This is the second LP from The Root Source, the jazz-funk band headed up by Hammond organist and pianist Andrew Fairclough. Whilst it harks back to a 70s jazz feel, what marks this album out from all the others is (and it’s only coincidence that this is a title from one of the album’s tracks) the pure imagination that Andrew is able to bring into each of the songs. For example there is the use of crying babies and (I think) mooing cows on ‘Dervish Whirl’ and the melody from the Oompa Loompa Song (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) which leads into the aforementioned Pure Imagination. This is not to say that this is frivolous music, far from it – it is great jazz music delivered with passion and depth. The musicianship is superb, from Andrew’s contributions on Hammond organ (best displayed on Echoes Of Your Past) to the Brazilian rhythms provided by Roberto Ares Rio. If jazz-funk or jazz-dance are at all your thing, then this LP is a must. If the whole scene is new to you, then this is no better place to start. Out on the 19th July on Freestyle Records.
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|Listen to ‘Oompa Loompa Song / Pure Imagination’ by The Root Source|
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