Groove Frequencies is a project by bassist, keyboardist and writer
Johnny E. Stewart. After In The Groove (2017), Groove Frequencies
(2018), Back To The
Groove (2019), the fourth project is Grooves To Go
Johnny E. Stewart (bass, tenor bass, synth bass, keyboards), Jimmy Reid (sax),
Eddie Baccus Jr. (sax), Clay Benjamin
(guitar), Parris Spivey (guitar), Vince Wiley (keyboards), Jay
Williams, David Haynes, Jason Meekins (drums), Dawoud
Said (acoustic piano), and Shirley Dirden, J. Stewart
(vocals) are the lineup of the new album.
Johnny E. Stewart has written all thirteen songs. With more than
56 minutes playtime enough for a great listening. He will be
releasing the album on April 20, 2021. So tighten your seat belt
for a groovy ride.
With the opening Play Day
Johnny allows us a glimpse into his family environment, with a
cheerful child's voice soulfully imitated by the saxophonist Jimmy
Reid. Can't Stop The Music is an attitude of hope
translated into sound, which gives buoyancy and encouragement even
in today's stressful times.
On the funk loaded Grooves
To Go Johnny lets his bass speak to the audience. The
Wait describes the state when the decision has not yet been
made and everything is in limbo. Featured artist is Dawoud Said,
who shows us his brilliance on the piano.
As We Dance presents the lovely voice of Shirley Dirden.
On Love Parade saxophonist Jimmy Reid demonstrates the
possibilities of overdubbing. He can even simulate a marching
band. CU@9 reveals luscious licks by guitarist Clay
Benjamin who makes it easy to love his guitar work.
Highways To Home is the aptly musical description for
that longing to see those closest to you again as soon as
possible. To The Good Times is Stewart's wistful memory
of that time when the dark cloud did not yet overshadow our lives.
Kinetic is the energy that an object has by his motion.
What is better than music that can capture that movement.
Until the 40's the white piano keys had a thin top of ivory.
This has long been a thing of the past. Nevertheless, Stevie
Wonder's song Ebony and Ivory, has brought back the
memory of this material. Beautiful Ivory describes
in a figurative sense the beauty of piano playing, as it can
not be more true.
In The Pocket features the
energetic performance by sax player Eddie Baccus Jr. who is
a mainstay in the smooth jazz scene. Down by The Gulf Coast
captures the atmospheric lightness of this region,
which invites you to relax and breathe.
Grooves To Go is not just for a quick takeaway. No,
this is music that last longer than a decade.
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Title: Grooves To Go
Artist: Groove Frequencies
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1) Play Day
(feat. Jimmy Reid) (3:33)
2) Can't Stop The Music
(feat. Clay Benjamin ) (4:14)
3) Grooves To Go (4:14)
The Wait (feat. Dawoud Said)
5) As We Dance (feat. Shirley
6) Love Parade (feat. Jimmy Reid) (4:19)
CU@9 (feat. Clay Benjamin) (4:27)
8) Highways To Home (feat.
Jimmy Reid) (4:01)
9) To The Good Times (4:24)
(feat. Jimmy Reid) (4:01)
11) Beautiful Ivory (feat. Dawoud
12) In The Pocket (feat. Eddie Baccus Jr.)
13) Down by The Gulf Coast (feat. Clay Benjamin)
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