Title - 'Jazz, Groove & Attitude'
Artist - Under The Lake
2018 marks Under The Lake's 25th Anniversary and so why wouldn't they want to bring forth one of their best albums to date.
But more of that in a moment, for over the past 25 years, UTL has garnered many notable accomplishments including: nominations for Best Pop-Jazz Album and Best Pop-Jazz Group in the 1994 San Diego Music Awards; and “Up For Air” was listed by WBJB (NY/NJ) as one of the top 10 releases for 1996.
Black Entertainment Television's BET on Jazz included the song “The Slider” on their Jazz Discoveries CD released and distributed by BMG Direct (1997); Radio and syndicated broadcast of songs from both CDs nationally and internationally; and their 1994 release “Dive In” was listed as Chartbound for 5 weeks on Gavin's NAC tracking.
Indeed, Under The Lake's last release, "People Together" (2007) was on the Smooth Jazz Indie Radio Chart for 11 weeks and received radio airplay throughout the country. And so, as Under The Lake recordings continue to be heard streaming on Spotify, GooglePlay, and iTunes, released February 23rd, 2018, their brand new album Jazz, Groove & Attitude is here to claim even more awards and accolades.
1. 'Breaking Through'
2. 'Good Things'
3. 'November 30th'
4. 'George is His Name'
5. 'Fathers Day'
6. 'Second Time Around'
8. 'Full Of Life'
9. 'I Just Can't Wait'
10. 'Rise and Shine'
11. 'September Groove'
The new album from Portland, OR's UTL (Keyboardist Jayson Tipp, Bassist Kenny Franklin, Guitarists Trent Baarspul or Evan Mustard, Drummer Brian Foxworth, saxophonist Nat Caranto and trombonist John Moak), and which also features David Evans on tenor sax, with special guest Joe Powers on harmonica), kicks off with the upbeat and funky 'Breaking Through', and backs that up with both the trumpets of 'Good Things' and the slip 'n' slide vibe of 'November 30th.'
The laid back approach to 'George is His Name' is a winner from start to finish and is backed by the mid-tempo funk and slap bass of 'Fathers Day.' Next up is one of my own personal favorites in the late night, smokey jazz club appeal of 'Second Time Around' which itself is followed by the deep heartfelt raw soul of 'LGT' and then the trumpets and organ come back to the fore on the longest track on the CD at just over seven minutes, 'Full Of Life.'
Next up is the vibrantly soulful 'I Just Can't Wait' and that's backed by the low and breezy 'Rise and Shine', with this terrific album coming to a close with the six minute trumpet epic, 'September Groove.'
In closing, Under The Lake does an excellent job of featuring their own individual style and instruments in a collaborative fashion, from the funky bass and drums to the guitar grooves, melodic keyboards and sexy saxophone. See them live whenever they come to your town and buy this, and all their previous CDs today.
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