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Groove Frequencies – Groove Frequencies

Mar. 1, 2018

Now, here’s a ‘Hey!” CD. This sophomore and self-titled release from a group of powerfully adept musicians calling themselves Groove Frequencies is about as hot, funky and loaded with great contemporary jazz/R&B grooves as you could ever want.

A very refreshing and full-bodied release catering to the smooth in you, it features the group’s bassist, John Stewart, who also wrote and produced this fine project, saxophonist BillyRay Sheppard, guitarists Tim Perry, Parris Spivey, and Ryan Haynesworth, drummer Jay Williams, and keyboardist Dawoud Said. Stewart also doubles on keys on several tracks.

In addition to this very impressive lineup, guest sax giant Gerald Albright and guitarist Blake Aaron join the group to contribute the sparkle they are so known for exuding. Sounds enticing? You know it! Add to that some seriously tight and well-written material, and you’ve got just what any real party needs.

Leading off with the funky and appropriately titled “Stompin’ At the Groove Shack” (a truly self-defined mover and shaker), and following that with such gems as the melody-rich, head-boppin’ “A Gentle Rain,” the addictive, sassy, strollin’ keys-led “Sensuous,” the slow, soul-filled “Love You More” featuring the stellar sax of the always “on” Albright with vocals by Stewart (by the way, this duo also wrote this irresistible slice of romance), the infectious “Imagine This,” which is the radio single from the album and features some cool lead bass work, the solid, clear and soulful sax of Sheppard on the mid-tempo, finger-snappin’ “Groovin’ With Ray,” and four more that you’ll find you simply must have in your playlist.

Seldom do artists crank out back-to-back releases so quickly (their 14-track debut In the Groove was released just last year). My guess is that these cats have grooves stored away in their collective minds just waiting to cut loose on an album. I don’t see how it gets much better than Groove Frequencies, but I am already looking forward to their next project. A superior effort. – Ronald Jackson