Brothers Alan and Neal Evans, on drums and Hammond B-3 organ, respectively, form two-thirds of the soul/groove trio Soulive. Rounding out the group is Eric Krasno on guitar. The band was formed in the late '90s when all three members were under 25 years old. However, each already had a substantial background in the "jam band" scene. Alan and Neal are former members of Moon Boot Lover, and Alan also played with the Greyboy Allstars. Krasno founded the super-funky Lettuce, a wildly popular Boston-based band.
Soulive is all about danceable, organ-driven instrumental groove-jazz. Their success is a result of fusing the soul-jazz of the past with a modern hip-hop feel. Krasno's spidery yet very direct guitar lines recall Grant Green. The rhythmic concepts employed date back to those learned from artists such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Sly Stone.
Cochemea Gastelum: The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow
Cochemea Gastelum, one of New York City's most in-demand saxophonists, has been a key player in the blossoming new soul and Afrobeat scenes that have leapt out of Brooklyn to take the world by storm in recent years. The versatile Brooklyn-based musician has performed and/or recorded with a diverse group of artists, including Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Archie Shepp, Paul Simon, Antibalas,Public Enemy, The Roots, The Budos Band, and Amy Winehouse. However, with The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow,his debut release as a solo artist,Gastelum has carved out a whole new sound.
An eclectic listener as well as player, Gastelum has drawn from a myriad of influences, including the effects-laden excursions of Eddie Harris' electric saxophone, the percussion-driven orchestrations of War and the winding horn dimensions of Mulatu Astatke. The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow is a collection of instrumentals that range across the global rhythmic horizon,from Afro-centric jazz to keyed-down "Low Rider" jams, to vintage boogaloo,
raw soul, lilting Brazilian strains, and beyond. Through it all, Gastelum peels back the layers of his story through his horn.
"The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow is about the end of one journey and the beginning of another," the artist notes. "It's about staying true to the inner voice, respecting the ancestors and those who pioneered before us." Gastelum not only pays tribute to to his elders' ways and sounds, but respects that very pioneering spirit with which they blazed new trails, where others had not yet been before -- fearlessly creating a sound that is
at once past, present and future. The solo project was inspired by a dream he had that related back to his Native American roots. Upon this realization,the complete vision for the album was formed. With this debut release, Cochemea Gastelum at last steps out, front and center, reaching from the past into to the future while remaining in the ever-present now.