Sunday, April 24, 2011

CD of the Week - "Bahama Soul Club: Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky"

CD of the Week
Bahama Soul Club: "Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky" (Buyú Records) 2010

**** (musical performance & sonic quality)
Lalo Schifrin meets Djalma Ferreira, Quincy Jones meets Ed Lincoln, Richard Kermode meets Ronnie Ross. Motown meets Kudu. James Brown meets Tower of Power. Intoxicating grooves in a lesson about musical collage. Makes you feel in the dancefloor of those London's clubs from the '90s, in the heyday of the acid-jazz scene.
Highlights: "Tangossa," "Bossa Bop," "Experience in Jazz," "Bossa Corcovado," "But Rich Rhythms" and "Nassau Jam." Congrats, Oliver! You did it again. Let's party!
Produced by Oliver Belz
Total Time 61:45

Liner notes:
"I first heard this outfit when they had just started posting music on their myspace page, since then I have been a massive fan!
But then again, the main man behind The Bahamas, Oliver Belz, has a very fine pedigree having been one of the prime movers behind the wonderful JuJu Orchestra. His debut album as The Bahama Soul Club, Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz Jazz was hardly ever off the show, and was one of my favourite albums of the year in 2008.
But the big question is after making such a mark on his debut, can he deliver on that diffcult second album.
All the signs are there as he has retained some of the vocalists from the previous album such as Berlin resident Pat Appleton and Bella Wagner from just over the border in Austria, and to augment that very solid base he has also drafted in the combined talents of two of the finest vocalists in the UK, Xantoné Blacq, and one of my personal favourites John Turrell who was recently voted on my show as lead male vocalist for the UK Fantasy Funk Band.
From the start, this album slips into gear with the superb jazz cut that is King's Wig to the last knockout punch of the dancefoor monster Nassau Jam I can tell that Oliver has lost none of that Midas touch. There is something quite unique and mesmerising about the sound of The Bahama Soul Club, it is a gumbo in the best sense of the word, throwing in Bossa, Soul, Afro-Latin, and Jazz all into the pot and coming up with a sound that is both
immediate, timeless, and above all has the sun shining through every single tune.
The question I asked earlier was, does he deliver on the difficult second album and the answer has to be a resounding YES!
Make a friend of this album as, believe me, it will be friend for life, it is that good and probably one of the best Jazz albums in 2010."

- Craig Charles, June 2010,
The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show, BBC 6Music.

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