, yes, Euge's trademark funk, but it has more of... an indefinable vibe to it that is a reflection of the soul of the musician. I hesitate to say spiritual, but I think that's really what's going on here. Euge Groove is fulfilling his purpose in a really powerful, positive way. He's communicating with us like he was meant to, providing yet another collection of pure joy and good feelings, delivered in a classy, uplifting package that will become one of this genre's forever classics. Euge believes strongly that everyone comes into this world with unique abilities and special gifts. "If we are fortunate enough to have great people around us, those natural abilities can be nurtured along," he says. Euge Groove has the gifts, has surrounded himself with professionals who have the passion for using their gifts, and together they have created a truly outstanding collection of sax-driven Smooth Jazz. BORN 2 GROOVE rocks! ~SCOTT O'BRIEN
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By starschaser on June 18, 2007
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With a pleasingly unaffected, natural-sounding delivery and a considerable talent for writing original songs ranging from soulful ballads to funky shuffles or relatively conventional standard-influenced material, Euge Groove has made another great recording with "Born 2 Groove".
The aforementioned range of his material is what immediately impresses ­but this eclecticism is entirely unforced, enabling him to express straightforward heart-on-sleeve emotion one minute ("I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know") and emulate the penchant for "gospel/R&B" songs the next ("Café del Soul" and "Religify") without any undue abruptness of transition.
The neat tastefulness of his bandmates and the controlled power of his arrangements help in this process. But overall it is the clear commitment and patent sincerity of Euge himself ("Baby If You Only New"), for instance, contains some of the most unaffected passages you're ever likely to hear in the current saccharine Smooth Jazz trend ), not to mention his sheer musicality and ability to deliver a song in a variety of modes and moods, that make this album so attractive.
Throughout, Euge's emotional saxophones (he is one of the surest-toned sax players currently operating and his playing is both subtle and assured) are artfully blended with striking, alternately delicate and robust orchestral colours and vocals ( the great Jeffrey Osborne and the former Temptations lead singer Ali "Ollie" Woodson perform on two tracks) so that each piece becomes an organic whole rather than (as too often in such projects) a too easy, sugary confection in which shimmering strings are the icing on a relatively bland jazz cake.
Intelligently paced like a well-arranged club set, this is his most personal statement to date as an artist and an assured recording from a musician to watch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Phillips on June 27, 2007
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LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! describes my review of "Born 2 Groove". There isn't one song on the CD that I don't like. The order of the songs is perfect for listening too. I think Euge Groove outdid himself on this album, as impossible as that may seem, in light of the quality of his other albums. We have all of Euge Groove's music, enjoy it all, and it just depends what mood we are in as to which CD gets put into the player. We haven't stopped playing "Born 2 Groove" though since it was released. One other suggestion would be to go see Euge Groove live in concert if you get the opportunity. In addition to being a wonderful musician, he is clever and witty and a definite crowd pleaser. If you want to get up and dance at his concert, you won't be out of place. He is a phenomenal entertainer!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Cleaves on June 20, 2007
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Quite simply, another masterpiece. Euge has the proven formula for producing hit, after hit, after hit. His style is smooth, his songs are tight, and his concerts are awesome. This is yet another stellar CD. Thanks for giving your all, with every project Euge. Hurry and make it back to Houston for another live concert!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Hoelen on October 9, 2007
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I've never heard of him before and a friend just told me to pick this one up. Man, I'm glad I did! The album is literally filled with soul, seduction, and wonderful smooth jazz. A totally moving piece. Take a close listen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vincent E. Martin on January 9, 2011
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Bottom-Line: In the world of Smooth Jazz album "Born 2 Groove" is relatively short, checking in at (10) tracks, but those tracks have been well worth the double take.

Usually I can tell you the exact moment a certain artist came to my attention and how, but where I first ran across Mr. Euge Groove, I can't say for sure. Call it old age or a lack of enthusiasm for the CD when I first bought it, but I don't know when I first purchased it. I only know I have been listening to Born 2 Grove, Mr. Groove's fifth studio album for the last month off and on getting to know the man and his music.

I used to be a big fan of the Smooth Jazz genre. Back in the 1980's and into the `90's, Smooth Jazz to me was cool and hip, but soon all of the local Smooth Jazz stations began to play the same artists over and over again. At the same time more and more artist starting appearing on the scene and the music started blending together and sounding the same, and keeping up with them all was exhausting. By the dawn of the new century I had all but checked out, but I still listened and listen to some of my favorites and sample a few up-and-coming artists. Euge Groove (real name: Steven Eugene Grove) must have caught my ear somehow...

Euge Groove is a Contemporary (Smooth) Jazz saxophonist with a sound and style similar to that of Richard Elliot, in fact he replaced him in the famed Jazz group Tower of Power when Elliot decided to pursue what is now a very successful solo career. Euge Groove is also known for his (Pop) session work, most notably with the Miami girl group Exposé, which he has a No. sax sole hit on their album Seasons Change, and yet another on their 1993 hit CD I'll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me).
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