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A Groove So Deep - The Live Sessions by Marlon Saunders

Breaking away from the traditional ‘live albums’ recorded in front of an audience, Marlon Saunders and his Mood Control into the studio and just let the tape run, selecting only seventy minutes to become A Groove So Deep: The Live Sessions.

There are touches of funk, groove and soul here. The first song titled "Afro Blue My Mind" has lyrical references to Ben Harper to Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book to Freddie ‘Boom Boom’ Washington - bringing together the 70s and 90s.

Joe Scott on piano for "I Wanna Get Next To You" is a pure soul ballad. Mark Gross adds befitting saxophone lines that are so quiet that you must listen for them. Everyone gets into the act on the song "The Beginning Of Never." All through the album, you will find percussion of Daniel Sadowick. He has it down. Sandowick is not too strong or not too soft, especially on "A Groove So Deep."

Coming in at just over ten minutes is "Coolin." This could possibly be the best track of the live sessions. Mark Gross again plays flute, Adrian Harpham drums his way through and Saunders sings, but also lets everyone else chip it. Marlon Saunders and the Mood Control have a great soul album here. To call the album A Groove So Deep is an appropriate title.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Marlon Saunders
  • CD Title: A Groove So Deep - The Live Sessions
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Black Honey Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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