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Lucky Brown & The SG's : Mesquite Suite

Tramp

9

6.2

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UK release date 28.09.2018

Tramps records maybe germany's smallest funk label but they sure do pack a punch when they deliver new product.I didn't know anything about this act (you don't get press releases just a burnt cd in the post) but that's cool as you have to judge things on face value.On first listenening I thought this was something from the late 60's unearthed from some small african state,so it came as a bit of a shock to find out Lucky Brown and his SG's are a contemporary act!

Fans of The Heliocentrics, Menahan Street Band,The Magnificent Tape Band or El Michels Affair are sure going to dig this.Great swathes of horns dominate through these skillfully arranged stone cut gems.Held together by a really swinging drummer and bass player who lay on multiple jazzy grooves such as the herculean 'Longhorn Waltzcha' or the funky breakbeat in 'Taterbug' and the War sounding (the band that is!) 'Glancing Meteors' that underpin the strident horns that adorn this magnificent platter to perfection.All bases are covered and the depth and sophistication is a marvel to hear.Basically this is somewhat of a masterpiece and I urge you to seek out this captivating outfit.I'ts top drawer, soul jazz blessedness!
Words Emrys Baird

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