The Groove Lab
This CD is a co-release from Via Veneto Jazz and Jando Music. Ameen Saleem stands out as one of the most talented bassists on the international jazz scene, widely recognized for his passionate style and unique sound. Though he's mainly grounded in jazz (Saleem is a member of the Roy Hargrove Quintet and the Roy Hargrove Big Band), his music cannot be strictly defined as pertaining to a particular genre but, rather, as a uniquely personal style that spans a vast musical geography. The Groove Lab explores new sonic territory, incorporating a broad range of sounds and influences that blend to form an eclectic musical palette; a sort of neo-soul where jazz, soul, and funk come together. Saleem embarks on this musical journey with a stellar cast of musicians, all of whom are characterized by a creative, individual, and expressive musical talent, stretching out beyond the boundaries of jazz. These exceptional artists perform original compositions, embracing and embroidering the form in a manner different from that of purely traditional soul or jazz musicians. The band includes two female vocalists with varying approaches, trumpet and flugelhorn, tenor and soprano, different pianos (acoustic piano, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, organ), guitar, electric bass, and double bass, and two drummers, both remarkably talented and with unique styles. The richness of colors and instruments allows Saleem to freely glide, surfing on powerful groovy waves among funk beats and jazz vibes, bluesy solos, and rock electric guitar solos, bound together with remarkable fluidity, revealing empathetic group interplay and innovative ways to work within jazz. Ameen Saleem: electric bass, double bass; Cyrus Chestnut: piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, organ; Jeremy Clemons: drums, percussion; Stacy Dillard: tenor and soprano sax; Roy Hargrove: trumpet, flugelhorn; Gregory Hutchinson: drums; Craig Magnano: guitar; Mavis Swan Poole: vocals; Ramona Dunlop: vocals.