Doin’ Something, Soulive’s Blue Note debut and second album overall, sees the organ-based groove-jazz trio creatively stretching beyond their heralded debut, Turn It Out. Where that session was a lean, live cooker that cemented the trio’s appeal to the acid-jazz and jam-band crowd, Doin’ Something reaps the rewards of time spent in the studio–there are overdubs and, more importantly, an ambitious, varied overall vision. Rather than just rattling off a dozen jams based on a single line, the tunes here are actual songs with memorable melodies that draw upon hip-hop, soul, funk, and pop to go along with the rump-shaking jazz grooves.
Furthering the funk foundation, the trio–guitarist Eric Krasno and brothers Neal and Alan Evans on organ and drums, respectively, also brought in James Brown-veteran trombonist Fred Wesley to lead a four-piece brass section (and contribute horn arrangements) on a few tracks. This is the sound of a hot young band putting its best foot forward, and the great thing is, you won’t be able to keep your foot from bouncing along. ~Tad Hendrickson | Amazon
Originally Released: March 13, 2001
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