Monday, August 27, 2012

Funkengruven & Vocalese - Bob Stewart

For over 25 years, the Canadian jazz-funk band, the Shuffle Demons, have been entertaining fans around the world. That band's high energy out-of-the-ordinary live show bills them as jazz, folk and world festival mainstays and has taken them on 15 cross-Canada and European tours, as well as through Asia, India and Australia. Now, the Shuffle Demons return with their first disc of new material in close to 20 years, "ClusterFunk", which alternates between serious jazz and groove funk played by seasoned professionals at the top of their game.

For over two decades, the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has been enchanting listeners and building a loyal audience across several continents with their tightly harmonized renditions of jazz classics. Their signature sound reminds the listener of such iconic vocal groups as Lambert Hendricks & Ross and the Manhattan Transfer, but they have put their distinctive stamp on 4- part harmony jazz with their own versions of inventive vocalese and other jazz genres. Their latest CD, "Hustlin' for a Gig", is a feast of original music, lyrics, and arrangements spotlighting the marriage of clever lyrics with a rich array of musical styles.

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