to what I’ve heard from bassistand multi-instrumentalist
Peter Muller so far, is that he clearly understands that
by sculpting the elements of jazz plus the variables of funk equals a
probing fusion sound called M-Vibez. As a musician, Peter’s
hasscored and produced an amazingly funky new project on
his own record label qualifying him as an innovator while engaging in
the reality of ownership. M-Vibez is an expression of Peter
Muller’s musical persona, listen closely and discover a
provocatively funky new voice in today’s jazz.
Players: Peter Muller ~ Lead & Background Bass Guitar, Synths,
Samples & FX, Drum, Percussion and Guitar programming, Vocoder
& Vocals, Frank Mead ~ Alto, Soprano sax and flute,
Christian Kappe ~ Trumpet, Tobias Neumann ~ Rhodes &
Organ Licks, Steve Weiters ~ Guitar, Oliver Spanuth ~
Drum Samples & Cymbals, Florian Poser ~ Vibes, Muhammed
Paul ~ Synth Pad, and Ulie Rode ~ Acoustic Guitar
out of the box with a tight funk laced groove entitled “Trigger”
(for Marcus) you immediately get the jest where Peter Muller is
going musically with straight in your face Miller style funk. Muller’s
slap technique is used in full force assuring you that he’s about
the business of the groove. His sidemen adapt by anchoring these
funk-dipped grooves with trumpet solos by Christian Kappe and Tobias
Neumann’s Rhodes and organ stimulates the mood on the jazzy tip.
the second track opening with percussive fragments programmed by Muller;
soon his slap technique gives you a clue that the groove is about to
begin. Consider the Englishman’s influences musically Mark
King of Level 42, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke the
evidence is clear cut and darn right funky to the bone!
next track is called “Pretty Hot and Tempting /Phat”; Peter
walks the bass slow sliding up and down the fret (also using the
vocoder) Neumann’s keys accents the interlude of what is to
be another MM inspired groove. The band drops in giving up
they’re individual dose of groove making this a hip appetizing jazz
flavor to savor between listens.
changes directions by slowing down the tempo showing the more melodic
side of his qualities as a songwriter. After listening to “Mauritius”
you might do a double take simply because the track is nice but
doesn’t necessarily gel with the previous tracks.
chanting monk voice intercedes at the intro of “Eastbound”
soon seduced by percussive beats and the vamping yet rapacious bass
licks by Muller! Eastbound is a bass lovers delight
that’s if you’re into slap funk grooves, the enchanting monk voice
blends perfectly adding cohesive textures and flavors.
Creepers” at the interlude and extended version melted together
at the 6th & 7th position on the cd. Muller’s
homey and label-mate saxophonist Frank Mead coupled with an
appearance by vibe wizard Florian Poser creeps in with an
intense solo smoothing the ruff edges of the groove keepin’ the
flavor of jazz in sync.
versatility is a pleasant surprise as found here on “I’ll Be
There”; again, Muller turns to the softer side of his
musical repertoire. Saxophonist Frank Mead offers the warmth
that one would expect to hear from a seasoned saxophonist.
the title track steps in at the 9th spot and of course, as
you would imagine Muller turns it up. Kappe plays
flugelhorn here adding a fresh voice layered with noticeable jazz
textures calling you the listener in for a short visit.
of the three mid-tempo tracks on “M-Vibez”, I found “After
You’ve Gone” penned by Muller and Neumann most
appealing. Hmmm, maybe because Muller not only solos
eloquently he opts to use Neumann on the piano giving this
composition a jazzier tone along with an intimate feel to this
World” concludes this set of eleven tasty gems with Muller
playing all instruments including the Vocoder & Vocals, as he
welcomes us to his place a Peaceful World.
consistentthroughout M-Vibez with the pulse of his
creative voice he hasaccurately tapped into the fusion of
Jazz, Funk, Soul, R & B, Hip Hop, and Latin Vibes making “M-Vibez”
and enjoyable and challenging listening experience for those of you
that are seeking a refreshing alternative to the mainstream called M-Vibez!
for music lovers with a passion for funk everywhere!