Joe Bowden: Roots – Tales of the Urban Yoda (self-released, 2020)

March 31, 2021 at 8:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Joe Bowden: Roots – Tales of the Urban Yoda

A vivid mixture of more straightforward jazz-funk, fusion, and R&B. “Doodlin'” is more fusion-y and has some more complex time sigs, but “Groovin’ High” is more laid back and flowing. “Sentimental” is a lovely soul-jazz tune, maybe a bit of a Crusaders vibe. Not sure why the singer isn’t credited on the packaging anywhere. “Second Skin” ramps up slightly closer to fusion. “The Golden Rule” opens with a drum solo, and the rest of the track is a bit more solo-heavy than others on the album. “Jazz Dayz” is definitely trickier and more fusion-y. “The Seventies” is a horn-heavy bop with some funky keyboards too. “All for You” has one of the catchiest horn melodies here, plus some nimble bass guitar. “Bustin’ Loose”, again, nice horns, kinda tricky rhythms, just a generally positive, driving sound.

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