Euge Groove is back with his tenth album and his fifth for Shanachie
Entertainment. His new album Still Euge (2016) is a
commitment to his musical roots, the genre with which he is grown
and his own person as professional musician.
His album is among the elaborately produced. Under the surrounding
countless musicians are Tracey Carter and Cassandra O'Neal (Rhodes,
piano), Cornelius "Corny" Mims (bass), Chuck Loeb, Peter White, Paul
Jackson Jr., John "Jubu" Smith and Adam Hawley
(guitars), Trevor Lawrence and Dan Needham (drums), Lenny
Castro (percussion), Rahsan Patterson and Oleta Adams (vocals), Lee
Thornburg (trumpet, French horn), Nick Lane (trombone), Phillipe
When spiritual loveliness is a tone, then Euge Groove hits it right on
the opening Twelfth Night. His soprano sax sounds like a
joyful singing bird, completely unbridled, no compromising, but
exuberant in its transgression. The title song takes off with a
jamming B3 before Euge blows his tenor sax. Making old school to
something new or carrying the flame of jam into the future
is his intention.
Indian Tablas rhythm meets Western soprano sax on the slow swaying
Coffee And A Kiss. Perfect Moment (1998) was my first
Peter White album, a sonic gold nugget. Peter and Euge are
performing on many live shows together. So the door is open for
Another Perfect Moment featuring Peter White on nylon string
guitar, the essence of a professional connectivity.
The soulful Much Love features singer Rahsaan Patterson who
shines with breathtaking voice and intelligent vocal arrangement.
R&B music with extraordinary depth. Let's
Chill jumps the bandwagon with the emotive word. Euge allures
with known smooth jazz flavor. And I Thank You (Mom And Dad)
is obviously a matter truly dear to Euge's heart, his family
deserves this wonderful musical tribute.
Push It Forward is not the reinvention of the wheel. Euge is
successful and comfortable in his stylistic skin and the soprano sax
is a soft brush with which one can perfectly paint colorful
melodies. Guitarist Adam Hawley brings a raw note into the song. On
Love, Passion And Joy Euge and
Lee Thornburg (East Bay Soul) create harmonized horn arrangements of
the finest. Lee is always a valuable asset in the bargain.
Oleta Adams, famous by the impassioned hit single Get Here,
collaborates with Euge on Flower. Oleta Adams has mastered
the transition from a singer to one of the brightest stars under
America's jazz divas. And I Thank You (Reprise) reawakes
the warm organic feeling of a true family.
With Still Euge
saxophonist Euge Groove stays faithfully to his solid smooth jazz
style. Groove is the pinnacle of his game, but opening new horizons
would illuminate his future artistic path.