The New Mastersounds. I love that these guys are so funky and so English! They are one of the tightest improvisational bands I have heard play live. I saw them again in March at the El Rey in Los Angeles with Trombone Shorty opening. They are deeply rooted in the soul jazz sound of the 60′ and early 70’s and even pay homage with their name to the Montgomery brothers’ band, The Mastersounds (Vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery and electric bassist Monk Montgomery with pianist Richie Crabtree and drummer Benny Barth.) Nobody hits a boogaloo groove harder than these guys!
They have an obvious affection for vintage instruments and production gear. In addition to having a deep-pocket live feel, their CD’s have a great analog production aesthetic. These guys are the real deal – funky groove music for a party mix or a concentrated listen.