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Feelin It by Lazy Bird

Lazy Bird is a five piece ensemble that originated as a ‘cocktail party pick-up group’. The band describes its music as being firmly planted in the tradition of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, while being heavily influenced by funk, Latin, world beat styles and such artists as Ray Charles and Maceo Parker.

On the band’ s debut CD, Feelin It, they throw out eleven stellar originals and jump into two standards. Davis’ So What starts out familiar, but as the solos ring out things get very funky and lively, obscuring the standard. Accompanied by strong exotic shuffle-stepping rhythms and claves, Jim Lapidus leads the way on piano through Gershwin’ s Summertime. The pair of standards are drenched in Lazy Bird’ s influences. Red Tape is a nice breezy, swinging samba chord progression played well by guitar, funky organ and piano. Authenticity can be questioned - it threatens to break into Santana’ s Oye Co Mo Va. The mini guitar solo ventures into Santana’ s territory and teases at his tone. Red Tape can stand on its own, but narrowly escapes the Oye Co Mo Va rip-off label. Passion and emotion reach a summit on Saying Goodbye. The drums are solid throughout the recording, and are nicely augmented by various percussion instruments - showing the world beat influence.

A quick listen will reveal many things. Lazy Bird is known for their high energy performances which result in parties erupting on the dance floor. Lazy Bird has done a great job of capturing the energy and fire of a live performance on cd. The melodic and harmonic space is very evenly divided amongst all the band members. Exactly as band leader Jim Lapidus maintains: reach for the energy and fire of live performance, while stressing unselfishness in play, using ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ as a compass. Quite frankly, mission accomplished. Lazy Bird do their thing very well, one could say they’ re Close To Perfect.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lazy Bird
  • CD Title: Feelin It
  • Genre: Latin Jazz / Latin Funk
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Independant
  • Rating: Three Stars
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