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The New Mastersounds - The Nashville Session

The New Mastersounds

The Nashville Session

One Note Records

Released: 7th October 2016 | 11 track soul jazz album

From the band's inception nearly two decades ago in Leeds, UK, The New Mastersounds have wholeheartedly embraced the old school label, their sound rooted deeply in those classic soul jazz, boogaloo and funk albums on labels such as Blue Note and Prestige by artists like Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff and Lou Donaldson. The New Mastersounds' latest LP, The Nashville Session, takes that devotion one step further by recording in the same tradition that many of those rare groove gems were made. This 11-track collection, cut at Welcome To 1979 studio in Nashville, was multi-tracked live onto one-inch tape in a single evening session in front of a small studio audience. Following the performance the recording was mixed down to quarter-inch stereo and then cut direct to vinyl lacquers. There are no guests and no overdubs, just bass, drums, guitar and organ-essentially pure New Mastersounds.

Hitting the studio at the tail-end of their Autumn 2015 cross-country U.S. tour, the band was razor-sharp and vice-tight. They selected material to record from across their 16-plus years-and-ten-studio-album career, the lone exception being their take on legendary jazz guitarist Grant Green's arrangement of James Brown's In The Middle. The results from top to bottom are gritty, greasy and funky to the bone. The effort was originally released in April 2016 as a limited-edition 1000-piece vinyl pressing which sold out within a few weeks. Now the digital release gives everyone else a chance to hear these classy grooves. The Nashville Session presents The New Mastersounds at their finest, full-on analog and unapologetically doing it vintage style.

The band's USA tour throughout October, November and December 2016 is punctuated by a 3-night residency at Zürich's JazzNoJazz Festival, November 3,4,5.

"The Nashville Session finds the New Mastersounds tighter than ever, and at a creative peak."
Thom Jurek, AllMusic
"The record exudes confidence, feels raw and unfettered, yet, despite being cut live, has nary a lack in overall polish."
Wesley Hodges, Relix Magazine
"The opening tracks threaten to spring audiophiles from their sweet spot onto a makeshift dance floor."
Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound
"The Meters-channeling B-side “Burnt Back,” the wah-wah goodness of “The Minx,” and the stinging permutations of Eddie Roberts’s guitar on “Coming Up Roses” are among the offerings; lean, tasty, one-take freshness is the result."
Stuart Munro, Boston Globe