Sambada - Flame
you combine the DJ’s ears and production talents of Chris Bangs with
the energy of a creative group of musicians, notably Nigel Price, you
you combine a feel for the best retro club sounds and modern acid-jazz
– and do it with a sense of style – you get “Flame”.
This is Sambada’s second album, and for me it typifies what
makes UK jazz different from it US counterpart.
This album is an antidote
to overproduced and over-slick music that takes itself too seriously.
One day, someone will open a club where you can dance to music
The bustling opener Wes
Not Wes is a club track, with big, bad 80’s-style drums courtesy
of Chris Bangs, mad percussion, choppy rhythm guitar and our first taste
of vibraphone. It’s
really retro and very infectious. Nigel
Price’s gorgeous jazz guitar takes the lead here – as the clever
If you are into goodtime
party tracks with a 60’s feel, One Mo’ Yeh could be just what
you’re looking for. Guitar
is up front again for this very snappy, happy song.
It’s a more latin feel
that opens El Nino, with that percussion and a sexy swing.
The live drums and organ are really retro.
Listen out for lazy tenor sax from Christian Brewer and vibes
from Martin Pyne.
D Fuzed has it in spades!
The same guy who’s so sweet on guitar gets really mean on bass
and drives this tune. The
bass is so high in the mix that it dominates everything but the drums. I
love it. It’s even got a
good ending. Where’s the
In The Thick Of It
is a mid-tempo groover with a cool female lead vocal by Rita Campbell
– think of Basia, think of Swing Out Sister.
This should be a single – if it isn’t already.
You’ll be sure that you’ve heard this before.
You can dance to Sambao
and the fast beat is infectious, just as much as the double-tracked,
singing guitar lines of Nigel Price.
This song is classy, yet lots of fun.
More very hip club jazz on Los
Caminos, where guitar and vibes double up over yet another
irresistible groove. The
acoustic guitar solo might make you think of Acoustic Alchemy.
Please come to my home town and play this live…
Flame has pretty
much a disco beat and that chuggin’ bass is overlaid with a very
catchy saxophone melody. Guitar
and vibes solos keep the interest going.
It’s both original and familiar.
I have a soft spot for
songs that feature seaside sound effects and the subdued Cruisin’
conjures up warm days of summer. The
drums are a little hyperactive for such a cool track. Urban jazzers will love it though… Sun cream is obligatory when listening.
Music Box also tries
to mix a very acid jazz backbeat with more guitar and the delicate
keyboards of Elliot Mortimer. It
somehow works and it’s a very contemporary sound.
This is a jam and once you get to the sleazy trumpet solo,
I thought this was an old
Spyro Gyra track but no, Sambasol is a great example of what
Sambada are all about. Latin,
jazz, dance and everything is thrown in the pot – rhythm, percussion,
sax, guitar and vibes. If
you heard this on holiday, and I hope you do one day, you would buy it
as soon as possible.
I’ve said enough. Listening to this album made me feel good. That’s what I always hope my music will do and if I’m right, Sambada will find lots of fans like me.
Baseline Records – no catalog number available – Producers Chris Bangs and Nigel Price
Reviewed by Chris Mann