from the success of their Higher Octave debut, Nocturnal
— back for Round 3 — is
Four80East, the special project of studio wizards Rob DeBoer and Tony
Grace, featuring music that combines compelling grooves with moody
textures in a Jazz context. Radio &
put it best: "Four80East fuses articulate Jazz with hip,
street-savvy production... influenced by the harmonic nuances of Steely
Dan and the vibrant, expressive melodies of Stevie Wonder, they take the
art of Trance Jazz to the next level."
duo's blend of smooth, futuristic Trip-Jazz starts with their own
musical talents. DeBoer is a classically trained pianist who also plays
electric keyboards, bass and guitar. Grace plays the drums and various
percussion instruments. Both men have paid their dues in a wide variety
of bands, and obviously relish the opportunity to bring their skills to
the forefront again for Round 3.
Adding to the mix are special guest musicians like tenor saxist Jon
Stewart; flutist Andrew McPherson; trumpeter Benjy Perosin; and Carlos
del Junco on harmonica.
always, most of the elements in the music are either ‘live’ or
derived from ‘live’ performances," declares Rob, "Then
it’s just a question of mixing and layering everything in a very
organic way. Nocturnal was
more of a dark, introspective record so we wanted to make this one a
little more fun. The title originally came from the fact that this is
our third album, but at the same time we were trying to come up with a
direction for the artwork, and we really liked the aesthetic of a boxing
theme; so it just kind of fit."
are Rob's track-by-track capsule comments on Round
Clock" – Funky unison bass/guitar hook, driven by cowbell-laced,
Like These" – Hypnotic electro-Latin journey. Best listened to
with a full view of the night sky.
– A pugilistic three-way between sax, guitar, and Wurlitzer; with
upright bass as the referee.
Julep" – Sittin’ on a porch, sweatin’ with a tall, cold drink
leaving circles of condensation on the wooden table beside you.
Harmonica provides the heat, guitar provides the welcome breeze.
Pense a Toi" – Whispering French girl. Need I say more?
– Slinky beats and smooth solos, the perfect companion for the morning
Out Of 4" – Try clapping along with this one. Once you wrap your
head around the groove, the plaintive, Moog-esque lead will take you on
a cosmic trip to the piano galaxy and back again.
Off" – Not so much a b-ball reference, more of a cops-and-robbers
thing. Someone’s been wiretapped…
Flight to L.A." – Airport Departure Lounge, 3:00am: What’s it
gonna be? Stay or go? Trumpet asks the question, Spanish guitar provides
Down the Bayou" – Hiding out down in the swamp, as the flames get
higher and higher. Is that Clarence Clemons coming through the smoke?
clear that Four80East create some of the most listenable, fun,
Groove-Jazz around today. Round 3 is the latest installment in what will hopefully be a
long-running series of sonic delights.
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