The Jazzinvaders ft. Dr. Lonnie Smith – “THAT’S WHAT YOU SAY!”
‘That’s What You Say!’ was definitely one of the most heartfelt sayings when Hammond Legend Dr. Lonnie Smith shared the studio with The Jazzinvaders in the summer of 2012.
After meeting and gigging earlier in 2012, Dr Lonnie and The Jazzinvaders decided it would be fun to spend some days in the studio to see what would happen. When the opportunity occurred, new material was written in practically no time at all and after three days of recording there appeared to be a completely spontaneous 4th album recorded live in the studio! Finding a suitable title for the upcoming album wasn’t that hard. The Doctor appeared to be a great storyteller and this one quote was stuck in our memory: “That’s What You Say!” needed to be the title of the new album, an album that reflects a fruitful co-operation and lots of respect.
According to the band, the album containing eight brand new tracks and two rearranged standards lead to it’s “most jazzy album so far”. The grooves by Phil and Ton, the compositions by Van Duikeren, Delfos, Nijs and Busstra combined with lyrics and vocals of Bloemhard and the always impressive and tasty Hammond by Dr. Lonnie, seemed to be the perfect ingredients for this new album.
Just like the band did on their previous albums, they managed to stick to their trademark and typical ‘Jazzinvaders Sound’; easy accessible jazz (there must be a nicer way of saying that) combined with nicely flavored and surprising beats!
This unique sound allowed the band to tour all over the world over the past few years playing lots of festivals and clubs in countries like Germany, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Austria and also Japan! The bands releases can be found all over the globe and the media seem to like the band a lot too.
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith has been active as a musician and composer for over more than 50 years. He’s thought of being a pioneer when it comes to the legendary Hammond B3 organ. He has recorded over seventy albums to date, many of those for the Blue Note label, and he has worked with all the greats when it comes to Jazz, Blues and R&B. He’s responsible for classic tunes like Think! Move Your Hand, Drives, Live at Club Mozambique, Finger Lickin’ Good and Alligator Boogaloo. He has worked and played with many artists in and outside jazz circles including George Benson, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, King Curtis, Etta James, Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight. Without a doubt Dr. Lonnie Smith is (next to James Brown) one of the most sampled artists in Rap, Dance, House and Acid Jazz music.
Working together with the Doctor felt so good the band decided to organize a release tour featuring Doctor Lonnie. In may 2013 this plan will come to fruition as The Jazzinvaders and Dr. Lonnie tour The Netherlands, Germany and Spain. Simultaneously the album will be released in Japan.
On ‘That’s What You Say!’ The Jazzinvaders will present Jazz in a refreshing way like no one else can; two steps back and three steps forward. By starting with a groove, The Jazzinvaders will initiate a journey taking the listener where probably someone has gone before, but no one has returned from like the Jazzinvaders….
- Linda Bloemhard – Vox
- Rolf Delfos – Alto sax
- Jan van Duikeren – Trumpet
- Guido Nijs – Tenor sax
- Berthil Busstra – Keys
- Ton van der Kolk – Bass
- Phil Martin – Drums
- Special guest: Dr. Lonnie Smith – Hammond B3
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This is the second album from this great Dutch group and on the ever-consistent label ‘Social Beats’ (also Dutch), who, currently, can do no wrong. Let’s make no bones about it, this album is aimed straight at the dancefloor and hit’s the bullseye. Dj’s with no patience will get frustrated because there are so many tracks one could play (Day By Day; Perugia; Max Roach; Broad Minds and the funky ‘What The Bleep’) but it’s also varied enough, tempo and style-wise, to suit the home-listener too. As you’d expect from the Dutch – with their great jazz heritage, the musicianship is outstanding, but there must be a special mention of the singer Linda Bloemhard, who shines throughout the album. – 8 out of 10 – deejay Snowboy
The Jazzinvaders project is a collaboration between producer/percussionist Phil Martin and members of famous Dutch jazz outfit The Houdini’s. Rejecting the producer-centric abstractions of the nu-jazz/broken beat set, ‘Up & Out’ is a groove-centred attempt at updating the classic latin and jazz-funk sounds of the 1960s and 1970s for the 21st century. This is a band with their sights set firmly on the dancefloor. Opener ‘Bonga Bonga Jazz’ sets the tone – a propulsive concoction of Latin riffs and funky horn stabs driven forward by an elastic monster of a bassline. Elsewhere there are nods to the pioneering fusions of Fela Kuti and the Jazzanova crew as well as some lovely vocal turns from Mette Burild and Linda Bloemhard. But for all its infectious vitality and the nods to recent dancefloor trends, ‘Up & Out’ remains a very retro affair that throws up no real surprises. Luckily what the set lacks in invention it more than makes up for in sheer exuberance – a welcome reminder of just how funky jazz can be. Chris Pile – Fly Magazine