What makes a great musician? May be that Euge Groove already has
recorded his seventh album, but foremost his glooming relationship to the
audience. When he performs, he is the vivid center of action. He is the hero
of party and fun. A real master of entertainment. No wonder that
diva Tina Turner chose him as her sax player during her tour in 2008.
After Sunday Morning S7ven Large is Euge's second album
for Shanachie Entertainment. . "The number seven is a very powerful
and significant number. God rested on the seventh day, there are seven
wonders of the ancient world, seven celestial bodies visible to the
naked eye, and many other miraculous instances of the number seven
throughout history. On my 7th, I’m hoping that listeners will hear the
evolution and growth in my music,” says Euge.
Euge assembled the finest artists of smooth jazz on his new album:
Trevor Lawrence and Dan Needham (drums), Tracy Carter (piano, Fender
Rhodes), Cornelius Mims (bass), John Jubu Smith and Ross Bolton
(guitar), Lee Thornburg (trombone, trumpet) and as special guests Paul
Brown, Rick Braun, Peter White, Jeff Golub and Gregg Karukas.
Euge admits that it's easier to record an album then to name it.
Somehow he is joking around, when he calls the starting track
Track 1. When you believe, that Najee or Kenny G can blow
the most affectionate soprano sax then listen to Euge's
On The Funky Bunch Euge turns the volume control up to an
energetic horn driven blow in the style of Tower of Power. S7ven
Large is Euge's song to pair with John Jubu's guitar meandering
into Tracy Carter's superb piano play. With the spiritual Prayer For
Peace Groove shares the great community of artists supporting the
movement for a better world.
Remember the good old Days Of Soul. Those summer days packed
full of entertainment and fun. This is the essence of Euge's
performance. The act of raising your hand in a high five fashion to a
unintelligent person but accompanied by the phrase: Gimme 6!"
instead of: "Gimme 5!" inspired Euge to the next slow going tune,
whose multifarious arrangement needs a second glance.
On Welcome To The Journey Euge improves the theme with superb
echo and pizzicato effects. Aficionados of Luther Vandross' music will
remember his song Love Won't Let Me Wait from the album Any
Love (1988). Now Euge brings this wonderful song back in a
perfectly arranged rendition treating respect to the original. I love
Tracy Carter's intro!
With To The Nines Euge pays tribute to the nine muses
presenting Peter White's flamboyant solo on acoustic guitar.
Make two trumpets of hammered silver, and use them for calling the
community together and for having the camps set out. Ten 2 Two
interprets these bible words in a gospel way.
To answer the introducing question Groove's S7ven Large offers
a flashing multiplicity of smooth tunes, accessible jazz and inventive