Born: November 10, 1949 Primary Instrument: Various
DRIVETIME - New CD Ignition
Philadelphia has given us some brilliant music over the decades and this tight, contemporary jazz ensemble holds up to Philly’s solid reputation with their highly anticipated new release, IGNITION! The album revs up with what the group calls Urban Organic Jazz… that is funky grooves and jazz-soaked, melodic originals, and delivers exciting new music, ranging from smooth to Latin to fusion to Tower of Power-like grooves, and even a splash of chillout! IGNITION sparks from cool collaborations including special guest appearances by saxophonist Andrew Neu vocalists Phyllis Chapell, Justin Guarini & guitarist Vinnie Zummo. Drivetime has been honing their craft and evolving into an important new voice in the Global Smooth Jazz community with three previous recordings and two top-selling singles featuring Bob Baldwin and Justin Guarini. Leader Bernie Capodici and band shift into high gear for live performances where they marry old school cool with modern, musical ideas… buckle up and download now! ~SANDY SHORE/index.html
Awards:Winner of the Silver Auddy Award http://uplaya.com/albums/5201 52 Grammy Award Nominee "What You Won't Do For Love"
Drivetime's mellow beats and chilled out grooves move me. And it's always a party —Sue Brown - SP Industries, Corporate Event
“I truly love this band because they move effortlessly through a vast array of great songs. They make it look easy and they always look like they’re having fun. Who wouldn’t want to listen to band like that”? —Paul M. Fine - Principle Designer, Corporate Event
I really love [Ignition] very much! It's deep and real and at times driving... hence the name! —Sandy Shore, President/Founder, Smoothjazz.com
“This group of great musicians know as Drivetime has been together making music for a very long time and with their latest project Ignition has taken Urban Organic Jazz to a new level and breathes greatly needed life into it. —Michael Tozzie, President/Founder, ijazzglobal.com
[Ignition] is the second album by this band from Philadelphia that I listen to. I must admit that their Urban Organic Jazz has evolved since the last time, it has a funky groove, it’s jazzy and very melodic. Their sound means that real musicians actually play real instruments, without loops and samples. Most of the tracks are original compositions. On ‘Lincoln Drive’ you can hear saxophonist Andrew Neu, and ‘It’s Love We’re In’ is sung by Phyllis Chapell. The cover ‘Mas Que Nada’ by Jorge Ben is again sung by Phyllis Chapell, and of course the track has a nice Latin feel. On ‘Urban Symphony’, vocalist Justin Guarini shows off, while the mid-tempo ‘On My Mind Again’ features guitarist Vinnie Zummo. The band closes with ‘Mamita’, a swinging Latin track. A nice marriage between old school and contemporary jazz. —Patrick Van de Wiele, Smoothjazz.eu
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