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by Jive Talkin Robots

hardcore funk mixed with even doses of jazz mastery and improvisational innovation
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Limpy
2:54 album only
2. Susan B. Strut
7:32 album only
3. Meowb
7:50 album only
4. Friends
8:07 album only
5. Rhodes Trip
8:08 album only
6. Peter
8:07 album only
7. Planet Leo
6:48 album only
8. In the Heat of the Minute
6:51 album only
9. Tragedy on Windsor Street
3:49 album only
10. Superhero, Come Save My Sorry Ass!
2:44 album only


Album Notes
Five guys with chops and soulful dispositions throwing down the hardcore funk mixed with even doses of jazz mastery and improvisational innovation.

The Jive Talkin' Robots might just explode in 1999. Picture it: five immensely talented musicians with AWESOME chops and soulful dispositions playing the hottest music around! And now with the release of their new CD entitled Superheroes, the Robots are bound to break the boundaries that hold down so manyl bands. And why not, the Robots are the sound of the street, the tribal funk and mean jazz that makes you move.

Nobody sits still at a Robots show; nobody has that option. In the sixties and seventies came fusion. Not the smooth jazz variety, but the SOUL FUSION. And the rock fusion. The Funk fusion. Think Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Zawinul and Medeski, Martin & Wood. It's all there. It has to be. Then toss in everything else-- everything good.

People talk about innovation. The Jive Talkin' Robots practice it. With backgrounds in classical music, bop, hard rock, pop and soul, the Robots own most of the uncharted territories. Live shows are journeys to the edge, swirling masterpieces over a James Brown feel. Every original's an instant standard, and every solo's a gas. Those denying the existence of Robots, may be Robots themselves.



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Jambands review

Review appearing online at Jambands.com Jive Talkin' Robots - "Superheroes" By Dave Rioux When I first popped in this CD I wasn't particularly engrossed by the music, but could hear the quality of musicianship itching to be released. The opening cut "Limpy" is a hyperactive song reminiscent of Phish's "Llama" in tempo, but with disconnected lyrics; not so much sung, as spoken over tight changes and fast turns. However, as the next song started, the music opened up to me. Filled with the laid back, extended jazz jams I am attracted to. There is some real talent here. The bass playing was the most powerful example of this. Tom Nunes' playing sets down a backbone without sacrificing creativity. Whereas Joe Cunningham's melodic, yet explorative saxophone style sets a wonderful tone that could range from being the grounding centerpiece to creating colorful backgrounds and moodscapes. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Gabriel Johnson's guitar work, while being poignant and introspective, didn't try to take control. Instead, blended in to the whole, helping to create a seamless tapestry. His is a refreshing change from what can sometimes be an egotistical position in the band. Jeff Baxter and Andrew Love, respectively on keyboards and drums, are last but by no means least. Their ability to keep time, however flexible, as well as to set the tone makes them indispensible in this collection. The sum total of all of these elements is a group of guys with very little desire for center ring, instead playing as a whole band, with the ability to turn on a dime in unison. As is apparent in "Planet Leo", all the while bringing along Sonny Giver for an intriguing saxophone duet. As fine a collection as this disc is, it is not without it's flaws: "Tragedy on Windsor Street" is a fun song, but shouldn't have been included on this CD, I felt it broke the groove I was in, forcing me down before the trip was over. In the end, I found myself relating to some of my musical roots, being reminded of such Garcia ensembles as "The Legion of Mary" or "Reconstruction". Or even, at times, some of Coltrane's earlier stuff; jazzy and full of life, bordering on experimentation. "Superheroes" is a wonderful find, put together by some true virtuosos. Leading me back to conclude; these guys are good.

Burn yer Radio review

Review from Burn yer Radio By Jeff Hepler introducing the Jive Talkin' Robots new release "superheroes". call it funked up jazz or call it jazzed up funk, call it whatever you like, this music is hot! the Jive Talkin' Robots cut a groove so deep you can get lost in it, and i suggest you do. they combined the pulsating beat of funk with the rolling melodies of jazz, and i'd add a dash of metal and pinch of attitude, for a music that it totally consuming and completely alive. this music is so alive that i can't even imagine it being played in a studio. in my mind i'm listening to the Jive Talkin' Robots live. just beautiful, and i wasn't even aware that i enjoyed this genre of music. the song "friends" takes a minute to get rolling, but when it does, it is incredible. i almost always listen to this song twice in a row because eight minutes just isn't enough. it's that addictive. "susan b. strut" shows how the Jive Talkin' Robots can take an almost classic jazz sound and turn it into something hip and new. while "limpy" is an example of the Jive Talkin' Robots louder, funkier side. so if you're ready, secure all loose fitting articles, grab a hold of something deeply rooted, give it a listen, and be prepared to bop along... if you want to learn more about the Jive Talkin' Robots, or if you'd like to purchase this cd, go to the Jive Talkin' Robots web site.

Jambands review

Jive Talkin' Robots Superheroes By: Penny Love Up-tempo modern jazz! Can ya dig it? With definitive funk overtones, this CD has now been 'officially' added to my persona playlist. I have been hearing about them consistently for months now, but I thought they represented some sort of hippy act, and that's not really my thing. Thankfully when I was asked to do this review I found out how wrong I was. Track four, "Friends" stands out as being the best song on the whole CD for me. There are definitely other songs on the disc that represent more compelling technical aspects to their writing, but there's a certain groove on "Friends" that sets a certain back of the smokey lounge feel for me. Jeff Baxter (Keyboards) shines on this song as it's really his organ sound that paves the way for the mood in which I spoke of. It's got a hint of a 70's jam, but more realistically speaking, if you've heard the band Brad, you can easily acquaint yourself with the keys coming outta my speakers. "Peter" has an incredibly sullen appeal to it, but all the while enjoyable. The sax intro is utterly perfect for setting the tone of this song. 75% of this CD screams "sexy" in the voice of Barry White, I kid you not! There's really no point in wasting any more of your time, because you have to hurry down to Locals Only before they close and pick this up! I'm telling you, if you've never read a review I've written, or hated what you have read, this is bottom line, my favorite CD of 98! I am in the process of clearing my calendar for one of their next shows. I feel like I've missed so much already. Everyone, I'm serious, get this disc ASAP.

Oregonian review

Talkin' all that jazz Jive Talkin' Robots play like a machine on "Superheroes" Friday, January 29, 1999 By Kyle O'Brien of The Oregonian staff It's been awhile since we last heard from the Jive Talkin' Robots on disc, but the wait was worth it. The band's early 1997 debut, "J.T. Rex," found them jumping back and forth between funky party music and jazz fusion. After several band-member changes and a refining of its sound, JTR is back with a new CD, "Superheroes." The additions of saxophonist Joe Cunningham and bassist Tom Nunes (taking over for the departed Reid Spice) let the group explore its skillful jazz side while taking nothing away from its inherent funkiness. The disc kicks off at a frenetic funk tempo with "Limpy," a bass-string poppin' tune with nonsensical talk-lyrics by guitarist Gabriel Johnson. The cohesion the group carries at that breakneck tempo states right off that the band has truly come together as a unit. From there, the styles branch out a bit, though this time around, the flow is more linear than the previous effort. Cunningham, a tenor player with an edgy tone who has the ability to take it outside the chords, has added a wealth of tunes. Most are in the amorphous acid-jazz realm, like "Susan B. Strut," though he does get adventurous on his composition, "Meowb." It winds in two directions, beginning as a speedy prelude before launching into a jazz-funk instrumental groove that would have easily found a home on a 1970's-era Brecker Brothers album. The band still is best when it sticks to full instrumentals. None of the members are great vocalists, and even with some decent harmonies, the lyrics don't add a vital dimension to the songs. Still, they do provide a break from full instrumentals, which separates them from other jazz-filled funk bands. What keeps this group vital is its desire to stray far into the jazz realm while effortlessly taking its listeners with them. The Robots are able to do that by playing an easily graspable groove tune, then changing it up with one that takes it a little more outside. An easygoing tune like "Friends" brings you in, and a more daring tune, like the modal "Peter" keeps things interesting. All the musicians are more than able to hold their own. Drummer Andrew Love can lay down a solid beat on heavy funkers, like "Rhodes Trip," and then turn his sticks subtle on quieter tracks, like the loping "In the Heat of a Minute." The intertwining of melodic lines by saxophone, guitar and Jeff Baxter's keyboards, as on "Peter," gives the band depth, while tunes like "Limpy" keep it light and fun. Clearly, keeping many styles on its musical tap on "Superheroes" is what keeps earning the Jive Talkin' Robots more and more gigs around town and plenty of new fans.

Phreaky Phil

No jive - Robots are ready to rock These fast, furious musicians may be the next big thing By Ben Raines The Bulletin Bend, Oregon 6/3/99 The Jive Talkin Robots are making a lot of noise these days. And in the process, the Portland based band is sucking fans and glowing reviews into its musical maw faster than R2D2 can chug a quart of motor oil. The boys are coming to Bend this weekend to convert a few more droidoids to their way of thinking. Stay away if you’re scared of getting a jive-talking computer chip stuck in your noggin. Their music is like that, it sticks in your head., It’s designed to be that way, and it’s designed to be hard to categorize. You couldn’t really call what they do jazz, nor could you call it funk or pop. It draws from those musical families without sounding much like any of them for more than a heartbeat. If you were dead-set on pigeonholing the Robots, you could plop them into the loosely defined category of jam bands. It’s not a bad place to put them; jam bands are all the rage among kids in the know. It’s an amorphous grouping, housing bands like Galactic, Phish, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Charlie Hunter. The main qualification for membership in the jam club is heavy-duty improvising. And the Robots have that for sure. Most of their songs start out with a simple melody, something you could easily hum along to from the first time you hear it. Once that seed has been planted in your head - usually courtesy of the skilled and chop-heavy bass player, Tom Nunes - the band jumps through a series of wild section changes and then launches into an outerspace improvisation journey that is part Mahavishnu Orchestra and part Parliament- Funkadelic. A word about the boys in the band, all of whom attended institutions of higher learning to study music: They are good musicians, at home on their instruments in wildly divergent styles. Nunes, the bass player, has shared the stage with the likes of Oscar Peterson and Dave Wakeling. During a show, and sometimes even a single song, he’ll switch gears from the snap, crackle, and pop of a frenetic Red Hot Chili Peppers-influenced sound to a melodic Stanley Clarke bass line that could put a colicky baby to sleep. The rest of the band member’s share Nunes ability to shape-shift their playing to suit the song, and as a unit, they can improvise all night long without ever playing the same thing twice. But don’t misunderstand about putting the baby to sleep, there is no chance of anybody nodding off during a Robots gig. They play ferociously, and, like Iron Mike before his nickname referred to the bars of his cell, they come out swinging like a monkey on a vine. Catch them at Roshambo’s on Friday night