Ever since their first release From Manhattan to Staten
, the group Down to the Bone has been the innovator in mixing urban grooves with smooth jazz. Their newest release Crazy Vibes and Things
continues to bring the group into their experimental mode. This time, they mix in more natural instruments into the mix and the whole package comes out smoking.
One thing that I like about Down to the Bone is that they don't compromise about what they want their songs to sound like. In a period when many smooth jazz performers work to get their songs into a specific time frame so they will get exposure on radio, Down to the Bone plays to a different drummer. Each track is the right length for what the group wants the message to convey.
Stewart Wade, producer and composer for Down to the Bone, lets his musicians do the talking. From Neil Angiley's keyboard work on I Softly Surrender (to You)
to Paul Weimer's great sax work on Electric Slide
, each musician gives their special touch and Wade knows how to use each of them. Solid work from guitarist Tony Remy and bassist Paul Turner gets the groove together on Crazy Vibes and Things
. The English vocal group of Hill St. Soul helps Down to the Bone move into a different direction on My One and All
. Crazy Vibes and Things
is Down to the Bone's best to date. It has what the group has shown through their previous releases, but expanded to keep the groove up to date. Down to the Bone gets down and dirty here.