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One-Two Punch by Liquid Soul

The sum of many parts often times evolves into one major triumph. Such is the case with Liquid Souls new upcoming release One-Two Punch that is a knockout in the world of innovative jazz. This disk has numerous directions of flow and unique results in sound. Telarc once more introduces fresh and invigorating musicians to enhance the jazz movement. Although Liquid Soul existence is not hot off the press, with each cut of new product comes new experiences in groove.

Cut to cut each exhibits its own dimension bringing forth a new outlook for the listener. This cannot be looked at as out of the jazz norm, but more so as an enhancement of ones perception of the many behaviors of jazz. This then makes Liquid Soul more of a pioneer in revolutionary structure. A very insightful and groove-centered project!

Horns are the upfront sound with "Boxer’s Fracture" with resilient heat. Also the keyboards of JoJo Hermann are quiet, but not so timid as to the impact on this cut. An electric spin with dynamic vibes intertwining throughout!

Vernon Reid’s string efforts are gargantuan in exit cut "Kong" as the whole arrangement has that colossus appeal. The brass keeps control of the whole ride just when you think they have fallen off the tracks. Although it may not be for the jazz traditionalists at heart, it showcases the design and ingenuity of Mars Williams and cast.

For those who wear blinders and are comfortable with the jazz norm, I ask you to do yourself justice by spinning this disk for it would be an injustice to pass it by. Williams and stage have taken sound to a barrier-free zone and accomplished an art form. Treat it as such and the respect to these who crafted the project be embraced.

Karl Stober is an international freelance columnist and broadcaster who can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Karl can also be reached at 251-625-0866.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Liquid Soul
  • CD Title: One-Two Punch
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Telarc
  • Tracks: Baghdad Cafe, Attaboy, Body and Mind, Mind Interlude, Sex God, 5 Finger Discount, King of the Ill, Stop, Peanut Head, Bebop Interlude, Nothing But Net, Liquid Angels, Boxers Fracture Kong'
  • Musicians: Mars Williams (saxes, woodwinds), Phil Ajjarapu (bass), Jo Jo Hermann (keyboards)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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