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Round 3

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Another first class funky Electro-Jazz offering from the nu-masters of smooth.

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I'd been searching for a sound. I found part of it in the jazz world...that soothing, instrumental mix that remains timeless. Yet it was proving difficult to locate anything that related, yet had some serious funk to it. Found several that played up the tenor sax, but after a while that can become monotonous. And then I happened across F8E on the Amazon listen site. I immediately bought all 3 cd's, and am a true fan. They're multi-faceted, and true to their form, withouth wavering into unusual territory to 'explore' and 'find themselves'. They stay true to the groove, and for that reason, I will - without hesitation - purchase the next offering. --Joey Sulipeck, Memphis TN<br \><br \>This cd is laced thick with the funk. Percision playing...great grooves. A cd for your head to nod to beginning to end. Excellent mix of jazz and funk. If your looking for a pool of sonic satisfaction...jump in. It's deep --themanlowtones"", Amazon US<br \><br \>Although most of my favorite acid jazz groups always seem to disappoint me and other fans with their third or fourth albums, F8E put out Round 3 and delighted me just as much as they did with their first two albums. While it is still easy to detect this group's unique sound on this new album, two things distinguish Round 3 from the other albums. The first is, as mentioned above, enough funk to knock a couple of teeth out. However, do not go thinking that Round 3 is too hard and boisterous to retain F8E's silky smoothness--it's still there. The other distinction (most evident in the third track, ""TKO"") is their use of a vintage-y, big band sound--reminiscent of an era when a boxing match on the radio drew the same crowds that the Superbowl does today. It sounds as if F8E had Count Basie and Glenn Miller, playing samples right there in the studio, and dropped the resulting tracks in a sizzling pot to melt right into F8E's own sound to make one seamless creation. Also, for the college students, I'm a sophomore at Xavier University, so don't be afraid to try this, one of the artists that comes on the same station your parents listen to on their way home from work (smooth jazz 105.9 in DC), because this group, contrary to my hypothesis, is one of the few of my favorites that my Pop-music-head friends actually like! Oh, yes folks--Heavyweight champion Four 80 East has successfully defended the title. Ding! --ShopAround Diva ""GroovDiva"", New Orleans

This cd is laced thick with the funk. Percision playing...great grooves. A cd for your head to nod to beginning to end. Excellent mix of jazz and funk. If your looking for a pool of sonic satisfaction...jump in. It's deep --themanlowtones"", Amazon US

Although most of my favorite acid jazz groups always seem to disappoint me and other fans with their third or fourth albums, F8E put out Round 3 and delighted me just as much as they did with their first two albums. While it is still easy to detect this group's unique sound on this new album, two things distinguish Round 3 from the other albums. The first is, as mentioned above, enough funk to knock a couple of teeth out. However, do not go thinking that Round 3 is too hard and boisterous to retain F8E's silky smoothness--it's still there. The other distinction (most evident in the third track, ""TKO"") is their use of a vintage-y, big band sound--reminiscent of an era when a boxing match on the radio drew the same crowds that the Superbowl does today. It sounds as if F8E had Count Basie and Glenn Miller, playing samples right there in the studio, and dropped the resulting tracks in a sizzling pot to melt right into F8E's own sound to make one seamless creation. Also, for the college students, I'm a sophomore at Xavier University, so don't be afraid to try this, one of the artists that comes on the same station your parents listen to on their way home from work (smooth jazz 105.9 in DC), because this group, contrary to my hypothesis, is one of the few of my favorites that my Pop-music-head friends actually like! Oh, yes folks--Heavyweight champion Four 80 East has successfully defended the title. Ding! --ShopAround Diva ""GroovDiva"", New Orleans
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Boomtang Records
  • ASIN: B002UEWRSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The group Four80East moves solidly into the land of jazz-funk on "Round 3," its most lively album yet. Fans of the group know that continuing the smoky jazz and electronic textures present on its previous releases would have been enough to make this a good album, but bandleaders Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace added a large number of rock and retro-styled touches to many of the tracks, giving them a more obvious variety than on "Nocturnal" (2001) and their self-titled debut (1998).
The biggest difference between this release and the others, beyond the new sounds, is a greater level of consistency. For me, the prior F80E releases tended to weaken in track quality as the album progressed, especially on "Nocturnal." This problem doesn't exist on "Round 3" as all the tracks are excellent.
"Montreux" and "3 Out Of 4" are signature tracks, easily recognized and highly accessable. "TKO" with its boxing background noises, Rat Pack-style horn samples, and acoustic bass take the F80E sound in a new post-modern direction, while still remaining recognizable. "Last Flight To L.A.," with its bouncy bass line, Latin percussion, and electric piano flourishes, gives a decidely Southern California feel, quite a feat for a couple of Canadian jazz artists. The last track, "Burn Down The Bayou" kind of sounds like what might happen if Nine Inch Nails and Medeski Martin & Wood met up and started jamming.
If you like Four80East's prevoius albums or those of Down To The Bone, you will love this album. Casual fans of other contemporary jazz (like Medeski Martin & Wood) will find plenty to like as well. It even rocks enough for the pop crowd. Buy it without hesitation.
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This cd is laced thick with the funk. Percision playing...great grooves. A cd for your head to nod to beginning to end. Excellent mix of jazz and funk. If your looking for a pool of sonic satisfaction...jump in. It's deep
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I'd been searching for a sound. I found part of it in the jazz world...that soothing, instrumental mix that remains timeless. Yet it was proving difficult to locate anything that related, yet had some serious funk to it. Found several that played up the tenor sax, but after a while that can become monotonous. And then I happened across F8E on the Amazon listen site. I immediately bought all 3 cd's, and am a true fan. They're multi-faceted, and true to their form, withouth wavering into unusual territory to 'explore' and 'find themselves'. They stay true to the groove, and for that reason, I will - without hesitation - purchase the next offering.
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Another extraordinary effort from Toronto, Canada jazz wizards Four80East. Round 3 is something of a departure from their elegantly cerebral cd, Nocturnal, but no one's going to be disappointed. There are still enough atmospheric grooves and spacey musical effects to fill a planetarium. However, the emphasis in Round 3 is on "funkiness"--and it'll definitely funk your brains out.
Each track is an individual soundscape. Some, like Last Flight to LA, are moodily introspective. Then there's Burn Down the Bayou, a hypnotically pulsating bass ostinato underlining a funky, synthesized trumpet solo. In Je Pense a Toi, a French babe whispers sweet nothings from amidst Vangelis-like synths and pirouetting guitar and bass riffs. Mint Julep begins as a shiveringly beautiful and atmospheric melody that soon transforms into a down south style bass and harmonica duel, sustained all the while by the same melody, which haunts the background before finally forcing itself again to the fore.
It would take a very long review to do full justice to Round 3. Fluent melodies, trance inducing beats, stylish arrangements, inventive musical effects, rock crushing bass lines... One could go on almost forever. As you listen to this music pay close attention to the keys, guitar and bass--they're all the same guy! Which is why Four80East remains a studio entity. Rob DeBoer and percussionist Tony Grace are the creative masterminds and do-alls behind Four80East. As with Nocturnal and before that, The Album, they are assisted in their musical voyages by a crew of stellar soloists.
This is not your mother's jazz. "Electro-jazz", "groove jazz", trance jazz", hypno-jazz", call it what you will, Round 3 will knock your socks off. Get it!
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Although most of my favorite acid jazz groups always seem to disappoint me and other fans with their third or fourth albums, F8E put out Round 3 and delighted me just as much as they did with their first two albums.
While it is still easy to detect this group's unique sound on this new album, two things distinguish Round 3 from the other albums. The first is, as mentioned above, enough funk to knock a couple of teeth out. However, do not go thinking that Round 3 is too hard and boisterous to retain F8E's silky smoothness--it's still there.
The other distinction (most evident in the third track, "TKO") is their use of a vintage-y, big band sound--reminiscent of an era when a boxing match on the radio drew the same crowds that the Superbowl does today. It sounds as if F8E had Count Basie and Glenn Miller, playing samples right there in the studio, and dropped the resulting tracks in a sizzling pot to melt right into F8E's own sound to make one seamless creation.
Also, for the college students, I'm a sophomore at Xavier University, so don't be afraid to try this, one of the artists that comes on the same station your parents listen to on their way home from work (smooth jazz 105.9 in DC), because this group, contrary to my hypothesis, is one of the few of my favorites that my Pop-music-head friends actually like!
Oh, yes folks--Heavyweight champion Four 80 East has successfully defended the title. Ding!
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