based musicians Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace are Four80East.
They started with The Album in 1997, followed by
Nocturnal (2001), Round Three (2002),
En Route (2007), Roll On (2009), Off Duty
(2012), Biblotheca (2013),
Four80East LIVE (2014),
Cherry-Picked (2016), a Vinyl-collection, and Four
On The Floor (2018).
Their new album Straight Round is announced for
March 20,2020. The promotion speaks about neo-jazz, soul,
funk and jazz as stylistic classification. Opener of the
album is Around The Corner which in its
introduction is reminiscent of the style of The Art Of
Noise. But then the tight groove kicks in and that is the
trademark of the Toronto duo. The guitar motif is influenced
by Hall and Oates.
All The Marbles is Brubeck's Take 5 on
ecstasy. A sonorous synth bass combined with a jazzy guitar,
that is hip, that is hop. The percussion seduces me to
activate my HandSonic. The absolute bang is however the
infective Ba Ba Brazil, which will certainly climb
the charts of all radio stations.
Busted Flush appears as a musical elemental force,
as was last experienced with Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
Slipstream is the appropriate title for the dynamic,
rhythm emphasized tune, which adapts the melody sequence to
the pulsing beat.
Slinky Joe falls somewhat out of the usual concept
of the group. It has strong blues elements, which are
especially strengthened by the introduction of the
harmonica. On After Tonight acoustic guitar meets
trumpet before the electric piano swings into a terrific
solo. Off Tropic dives into the European chill out
zone with a nice citing of Spinning Wheel.
The Outlaw evokes associations to a western film,
James Bond movie and presents a splendid harmonica in the
lead, Toots Thielemans would be proud of. Straight On
Till Sunrise surrenders itself completely to the urgent
rhythm as known from techno music, Rob however combines the
beat with self-contained keyboard chords.
Four80East are always good for a surprise. With Straight
Round they prove again that they still have many arrows
in their quiver. We are witnesses of an exciting musical
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Title: Straight Round
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Boomtang Records
1) Around The Corner (5:47)
2) All The Marbles (4:49)
Ba Ba Brazil (4:31)
4) Busted Flush (5:06)
6) Slinky Joe (4:32)
7) After Tonight (4:51)
Off Tropic (5:13)
9) The Outlaw (5:38)
10) Straight On
Till Sunrise (5:34)
11) Ba Ba Brazil (Radio Edit) (4:10)
Four On The Floor