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Crazy Vibes And Things

4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Not since Shakatak in the '80s has a band from London so effortlessly combined British acid jazz/funk with America's smooth-jazz sensibilities. Most of the tracks here have a mellowness about them that probably feels safe to those who don't need strong hip-hop rhythms and bold vocals. On the other hand, DTTB rely heavily on sharp, crisp arrangements, dynamic musicianship, and an adherence to a '70s sonic palette. Producer-arranger Stuart Wade is the artist with the brush on what is, if not the group's best album, certainly their most cohesive. Song titles are almost self-explanatory: "Searching for a Simple Groove," "Cooking with Gas," and "Electra Glide." --Mark Ruffin
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: GRP
  • ASIN: B0000633JV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I don't consider myself a jazz aficionado: my musical tastes are eclectic and jazz CDs ususally don't bubble up to the top of my purchasing list. However, listening to this disc in a store recently I found myself unable to keep my foot from tapping. These tunes are so danceable, especially "On A Roll", yet eminently enjoyable. I can assure you this disc will find heavy rotation in your CD changer. The music is funky, yet, approachable. I can imagine parents sharing this with their children to broaden their sonic palettes.
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You can tell that DTTB means business.Echoes of Brother Jack McDuff, Brecker Bros, Players Assn, Roy Ayres, even Cannonball Adderley and Brian Auger ring true from each one of the ten splendidly crafted tracks. Don't listen to the samples to get a flavor, that would be like listening to one instrument and believing you have an orchestra. Electra Glide opens up with a slow groovin'double sax attack reminicent of Adderley's Work Song. The next track, On a Roll is DTTB doin their thang jammin tighter than a bra on Pamela Anderson. The title track...well is classic, right up there with "Always There-Ronnie Laws", "Mr. Magic-Grover" and "Birdland-Weather Report". DTTB's first vocal track My One and All sounds admittedly like Incognito at it's best-but with definitely better musicianship and arrangement. Special recognition has to go to Neil Angilley the hardest working keyboardist in show business and producer Stuart Wade. DTTB is by far is the best live jazz show on the road and guaranteed to have you bumpin' in the isles.....
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DTTB has done it again! "Crazy Vibes and Things" continues the DTTB tradition of mixing jazz and funk into a heady brew that defies you not to get totally lost in it. The CD opens with the simmering funk vibe of "Electra Glide", which you may have already heard if you went to see DTTB on their 2001 U.S. tour. As is the case with DTTB CDs, it's really hard to pick out a favorite track but I find that I hit the repeat button for "On a Roll", "I Softly Surrender (to You)," and "Stargazer."
"Crazy Vibes and Things" also has the first DTTB vocal track, "My One and All." Frankly I was a little afraid that vocals would might take away from the already-solid DTTB sound, but the voice of Hil St. Soul complements the track quite well.
I got this CD several days ago, and it has not left my CD player yet. If you're looking for the perfect CD for those Saturday cookouts, beach days, or better yet flying down the highway with the top down...your search has now ended.
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Paul "Shilts" Weimar, who is also a member of DTTB, has an album entitled, "See What Happens." Shilts' album, "SWH", eventhough different, has some similarites to "CVAT." "CVAT" is a little more funky and melodic compared to DTTB's previous albums. Like "SWH", "CVAT" is a little more groove oriented than DTTB's earlier work.
Something I noticed on both "SWH" and "CVAT" is that the first song on each album, eventhough good, has more of a "just getting started" sound to them. When the albums get to their second songs, that's when both albums take off. From that point on, there's no stopping either of these albums.
"CVAT" has a very pleasing, enjoyable sound to it. This is one of those albums that never lets up. One song after another, a funky, pulsating groove. In addition to that, this album has a very hip, cool sound to it. Track# 9, "Searching for a Simple Groove", if that doesn't cause you to groove, then I don't know what will.
My favortie song on this album is the title song, "Crazy Vibes and Things." You need to watch out for this song. This song sounds so good, that it hurts. This is one of the best sounding albums that I've heard in a long time.
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I know funky jazz and how it should sound. DTTB has accomplished this feat. The bands driving melodies create a pleasing euphoria similar to what I felt when I heard earth, wind and fire for the first time. I believe DTTB is destined for similar fame. You just can't match that funky sound anywhere else. My advice is to buy all of their albums and you won't be disappointed.
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Anyone who loves jazz and occasional funky grooves from high-level musicians will love any song on any cd of Down to the Bone. We are huge fans and everytime we listen to this group, every time, someone will say who is that? I cannot say enough and words seem to dilute how great this music is.
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First time I was exposed to the music of Down To The Bone,as is many occasions when it came to the mid/late 90's jazz-funk revivalists (referred to often as Acid Jazz),was through the bargain CD bin. The album in question was their debut From Manhattan to Staten,an excellent album that positively effected my entire family. It was,interestingly enough my mom's purchase. And music always effects one best when their is some such positive connection to it. Due to the price or the fact they were simply rather difficult to locate in my neck of the woods,Down To The Bone albums have never found their way into my collection until now. They were sparsely stocked when they first came out. And consequently I never found used copies. That all changed earlier this afternoon when I came across a couple,one of which was this one,for under $3 at Bull Moose. This is unprecedented with this artist as far as I'm concerned. So I took them home with great enthusiasm to listen to them. No spoilers intended before the review,I was not the least bit surprised by my reaction.

"Electra Glide" opens the album with a bumping,percussive groove that's rhythmically built almost entirely on multiple layers of wah-wah effects and a wonderfully captivating melody. "On A Roll" embodies the sound that I am most familiar with from this group-an electric keyboard laden funk groove with with strongly punctuated horn solos and this rhythmically swinging jazz/house back-beat. The title song gets the same vibe,with just a mildly more jazz oriented flavor. "I Surrender Softly","Glow" and "Stargazer" all possess different and jazzy variations on what essentially amounts to a 70's Motown style groove.
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