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Classic Album Review: Soulive | Doin’ Something

The Boston funk-soul brothers put a few new twists into the organ-jazz pretzel.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Say the words “organ jazz” and people think Medeski, Martin and Wood — or, if they’re over 30, Jimmy Smith.

Well, doubtless Boston’s Soulive owe musical debts to those artists for their funky licks and free-flowing jams. But on this sophomore CD, these funk-soul brothers (literally — the group is led by siblings Alan and Neal Evans) put a few new twists into the organ-jazz pretzel. First and foremost: Guitars and plenty of ’em, to give the whole affair a Charlie Hunter vibe. Second and foremoster: Horns and plenty of ’em. Three cuts feature a crack horn section directed by James Brown alumnus Fred Wesley.