Tower of Power mastermind Greg Adams has created a new project called
East Bay Soul. Members of the band are Greg Adams (trumpet), Brian
Allen (bass), Johnnie Bamont (sax and flute), Michael Paulo (sax),
Joey Navarro (keyboards), Johnny Sandoval (percussion), Evan Stone
(drums), Lee Thomburg (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone) and James
Wirrick (guitar). But don't await an instrumental-only band. On the
new album East Bay Soul are also a lot of vocals.
Nevertheless the band stands in the
tradition of Tower of Power with a strong emphasis on the horns. East
Bay Soul is entitled after the San Francisco East Bay Area. The group
presents contemporary jazz with a big dose of R&B, just the right
mixture to let you dance and groove.
The album starts with Survival Of
The Hippest, a horn driven tune featuring Greg Adams on solo
trumpet. Tom Bowes adds a short rap sequence which doesn't change the
brass laden character of the song.
Bop Drop is more or less a jazz interlude, a symbolic fig leaf
for the jazz purists. Reading Lips features Tom Bowes, former
lead singer of Tower of Power and today's a member of the group Funk Filharmonik. He puts his heart blood into melody and emotion.
Jump, Shout & Holler presents a further singer, Sean Holt.
He recently appeared on Richard Smith's
L.A. Chillharmonic. His singing is very trenchant and unique. The
cool is back on the mid-tempo What's It Gonna Be?, Greg Adams
and his muted trumpet.
With Always Take Two
Greg Adams and Carmen Grillo create a timeless beautiful piece of
music. The uplifting tune is simply hooking from the first note. Splendid
arrangement and superior performance of all band members let the
melody shine. Listen to the tune and you feel good.
iHope is an
appeal to everyone to choose the higher road, solve the problems of
the world and stay positive looking into future. The song features
singer Darryl Walker, who currently tours with his Darryl Walker
Project. Awaken is a trumpet-driven tune presenting Greg Adams
and Lee Thornburg. Herb Alpert's classical work has some influence on
If you like the
old rock songs of Chicago, there is no way to pass Stop. Carmen
Grillo's solo on guitar delivers a strong rock element like Lee
Thornburg's raw vocals do. Five To Eleven shows more the cool
contemporary jazz side of the group. The mood of a night walk through
the bars of the city. Final tune is the ballade Someone New, a
song of a lonely man who cannot forget his precious relationship.
Embodied by vocalist Tom Bowes and supported by a great horn set this
piece grows in you with dramatic.
Greg Adams fulfills a long carried
dream with East Bay Soul. Excellent horn arrangements combined with
great vocals are the musical transmitter of sizzling melodies.
Although standing in the tradition of Tower of Power Greg's new album
offers much more, a multi-colored world of sound..
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Title: East Bay Soul
Artist: Greg Adams
Genre: General R&B
Label: Ripa Records
01 Survival Of The Hippest [4:20]
02 Bop Drop [0:44]
03 Reading Lips [3:54]
04 Jump, Shout & Holler [3:45]
05 What's It Gonna Be? [4:18]
06 Always Take Two [3:48]
07 iHope [4:11]
08 Awaken [3:42]
09 Stop [3:49]
10 Five To Eleven [3:48]
11 Someone New [4:24]
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