The Bass Mint Bros | Sketches of a Neighborhood

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Sketches of a Neighborhood

by The Bass Mint Bros

A jazzy-funky-soul band, bringing together the classic jazz organ trio with a new-school vibe and sound.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Awakened by a Noon Day Sun
6:50 $0.99
2. The Corner Store
4:45 $0.99
3. 2 Cheese Slices & A Drink
5:59 $0.99
4. Blue Smoke in the Park
6:35 $0.99
5. A Store Front Bible Study
5:51 $0.99
6. Behind The Black Door 'Til 3AM
6:18 $0.99
7. Let Me Tease It
2:05 $0.99
8. The Windsong
7:07 $0.99
9. Valley Park Groove
4:28 $0.99
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What do you get if you take the solid, old-school jazzy-funky-soul musicianship of a jazz organ trio; and mix it with new-school style and production approaches? One result would be a modern concept album, Sketches of a Neighborhood by The Bass Mint Bros. In the tradition of Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Herbie Hancock, and Booker T & The M.G.s comes an ambient musical journey, depicting a Saturday in the life of an underground musician; from “Awakened by a Noon Day Sun” to the Sunday morning sunrise of “Valley Park Groove.”

The Bass Mint Bros core membership consists of Yusef Bey on drums, percussion, keyboards, and electronic percussion; Barry Hughes on Bass (upright and electric) and guitar; and Mwalim on Hammond Organ, piano, and keyboards. All three have logged considerable time in the studio and on tour as session and backing musicians for a myriad of acts. In the production of Sketches of a Neighborhood, Mwalim reached back into his jazzy-soul bag of tricks, “With some of this, I reached back to the days when we recorded using two tape-decks patches together, and endless overdubbing to get some of the dirty sounds I was looking for.” The results are a warm, ambient sound that will win over soul, jazz and dance music fans alike. Perfect for blasting in the ride or grooving to at the bar.

“A group looking to liberate amplified jazz from the elevator music box of so much contemporary jazz… The Bass Mint Bros strive to do two things… While one objective is decidedly retro, the other is thoroughly modern… The group's effectiveness in this fusion is illustrated by the fact that it is often hard to distinguish between the "real" instruments and the programmed stuff.”
– Howard Dukes, "Soul Tracks, 4/08"

“The mix of good old fashioned jazz bass, guitar, piano combined with the sounds of a Hammond organ and layered over modern hip-hop beats make any listener feel like a smooth operator. The Bass Mint Bros. provide the perfect soundtrack for a night on the town or a laid back party.”
– Chris Hassan, "Southcoast 247, 4/08"



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