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Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio sat-in on Soule Monde’s entire concert at a tiny theater in New York City on Thursday night. Saxphonist James Casey and percussionist Cyro Baptista also made guest appearances.
New records out today from Temples, Bela Fleck, Grandaddy, Natalie Cressman, Minus the Bear and Soule Monde make up this week’s Release Day Picks.
Grace Potter headlined an eclectic mix of performers at this year’s installment of her home town Grand Point North festival.
Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski will soon release their first Soule Monde EP.
Chris Robinson and Soulive teamed up for the first of two Freak & Soul Revues in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.
Stream or download Soule Monde’s late show at The Iridium in NYC featuring special guest Trey Anastasio.
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About Soule Monde
Soule Monde is instrumental, organ-driven funk in its purest form. Erupting from the syncopated minds of power-drummer Russ Lawton and organ-wizard Ray Paczkowski, the duo take soul-jazz back to the deep end. Forged off a sound that originated with Booker T. and Jimmy Smith, yet highly influenced by the redeveloped grooves crafted by Medeski, Martin & Wood and The Beastie Boys, Soule Monde is the ideal union of swagger and raw talent. Over a decade of touring together as members of The Trey Anastasio Band has fervently cemented these two into an indestructible pocket, and bold improvisational leaps by either player are met by near-telepathic response from the other. These strut-worthy rhythms are further accentuated by a passionate longing for melodic story arcs. So while their songs will make your ass shake like a Jello plate on the San Andreas Fault, they will also take you on a narrative journey of harmonic exploration.
Paczkowski has an intrepid knowledge of the Hammond B3, playing it as fearlessly as Han Solo flies the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field. Meanwhile, his left hand lays down bass lines on the clavinet with the ferocity of the meanest four-string, soul-cat. Lawton is constantly responding to his partner’s attacks – pushing the groove further and deeper, whilst still holding the pocket like he’s handcuffed to the snare. Don’t ever expect the beat to drop with Soule Monde, and at the same time don’t expect to get stuck in one groove. This is fluid funk, crafted for the dance floor but supported by an extensive grasp of jazz improvisation. Quite simply, this is the jazz-duo your parents warned you about.
Russ Lawton has been a staple of the Vermont music scene for years. He’s collaborated with a vast array of VT acts, including Mike Gordon, The Grippo Funk Band, and Strangefolk, and has been touring and recording with T.A.B. since 1998. He’s credited with co-writing the Grammy-nominated song “First Tube” which appeared on Phish’s 2000 album, Farmhouse.
Ray Paczkowski has been involved with a number of lauded acts over the years, first gaining recognition in the mid 90’s as a member of the legendary Vermont act, Viperhouse, and later on with his power trio, Vorcza. He toured and recorded with Dave Matthews & Friends for 3 years, and has been the keyboardist for T.A.B. since 2001.
Guster announced a cross-country summer tour that includes dates on both coasts and in the Midwest.
Watch a short film Led Zeppelin posted to their YouTube channel detailing the start of the ‘History Of Led Zeppelin.’
Twiddle will welcome sacred steel specialist Robert Randolph for a special set as part of Saturday’s three-set show at Brooklyn Steel in New York City, which will be webcast live and for free.
Spafford has replaced drummer Cameron LaForest with former drummer Nick Tkachyk.
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