Magdalena Chovancova (sax. flute), Robert Fertl (guitar, bass, drum programming, keyboards), and Gabriela Chovancova (drums and vibraphone) are Threestyle, a group with origins in Germany and the Czech Republic. With Feel The Vibe (2012) and Get It (2014) the band gained already a distinctive popularity in the smooth jazz world.

Now the group returns with their third album Road To Montery (2016). On their newest project they are joined by a stellar compilation of top notch musicians. Among them are Lew Laing, Paul Brown, Nils, Jeff Carruthers, Robert Vally and many more.

The album starts with A Little Longer, which the same time also represents their first single. Cuddly and lithe is the sound of Magdalena's saxophone embedded in Paul Brown's smooth arrangement of the highest level. broadcasts live from Monterey, California. The broadcasting studio is just a few hundred meters from the beach. Road to Monterey is Threestyle's tribute to this great institution featuring Nils on guitar.

Magdalena on sax and Robert Fertl on acoustic guitar are the main actors of Like Butta. A perfect interplay based on long lasting harmony. On Days Gone By Lew Laing brings in his creativity known by his works with Paul Jackson, Lisa Deveaux or Blake Aaron. Guitarist Vincente Pereira is influenced by the Brazilian music of Carlos Jobim. On Cascais Breeze one can smell this Bossa Nova flair.

Let's Stay Together by American recording artist Al Green is perfectly adapted by singer Latonya Black Gilliard, a beautiful voice for an equal eternal melody. Love For A Reason is recorded sensitively by the group. The up-tempo Back In Da House is settled on the borderline of funk and smooth jazz. A catchy tune performed with a vivid verve. Tony Jezek's piano solo is off the chain.

On Nice To Be Here Gabriela Chovancova is joining the group on drums. The West Coast influence is definitely listenable even on this tune. Robert Fertl plays skillfully his guitar in a George Benson style while Magdalena Chovancova intuitively switches between flute and saxophone. What A Day is not only a haunting melody but is also performed with such great sophistication in duo mode that it deserves a special mention. The album ends with a vocal version of Like butta featuring Latonya Black Gilliard in addition to the previous players and an album version of A Little Longer. The meaning of the title gets a new sense.

With Road To Montery the group Threestyle has successfully created their own recognizable style. Improved hooking melodies, perfectly interpreted, full of emotions is what the audience loves.





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Album Information

Title: Road To Montery
Artist: Threestyle

Year: 2016
Length: 0:53:43
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Welovemusic Records

01 A Little Longer
02 Road to Monterey
03 Like butta
04 Days Gone By
05 Cascais Breeze
06 Let's Stay Together
07 Love For A Reason
08 Back In Da House
09 Nice To Be Here
10 What A Day
Like butta
A Little Longer

Further Reviews:

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