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March 2009 marks Soulive's 10th Anniversary, ten years since Eric Krasno, Alan Evans and his brother Neal Evans got together for the first time at a home studio just outside of Woodstock, NY and recorded Get Down.

Over the past 10 years, Soulive has covered a lot of ground musically and literally.
The band has traveled to nearly every corner of the world, touring Ghana, Russia, nearly all of Europe, Brazil, and Japan (nine times!). They've been across America on dozens of tours. New Orleans Jazz Fest has become a home away from home. And in their actual home, New York City, they are closing in on their 100th show.
Not many bands can say they've recorded with Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli and John Scofield. Nor can many bands open for The Rolling Stones on one tour and have Stevie Wonder sit in with them on the next tour. Jazz, hip-hop, rock, soul, funk, R & B, blues-- musically, there is not much the band hasn't done.

In developing their own history, Soulive has been in the company of legends both new and old. In 2000, Bruce Lundvall signed the band to Blue Note Records and Soulive became part of recorded music's greatest jazz legacy. Six years later, Soulive would be the first band signed to the new incarnation of Stax Records, joining the incredible soul tradition built by Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, and Otis Redding.

Soulive has always been creatively restless, never content to ride a sound (or a look) for too long. Consistent through all of the different line-ups, though, was the groove Neal's club-shaking left hand pounding out bass lines, Alan's ride cymbal propelling the music forward, and Eric's solos soaring on top.

Now unencumbered by a record contract and fully equipped with a state-of-the-art recording studio, Soulive is embracing the new music business model by launching their own record label, Royal Family Records. With a focus on digital distribution, the label will be an outlet for all Soulive recordings as well as numerous Soulive affiliated projects.
Soulive will launch their label with the release of their new studio effort Up Here. The LP was recorded in Alan's new studio in Hatfield, Mass in the fall of 2008. This is the Soulive album I've always wanted to record, it's what I've been hearing in my head for years, says Alan, who also tracked and mixed the record. It's like when people say if I could go back in time knowing what I know now. Well, that's what we did with Up Here. The session had the vibe and energy of Get Down but with all of our experiences from the past 10 years put down on tape in a very meaningful way.

The record's opening track Upright immediately sets the tone with a completely infectious hook featuring Neal on an old upright piano. There are some nods to the old-school on the record. For Granted is a tip of the hat to Grant Green, and Eric plays licks reminiscent of his early solos on Get Down and Turn It Out. Guest vocalist Nigel Hall tears it up on Too Much while Eric's guitar sings like D'Angelo on the laid-back grind of Put on Yo Pajamas. The entire record features tight horn arrangements from long-time Soulive collaborators and friends, Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis.

No matter how you listen to Up Here, it sounds like you're listening to vintage vinyl. One of the most difficult things about making a record with a great live band is capturing all that live energy while still making the record that's about songs. Up Here does as good a job as any record could in accomplishing this. Straight up, says Alan, this is the first Soulive album that I can say every tune on it is my favorite on the album.

1. Up Right
2. The Swamp
3. Too Much
4. Backwards Jack
5. PJ's
6. Tonight
7. Hat Trick
8. For Granted
9. Prototype

Product Details

  • Vinyl (July 7, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TVT Records
  • ASIN: B0029ZUQ9O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Rodriguez on April 21, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
The Quick & Dirty:

Soulive returns with a gritty, soulful, funky musical statement that's sure to please.

The Lowdown:

After the experimentation that was "No Place Like Soul", the legendary jazz/soul outfit Soulive strips down to the basics to produce a musical statement that's as familiar as an old 12" and at the same time fresh as the sunrise.

First of all, the mixes on "Up Here" are extraordinary, taking the lo-fi feel of earlier work ("Get Down") and adding the slightest gloss to it to keep things interesting. The panning of similar elements vary from track to track, so things feel less predictable and more like each track is its own little universe. The vocal mixes are excellent, too, with Nigel Hall's work feeling like it is work that was recorded contemporaneously with Sam Cooke and James Brown. As a result, "Up Here" crackles with urgent intensity and unbridled creative energy.

The composition and instrumentation is exactly what we would expect from such a technically sound outfit: sharp, expressive, subtle and intelligent. No one overplays, and even the solos (as outstanding as they are) are kept to a minimum bar count to let the rest of the music breathe and groove. The core ingredients of Soulive (Alan on drums; Neal on bass keys and organ, clavinet and upright piano; Kraz on guitars) do what they do best: interplay, support and compliment. The extraneous elements (the Shady Horns and the afoementioned Hall on vocals) add that little extra garnish to put the project over the top. Just a really pleasing listen all around.

A few outstanding tracks are the hip-hop soul of "The Swamp", the 60's groove of "Too Much", and the slinky flow of "PJs".

That is not to say, though, that "Up Here" is perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FenderBender on September 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a great package. The CD is loaded with new Soulive grooves and a mix that takes me back a few years, before overproduction became the norm for a large part of the recording industry. This CD has got some definitive groove moments here. Nigel's voice on the vocal tracks is superb. The mix is good and the horns add a great dimension. But the real jewel here is the DVD. This DVD is a cooker. The film work and the sound quality are spot on. I own a lot of music DVD's and this ranks near the top of my list. The band is TIGHT and when the horns kick in, WATCH OUT!! Everybody does great work on this DVD. But the standout in my opinion is Neal Evans. He does double duty -- bass keyboard and Hammond B-3. His bass lines are off the chart and so funky, I can't stand still. True, I'd prefer he play a true B-3 pedal board but whatever, you can't have it all. This package is a must buy for any Soulive, jazz-funk, etc. music lovers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry King on October 20, 2009
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I'm diggin this album. Soulive has taken a slightly different direction with a sound that resembles vintage soul/funk recordings. It kind of sounds like they didn't completely master the mix and recorded it with a single mic in a room of gods of groove. Awesome tracks include "Up Right" "Too Much" and "Tonight".
Horns and singer on several tracks sound so tight. They're back on tour for the fall and I got their opening show at The Note in West Chester. Back to the trio format, blowing away the audience as usual. Pretty Good SHIZZ
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Well the "first time" I refer to is my first time listening to a full on Soulive album. That was one reason for picking this up. The other was the involvement of Nigel Hall on vocals. He's a keyboard player/vocalist who,with no intentional bragging, I must say I actually knew in his early days of performing. And quite well. But it was more giving a group a fair chance in my case. I've listened to so much funk of different types such as jazz funk,techno funk,boogie funk,dance funk and flat out funk funk. During the late 90's/early 2000's there seemed to be a particular emphasis on a type of funk that very closely followed the James Brown production approach. Not necessarily his innovative instrumentation. But more the idea that his sometimes ragged sounding productions were intentional. So the end result was a lot of bands such as Greyboy All Stars and Lettuce,early in their careers making records with a live band sound but comparatively meager production values at times. I honestly felt Soulive tended to be a little that way at times. But since funk snobbery seems almost like a contradiction in terms to me this seemed like the first album of theirs I'd want to take a look at.

And a funky album it is for sure. It's mostly instrumental and very very inventive. And since the musicians on this album never number more than five it's surprising how full the sound is. The title song and,"Backwards Jack" and "The Swamp" are particularly heavy that way. Somehow,the way the drums and guitar are played in such a way that the sound is full near the point of bombastic. Not usually the way one would think of funk,a music usually defined by breaks and rests. But the energy level is so heavy and the grooves are so strong that it hardly makes a difference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe MacPhail on April 4, 2011
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Up Here has its own vibe. The music just has a particular sonic sound which is this beautiful, layered funky masterpiece. It straddles the line between gritty and old-school but also current and with advanced audio. The performances are great.

Up Right - Up Here comes crashing in from the very first track, which is absolutely live energy encapsulated. It has a great mix, the Shady Horns really add, Neal plays some really cool piano, but the organ solo just smacks everything out of bounds. This song is a message, saying "we're here and we will deliver the goods." This track is smokin'

The Swamp - The album continues the two words per song title motif with The Swamp, a nice, moodier but still funky second tune. It still has a punch and a kick to it, but gives the same live energy through a somewhat different sound. There is lot of full-panned delay which does nicely, and some awesome clavinet riffage. Not to mention octave guitar. Alan Evans keeps everything full of energy and right in the pocket, where it should be. The outtro length might be a little excessive, but it doesn't really matter.

Too Much - Nigel Hall is a master. Soulive is legendary. Therefore, this track kicks some serious behind. It is funky, soulful, and features a great james-brown style groove courtesy of the drummer, Alan Evans. All around great track. Everyone gets the solo baton passed to them, and does good work with it.

Backwards Jack - Comes out of the left field, sounding like a lost Lettuce record. It is still very soulive, and features some great leslied guitar. Krasno has fun with this one. There's also a wah horn solo.

PJs - This track wins. Every note is perfect. Just sit back and enjoy. It just envelops you.
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