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Catch the Groove


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    Shaken Not Stirred - Nils, Oliver C Brown, Darryl Williams
  2. 2.
    She's My Groove
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    Bolero De Funk
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    When I See Your Smile
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A few years ago, as a funked-up, multi-faceted smooth urban jazz vibe was taking hold of his emerging Jacksonville, FL ensemble, guitarist and group founder, Ellis White, and his band mates were working on tunes to incorporate into their live set.
One day during rehearsal, White called out, “Hey, did you catch that groove I just did?” That phrase became the perfect moniker for the freewheeling, high octane, rhythm driven band.
Catch The Groove’s debut EP Smilin’ In Paradise, is full of cherry-picked tracks that the band recorded to refect all the high energy, sensual and soulful magic they’re known for on stage. Guitarist/Producer, Nils wrote and produced their first single, “Shaken Not Stirred” - an infectious old school soul-jazz tune which features funky oldschool horns (creating a buoyant, classic Stevie Wonder-like vibe) and crisp, tight electric guitar.
While most emerging bands in the smooth urban jazz realm, thinking “simpler” will translate to more immediate airplay, play it close to the vest and in the pocket with a singular identifiable sound, Jacksonville’s wild and freewheeling Catch The Groove spreads the jamming melodic joy around. Refreshingly, each member gets ample lead time and solo spotlights, creating a diverse , high-octane vibe that draws from the many genres comprising the members’ musical backgrounds. The result is an exciting fusion of urban, funk, R&B and Latin that transcends the predictable nature of so much of the genre’s music.


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