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True Loves “Sunday Afternoon” (Color Red)

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UK release date 28.05.2021

Meet True Loves, a bunch of Seattle session supremos making a classy, brassy brand of r&b, funk and solid grooves. These superb musos deserve a shout out and maybe a feature too! The band is made up of the talents of Jason Cressey (Odesza/Monophonics) on trombone, Greg Kramer (Macklemore) on trombone, Gordon Brown on tenor sax, Skerik (Mike Clark/Fred Wesley/Charlie Hunter/Garage a Trois) on baritone sax, Jimmy James (Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio), Bryant Moore on bass, David McGraw (Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio) on drums, and Iván Galvaz on percussion.

The band’s rhythm section give proceedings a distinct foundation, providing a springboard for James's slinky guitar and the first-class/extremely phat horn section, bringing Tower Of Power to mind. Their brass section works equally well with creative soloists, mixed with a rhythm section that can lay down an infectiously funky bed that swings hard - what's not to like?  And James brings his trademark psychedelic touch on “First Impression” epitomising the ethos of this well-drilled, well-honed outfit. Like a Kellogg's 12 pack there's plenty of variety, even the ballads (“Yard Byrds”) are as funky as hell, mixing my favourite instrument pairing baritone and flute!

“Sunday Afternoon” is another corker of a track with a superb big band arrangement style that reminds me of something off Marvin Gaye's “Trouble Man” again, the baritone solo steals the show. This is consummate and crisp ensemble playing which is quintessentially what these guys are all about - great arrangements and great playing - a simple philosophy that will hold them in good stead and with Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds) behind them with his Color Red label, I predict that True Loves have a bright future ahead of them.
Words Emrys Baird

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