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Nocturnal

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A groove record for the masses that despenses equal parts electro-jazz soul, funk and fun.

Review

The stylistic consistency of Four80East is remarkable on Nocturnal. The production and compositional values achieved on these ten tracks are a testament to the duo's passion and commitment to their music as well as their formidable technical wizardry. --Paula Edelstein, All Music Guide

Nocturnal overflows with hypnotic melodies and chordal moods; and a pulsing, liberating beat that swings effortlessly from jazz to funk to rock and back again. This is a recording that merits an honored place in every jazz library--GET IT!!! --cfitz@webzone.net, Amazon.co.uk

Four80East a ""group name"" for the duo of Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace, who composed, mixed, and produced the CD and played the majority of the instruments; an occasional trumpet, tenor sax, or flute makes a cameo appearance. So predictably, it's a highly programmed affair, but as such it's a very likable effort. There's a lot more sonic variety and creativity than you hear in most smooth jazz efforts, which are calculated to soothe and sound familiar rather than challenge. The sticker on the CD box calls it ""electro-groove-jazz,"" and that's a pretty good assessment. ""Techno-smooth"" might work as well. The title is apropos, too; this is definitely after-dark music, often with dusky, shadowy, yet rhythmic backgrounds and seductively musing melodies and solos. It's mellow in places, but never a sleeper. On many tunes, a Fender Rhodes piano provides an earthy warmth to compliment the programmed elements. ""Wake and Bake"" features echoed, fluttering flute and muted trumpet providing ornamentations over a slinky, seductive rhythm. Sometimes it gets downright funky, as on ""Sweet Tooth,"" with its popping bass and Michael Brecker-influenced electric tenor sax through a wah-wah pedal. Tony Grace does some interesting things by spreading percussion (real and programmed) across the stereo spectrum.Certainly, jazz purists won't like this one, although there is some capable improvization. But if you enjoy an occasional one- or two-person band CD, I can recommend this one. It's anything but cliche. --Dave Hughes, All About Jazz

Nocturnal overflows with hypnotic melodies and chordal moods; and a pulsing, liberating beat that swings effortlessly from jazz to funk to rock and back again. This is a recording that merits an honored place in every jazz library--GET IT!!! --cfitz@webzone.net, Amazon.co.uk

Four80East a ""group name"" for the duo of Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace, who composed, mixed, and produced the CD and played the majority of the instruments; an occasional trumpet, tenor sax, or flute makes a cameo appearance. So predictably, it's a highly programmed affair, but as such it's a very likable effort. There's a lot more sonic variety and creativity than you hear in most smooth jazz efforts, which are calculated to soothe and sound familiar rather than challenge. The sticker on the CD box calls it ""electro-groove-jazz,"" and that's a pretty good assessment. ""Techno-smooth"" might work as well. The title is apropos, too; this is definitely after-dark music, often with dusky, shadowy, yet rhythmic backgrounds and seductively musing melodies and solos. It's mellow in places, but never a sleeper. On many tunes, a Fender Rhodes piano provides an earthy warmth to compliment the programmed elements. ""Wake and Bake"" features echoed, fluttering flute and muted trumpet providing ornamentations over a slinky, seductive rhythm. Sometimes it gets downright funky, as on ""Sweet Tooth,"" with its popping bass and Michael Brecker-influenced electric tenor sax through a wah-wah pedal. Tony Grace does some interesting things by spreading percussion (real and programmed) across the stereo spectrum.Certainly, jazz purists won't like this one, although there is some capable improvization. But if you enjoy an occasional one- or two-person band CD, I can recommend this one. It's anything but cliche. --Dave Hughes, All About Jazz

1. Shakedown
2. Viaduct
3. Bumper to Bumper
4. Drive Time
5. Sweet Tooth
6. Wake and Bake
7. On The Strip
8. Wait It Out
9. First Time
10. Hazy Lazy

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 23, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Boomtang Records
  • ASIN: B002UEWRT6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caregiver on February 20, 2011
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I recently discovered this group on Amazon and I love them. Their funky techno jazz style tugs at my heart strings. This album is awesome. It's right up there with their "Roll on" and "En Route" Album. Tracks toward the end have some really Nocturnal type cuts that are sexy and soothing. Buy it. You will like it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By paul on April 4, 2011
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This to me by far the best four80east album yet! Give it a try you wont be dissapointed! Kevin an avide jazz fusion listener.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Almy Loewinger on February 6, 2010
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I love this CD, especially tracks 2, 3 and 6. It is very upbeat and catchy.
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Four80East is my favorite group. They way that they mix their songs on every album is just fantastic. No song is the same and each instrument is clearly and distinctly played. No one who likes to dance or just sit and listen to good music will ever be disappointed when they hear Four80East.
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By Oz on December 20, 2012
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Years ago I bought a Four80East CD. Recently I realized hom much I love their sound so I looked for and purchased this CD. IT is FABULOUS. If you like Four80East or smooth jazz, you'll love this CD.
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By Michael on May 24, 2012
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Pretty good album, not my favorite Four80East album but worth a listen if you're a fan. I'd reccomend to any fan.
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