Line-up /The New Mastersounds
Mr. Bugsly Presents
Live Nation & Mr Bugsly Present: The New Mastersounds w/ Morsoul
Saturday - 4.23.11
Irving Plaza - 17 Irving Pl - New York, NY
The New Mastersounds
In the late 1990's, guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts was running a club night in Leeds called "The Cooker." When The Cooker moved into a new venue with a second floor in 1999, there was space and the opportunity to put a live band together to complement the DJ sets. Simon Allen and Eddie had played together in 1997 as The Mastersounds, though with a different bassist and no organ. Through friends and the intimate nature of the Leeds music scene, Pete Shand and Bob Birch were added on bass and Hammond respectively, and The New Mastersounds were born. Though it was raw, and more of a boogaloo sound at first, it was powerful from the start. Their first rehearsal was hot enough for Blow it Hard Records to release on two limited-edition 7" singles in 2000.
2007 started auspiciously - on their very first Jamcruise (an American funk festival on the high seas) the NMS were playing Meters tunes with George Porter Jr sitting in - just one of the highlights of a legendary 3-hour set. On their return to the UK the band were greeted by a capacity crowd at London's prestigious Jazz Cafe venue, for the album launch of 102%. They also performed tunes from the new album for Mark Lamarr on BBC Radio Two.
As a band, and as individuals, they have since collaborated or jammed with an impressive array of musicians DJs and producers, including: Lou Donaldson (Blue Note), Corinne Bailey Rae (EMI), Quantic (Tru Thoughts), Carleen Anderson (Young Disciples / Brand New Heavies), Keb Darge & Kenny Dope (Kay Dee Records), John Arnold (Ubiquity), Mr Scruff (Ninja Tune), Snowboy (Ubiquity), Fred Everything (2020vision), Andy Smith (Portishead), James Taylor (JTQ), LSK (Faithless), Lack of Afro (Freestyle), Page McConnell (Phish), Karl Denson (Lenny Kravitz / Greyboy AllStars), Melvin Sparks (Blue Note Records), George Porter Jr (The Meters), Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker (JB's), and Art Neville (Neville Brothers, The Meters)
For four years, Morsoul has been gathering fans in Colorado's Front Range and ski towns. Lead by singer/drummer Dan Menchey, this Boulder–based band has added a unique twist to the jamband formula. Often seen running lights for such acts as The Motet, Pnuma Trio, Glitch Mob, and Bassnectar, Dan knows how to bring the excitement of these shows to Morsoul's more traditional style. Influenced by the music of Steely Dan, James Brown, and the Greyboy Allstars, Morsoul's sound was described by the Vail Daily as "Steely Dan with a Chili Peppers twist".
Maybe one of the only acts where the lead singer plays a stand-up drum set, Morsoul delivers melodic dance grooves all night. With new bass player Adam Mason, they are finally adding three part harmonies to their vocal-based originals and cover tunes. Occasional improv. sections are lead by MFA guitarist Chris Anton and keyboardist Phil Johnson. Eric Cummings, who is hired for many STS9 post shows will be running the massive light rig for the evening.
Opening the night will be Love Seat Trio, who's jazz chops pay tasteful homage to MMW, the Bad Plus, and John Scofield. And finally, as an extra bonus, DJ Blueberry Muffin will be peppering the evening with his glitched-out house stylings.
Bringing you the FRESHEST beats in the NORTHEAST
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