Sugar & Silk - Duality
the first time I became aware of
Sugar & Silk reviewing the
album "The Best of Passion Jazz - Volume 2". Sugar &
Silk are presented with their tune "Everybody Be Cool"
on this collection. My attention was awaked. During my stay in London
I used the opportunity to visit several big cd-shops at Picadilly
Circus on the search of "Fact or Friction", Sugar &
Silk's debut album. I had luck and have unpatiently awaited
their second album. After a delay of several months the album was
finally released in July 2002.
& Silk are Danny Sugar (bass guitar) and Oli Silk (keyboards).
Reading their bios at their website http://www.sugarandsilk.com/
one recognizes that both are very young and at the beginning of a
great career. But they already played so often in the Jazz
Cafe, that they could be the house band of this small venue in 5
Parkway, Camden (London).
Slamming groovy is the
starting song Duality. Take the best of
Brian Culbertson and you hit the performance point of Oli's
programming and piano skills.
Be Cool adds to this laidback attitude James Vargas crazy alto
sax. One theme is the starting point for several improvisations in sax
Love is pure soulful funk with Paula Crawford 's wonderful
young voice comparable to Siedah Garrett's best-known vocals.
is an electrifying powerful Smooth Jazz tune in Richard Elliot's
style. Very enjoing, very dancable.
Green Room reveals the more contemplative side of this amazing
duo. A swinging bridge btween the melody strings and some jazzy
improvisations showcases the background and the models of the band,
which are to find in jazz history as Jaco Pastorius, Dave and Don
Crusin and Charles Mingus. But they also respect the members of
Fourplay and this is to hear loud and clear.
Will Follow features John Reid's impressive vocals. Reid, who
already appeared on Marsha Raven's dance album "Catch me",
deserves a broader attentiveness. He could be the next Luther Vandross.
Another True Story) is perfectly arranged and performed. Be
aware that this piece was completely made by only two musicians. It's
furthermore an example for good drum-programming and Oli's piano play
is UK's answer to Bob James.
James Vargas dynamic alto sax
marks excentric notes on Oyster,
while Oli's keyboards sounds are responsible for the luscious and
Jane Hamilton is a new
discovery on Don't Give Up. Sugar &
Silk's website informs: "Jane who hails from
Scotland now resides in Leicester. She is a prolific singer/songwriter
and comes from a very musical family. Jane’s brother, Steve plays
and tours with Bill Bruford. She gigs regularly around the Leicester
area performing her self penned repertoire."
Pace is the final tune, written and played for those which
believe that Smooth Jazz is jazz. Is this fusion jazz piece the real
face of the group?
Critics of this album are
throughout positive and I am sure, JazzFM and Solar Radio will aready
have tunes of this album at their playlists. Good music is always
finding its way to success.