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by El Grupo

High Energy Jazz Rock Fusion Recorded Live and featuring Steve Lukather
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dismemberment
15:21 $0.99
2. I'm Buzzed
16:52 $0.99
3. Birdland
9:45 $0.99
4. Little Wing
10:13 $0.99
5. Led Boots
13:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
This limited-edition CD perfectly captures the genial ambience and jamming brilliance of four of Los Angeles jazz club favourites on stunning form during Steve Lukather & El Grupo’s Summer Tour 2005.

With over 65 minutes of the finest moments from those shows, this CD offers fans a special opportunity to enjoy high-quality and professionally mixed live performances without compromise. For those fortunate enough to acquire a copy of El Grupo live, this is a gem that surely compares with the quality of Luke & Larry Carlton’s Grammy Award winning No substitutions.

With a collective discography which traverses a massive array of international artists and a spectrum of musical cultures, and a determination to stretch beyond the boundaries of formulaic studio sessions, the four friends challenge themselves and their audiences with extemporisation that makes many of us laugh with incredulity. Not only does the set-list often change from show to show but each and every performance is entirely unique. El Grupo’s club gigs set the standard for improvisation; their hard rocking fusion of jazz, funk and latino grooves never cease to astonish those of us who have seen a number of their shows. The truth is that any one of the takes which Bob Bradshaw recorded would have thrilled listeners. Unlike the production-drenched perfection of studio albums, this CD is completely unadulterated but for the splicing necessary to condense parts of a live performance to a single CD. Tasteful yet fiery licks abound, and as the tour flyer promised, fun is evident in large portions.

Featuring Lukather on guitar and vocals, Steve Weingart on keyboards, Oskar Cartaya on bass and Joey Heredia on drums & percussion, this collection features revitalised reworkings of Los Lobotomy’s Dismemberment, Michael Landau’s I’m buzzed, Weather Report’s Birdland, Jimi Hendrix’s Little wing and Jeff Beck’s Led boots. The results of the diversity of the band’s respective musical backgrounds is compelling; from an intricate passage of solo guitar to a latino party rumba, and from heavy funk to Heavy Weather, this collection is a totally honest representation of the performances on the night. As I sit writing this with the El Grupo live CD playing, I’m reminded of the great times I had at the European Summer Tour shows, partying along with Lukather’s passionately loyal fans who supported their musical hero with an open mind and keen ears for musical excellence.
- Will Minting 2005-



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Another GREAT one from Steve and Friends.. go & buy it!!!

Andy Brand

Thrilled to bits
Just thrilled to bits with this CD. A gang of brilliant musicians with noone stealing the limelight. Each track has a similar basic jazz fusion style but at the same time manages to sound different from the other, giving the CD a very varied feel. 'Birdland' in particular is awesome and probably the track none believers should listen to first. Outstanding stuff.


I'm very jong and I like this!!
I'm only 13 years old and I got this cd as a present, my aunt is crazy about Lukather's music, that's why I got it haha but I love it. My friends are listening to it right now, we dance to the songs, is modern and some songs are just plane beautiful!! Love the music, is great. Thank's so much for making it.


Correction to: A privilege and a joy for any real music lover
Giving it the 5 stars it surely deserves (and more), It didn't go well the first time (sorry about this).


so good
i saw el grupo in luxembourg last year and what a concert. it was amazing moment. i am a big fan of toto and steve lukather of course.it s a genius. i will see toto in march and i am very excite i wait march impatiently

Steve Lockridge

Do these guys really need my review of this?
Some unknowns might benefit from my review but not these guys. They are seasoned professionals who just walk on stage and magic happens. Steve Lukather has been my favorite guitarist since 1982 and this CD was not disappointing in any way. Plus, Joey Heredia rocks on the drums!!


Magical live album !
This is a great CD !! Steve Lukather is one of my favourite guitar player. This album is fantastic!! I enjoy Luke`s performing and of course the high level of the band! Little Wing version is awesome on the cd. No one can play and sing hendrix as steve. I`m waiting for a new solo cd (maybe a progressive one!) Buy and enjoy this album as soon as possible. Thanks to CD Baby for delivering that cd so quick in France!Thanks again!


ingenious players, what a show
If you like to hear when guitar gives everything it can with magical background players, this is definately cd for you. Those guys do everything they like, wow, thank you cd-baby to bring this cd available for everyone, your dellivery really rocks!! Greetings from Finland

Jan Olav Uren

What a Grupo
I've knew Lukather was a great guitarplayer from his other stuff, but now I really understand how good he is!
Do yourself a favour; buy this album!


Fantastic! I love steve ..anything he does, but this co-work is absolutey awesome!
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