17 September 2016
Smooth Jazz Review
“Euge Groove Hits It Off With His Tenth Album”
Over 25 years in the music business, Smooth Jazz saxophonist and composer Euge Groove has again outdone himself with the latest release of his tenth solo album titled Still Euge. It debuted this summer on July 22, 2016, by Shanachie Records. For 17 weeks, it currently ranks #1 as one of the Top 50 albums according to (Smooth jazz.com). With his own unique sound and style, Euge Groove is just one of those dynamic performers who has the energy to play with so much funk and soul that will immerse you within the music. The notes and riffs that come from his horn are so smooth and lush that will blow your mind away. Not only is it the sax that stands out, but it’s also the rhythm section that hold down the groove. Whether he plays tenor or soprano saxophone, it’s the feel of the music itself that makes him stand out in his own uniqueness. The tracks “Twelfth Night” and “Another Perfect Moment” are absolutely breath-taking. This album does give off that exact originality that he is truly known for in Contemporary Jazz. Featured on the album are many award-winning artists, musicians, composer, and producers according to (allmusic.com). The list features artists/ guitarists Peter White and Chuck Loeb, guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., bassist Roberto Valley, percussionist Lenny Castro, and many more. Along with previous albums like Got 2 Be Groovin (2014), House of Groove (2012), and Se7ven Large (2011), all successfully brought Groove to # 1.
Born Steven Eugene Grove in Hagerstown, MD, he first learned piano at age seven and saxophone at nine. According to his website (www.eugegroove.com), two of his greatest influences involving the saxophone were French Classical player Marcel Mule and David Sanborn. “I’ve listened to everyone from Grover Washington, Jr., Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, David Sanborn, Michael Brecker Stan Getz, King Curtis, Junior Walker, Richard Elliot and Kirk Whalum,” says Groove (www.eugegroove.com). After graduating from the University of Miami’s School of Music he soon launched his professional career as a sideman in the mid ‘80s. In 1987, he moved to L.A., where he met and worked with saxophonist Richard Elliot on some session projects. Things began to look up for Euge when he joined Tower of Power for four years. When the ‘70s super band needed a replacement, Elliot recommended that Euge was the man for the job. Before going solo he and Elliot were both former members of Tower of Power. Throughout the ‘90s and early 2000s, Euge began to write and record his own solo material as an artist for Warner Bros. In 2009, Euge signed with Shanachie records where he continues to soar as one the top successful smooth jazz artists. This album is a must buy!
Photo credit: www.eugegroove.com