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Doin Something

SouliveAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000059QYA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Doin' Something, Soulive's Blue Note debut and second album overall, sees the organ-based groove-jazz trio creatively stretching beyond their heralded debut, Turn It Out. Where that session was a lean, live cooker that cemented the trio's appeal to the acid-jazz and jam-band crowd, Doin' Something reaps the rewards of time spent in the studio--there are overdubs and, more importantly, an ambitious, varied overall vision. Rather than just rattling off a dozen jams based on a single line, the tunes here are actual songs with memorable melodies that draw upon hip-hop, soul, funk, and pop to go along with the rump-shaking jazz grooves. Furthering the funk foundation, the trio--guitarist Eric Krasno and brothers Neal and Alan Evans on organ and drums, respectively, also brought in James Brown-veteran trombonist Fred Wesley to lead a four-piece brass section (and contribute horn arrangements) on a few tracks. This is the sound of a hot young band putting its best foot forward, and the great thing is, you won't be able to keep your foot from bouncing along. --Tad Hendrickson

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Major Label Debut April 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is Soulive's first release since joining the Blue Note label. I picked up a copy of their last cd "Turn It Out" and was impressed with that release. Soulive is trio featuring guitar, Hammond B-3 organ or piano and drums. Their music is a combination of jazz, funk and rock jamming. I am a huge fan of jazz/blues/funk organ combos and this band is one of the best new bands in this genre. My only problem is that the tight band is augmented by horn sections on some of the cuts. The horn section features Fred Wesley of James Brown/P-Funk fame. Sometimes the large number of horns tend to dilute the groove, if you will. So as a result my favorite cuts on this new disk are the trio cuts. My favorite cut is "Cannonball". Another interesting cut is "Romantic" which is the only track to feature vocals. However, the vocals work with this track and it is one of the best tracks on the disk. The guitarist Eric Krasno reminds me of Charlie Hunter another guitarist on the Blue Note label. In summary this disk is a good initial release for a major label debut. It may serve the band in the future to stick to trio recordings or to add one or two horns instead of a large horn section.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horn Controversy March 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As there seems to be a bit of controversy over the horn section I thought I'd break the tie. First of I play trumpet so there's nothing I like more than some fat brass licks and solos, however, most of the tracks with horn arangements seem a little out of place and choppy if you will. Also in comparison with their first album this one does have a smooth and slightly overproduced sound which seems to be taking them farther and father from their original vibe of "live preformance as the escence of music" (or somthin like that). Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad albumto put on and groove to, it just doesn't have that same raw, in-the-club, jam feel that turn it out did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dope trio + Fred and the gang June 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Soulive puts the "ooooo" in groove with their first Blue Note release Doin Something, which is a collection of funky, hiphoppin jazzy jams cleanly compressed into well-produced 3-5 minute songs. I question anyone's judgement who criticizes Fred Wesley's horn arrangements on this album. Fred and the other horns launch the rump-shaking grooves to another stratosphere of funkiness. People, people... any funk band sound better with some brass. JB used to say "hapiness is hearing Fred Wesley play the trombone." Well, I say "hapiness is hearing Soulive break it down with Fred Wesley." Romantic, the one track with vocals hits as smooth as can be and is the perfect tune to throw on and kick back to with any fine female.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Feel for Soulive March 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Having listened to the first two CDs by Soulive extensively I can say that "doin' something" is a definite switch from the raw groove of the previous efforts. The band's new CD offers the slick production you might expect from a Blue Note release and gives fans of Soulive something new to digest in the way of new composition, different tempos, a decidedly different base influence (more pure jazz than funky groove) and a mix of musicians that compliment the new tunes rather well.
Being a Soulive convert due to their fan base in the hippie/jam band scene I was expecting more of the groovy funk feel but was pleasantly surprised that this was a strong studio compilation - the new tunes will most definitely play out for some incredible live renditions. A fan of Soulive or good music in general will most definitely be pleased with this CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funk is back ! March 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For a trio this is an incredible effort ! From the first track this CD entices you into their funky blend of music and tunes. The guest horns and sax player also compliment the musicians and fit better than a custome suit. If you like funky innovative jazz than buy this CD you won't be disappointed ! Only flaw is the recording seems to have been compressed digitally and the dynamic range is a little limiting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars With a little help from their friends... March 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is certainly a step forward for Soulive. Most noticeable is that the basic trio have started to add to the funky stew that is their sound. In particular the use of a four piece brass sectionon tracks 2,6 and 10 adds another dimension to their work. Guest Fred Wesley gets to spread out with some great trombone work - however special mention too for Jeremy Pelt the trumpet player who is a great foil to Wesley's thick sound.Bluenote producers have done a great job in getting Alan Evans drum sound well forward in the mix, although as another reviewer has noted the width of the recording dynamic is questionable. Outstanding tracks for me are "Doin Something", "Bridge to'Bama" and "Romantic". It's to be hoped that this album further brings Soulive to public attention, and that they add further sounds to the gumbo with their next recording.In the meantime, get hold of this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Soulive's Best Albums November 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Well I just had to express how I feel about this Soulive album Doin Something despite the 23 other reviews. For me a person who was on the ground floor of Soulive, being a student at The Berklee School of Music at the same time as Soulive guitarist Eric Krazno & living in the apartment downstairs from him. I got to hear lots of their music in its first stages. In my opinion this is the album that best represents Soulive. Doin Something holds alittle fun for everyone, each song has that head nodding groove but then you hear the melodies which remind me of a cross between bebop & intricate Chick Corea tunes thrown into a Lou Donaldson, James Brown bag. The band is able to fuse all of their many influences on this album from hip hop, house music, soul,R&B & of coarse modern jazz into a sound that is without a doubt their own. Check out the song "One in Seven" and you'll hear the house or "Bridge to Bama" one of my personal favorites and you'll hear alittle of each. This is a record where you can push the play button & let it go till the end. The one vocal track "Romantic" sung by Stephine McCay is also great & fits perfectly along side the instrumentals. Another treat is the appearance of James Brown horn man & arranger Fred Wesley who arranges all the horn parts & plays in the section along with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt & sax man Jaques- Swartz- Bart who gets some good rips in on tenor. The core Soulive trio of Alan Evans, Neal Evans & Eric Krazno are in top flight throughout the entire album. Check this album out & let it Do something to you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Time Traveler
I was attending a BBQ when I first heard this CD. Its ok if your looking for a Tower of Power imitation
Published 2 months ago by Whitey
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Note Debut, Soulive!!!
This is a great follow up to Soulive's first album. Now they're signed to probaly the greatest record company in the country; Blue Note, which also hosts Medeski Martin Wood,... Read more
Published on June 21, 2005 by Chris Covais
4.0 out of 5 stars fresh sound
Great sound a -little smooth at times though. This is a great trio of young players but the guitarist's "hep-jazz-cat" look is pretty funny.
Published on April 1, 2004 by A guy who thinks Ishtar is way hot
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Soul-Funk-Jazz
Before I delve into my review, I must say that this will be rather biased, as I know the drummer somewhat well and have other connections to the band (namely, their manager, jeff... Read more
Published on October 14, 2002 by Phil Boucher
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulive is amazing
I love this CD, and would definately recommend it to anyone.
Published on February 6, 2002 by "ckepner"
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd rather see them live
I bought the CD after seeing their amazing live show, so that is my reference point. Minus the obligatory vocal track this is a pretty good disc. Read more
Published on January 13, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin'
I saw them open for Dave Matthews Band, then ran out to buy this CD. It was just as good as their live show (which was smokin'). Read more
Published on November 15, 2001 by bwc
3.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully it's not all downhill from here...
Well, I bought the CD, and was disappointed. So, like most other CDs I don't like at first, I listened to it many times. Read more
Published on November 10, 2001 by jar240
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Other's have described this CD quite well, it's really great that they are continuing to evolve as a band. Read more
Published on October 19, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Music
The CD is smooth to listen to. It's not a CD that I would personally play everyday. However, it's great to put in when I have company or a special person over. Read more
Published on September 27, 2001 by Keith Boykin
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