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by The Neurons

World Jazz Hip Hop and Acid Jazz. Imagine Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel, Garaj Mahal, Enya, Bela Fleck, Sting, and Massive Attack with a sly skip and grin ;)
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wild Men of Borneo
4:53 $0.99
2. Luminosity
5:57 $0.99
3. Spanish Horizon
4:46 $0.99
4. Saraha Caravan
5:35 $0.99
5. Dance (Fire and Friends)
6:17 $0.99
6. Shuffle and Suspense
4:49 $0.99
7. Miles Redcloud
5:55 $0.99
8. Diamonds and Pearls
4:46 $0.99
9. Funky Tao Duty
6:17 $0.99
10. A Pixelated Irish Groove
4:56 $0.99
11. Island Girl
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Album Notes
"Where the hell did these guys come from? They dance and groove like no other..."

"I receive all manner of CD’s for review but one item that recently dropped into my mailbox has completely blown my mind. It’s the CD titled Dance by ex Ray Charles tour band trumpeter / flugelhorn player David Hoffman and Paul Adams."
Smooth Vibes Mag. ENGLAND

"From time to time I find music which is unusual, unique and original. Not a copy of anything, a pathfinder and pioneer. Music that realizes new ideas, instruments or
styles, That's THE NEURONS."
Smooth & Soul Magazine GERMANY

"Hippiefied instrumental Acid Jazz/World Music that is absolutely addictive. Dancable? ABSOLUTELY. You might even call it Groovalicious... this album is worth a shot for anyone. ...sets feet to tappin' and neurons firing!"


Describing THE NEURONS is a difficult task. Members have played in many countries around the world and have had many interesting experiences with Ray Charles on THE TONIGHT SHOW, NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL, PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL and more. Other Neurons have had albums rated in THE TOP FIVE of The Year and have seen pop stars without pants on.

Perhaps a QUESTION and ANSWER from a noted journalist might be in order:

Q. What's with THE NEURONS? What kind of music do they do? I mean is it Acid Jazz? Jazz? Rock? Rap? Hip Hop?
A. "The Neurons like to think of good music being good, and bad music as being bad. Sound waves through air. Dig? But if you'd like to put a label on it, how about WORLD JAZZ HOP?"

Q. Well, this sounds interesting but, can you offer more about how the music sounds?
A. "WELL, THE NEURONS wanted to mix world influences (One Neuron studied Ethnomusicology at University), with movement oriented GROOVES. I guess this is where "WORLD JAZZ HOP" comes in. This is also where sounds modulate to different colors. AND on occasion, you might even find a poetic recitation, a beautiful Malay lady whispering in sultry tones, or a Taoist poet scattering verse to the wind."

Q. Is it True that one Neuron has not shaved since 1970?
A. "No, the correct date is 1973."

Q. What kind of instruments do they play? I mean, there are some exotic sounds on the album.
A. THE NEURONS are glad you asked that. They love instruments! Guitars, Didjeridu, Trumpet and brass instruments, Keyboards, Native Flutes, Gamelon Gongs, Electric Sitars, Banjo's, Congas, Djembe's and Talking Drums, Digital loops, Dog barks, Mandolin, Dulcimers, Voice, Poems, Rainsticks, Tars, Koto's, etc

Q. Is it true that one Neuron makes his own instruments?
A. "Yes and he's even built instruments for Daryl Hall, Members of Stevie Wonders band and more."

Q. Is it true that NEURONS are made of carbon matter?
A. "No man can live by bread alone."

Q. In listening, it's obvious that rhythm and movement is very pronounced. BUT, there seems to be quite a lot going on "solo wise" as well.
A. Oh yes, improvisation and melody are definately friends of THE NEURONS. There are sooo many great influences. Miles Davis, Bela Fleck, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, John Coltrane. Oh my my my the list is sooo big.

Q. Are NEURONS bigger than QUARKS?
A. Yes, but NEURONS also have Quarks

THE NEURONS love to talk about themselves (Although they freely admit this doesn't spiritually coincide with the lessening of the ego.). They also love to talk about arty things as well as write stories and poetry. Sometimes THE NEURONS even do lectures on these topics at schools and Universities.

You may visit THE NEURONS by going to www.pauladams.org



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We love "Dance"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of The Neurons.


This album is still a secret tip. Spread the word. This album is satisfying brai
From time to time I find music which is unusual, unique and original. Not a copy of anything, a pathfinder and pioneer. Music that realizes new ideas, instruments or styles. I am talking about groups like Yulara, Praful or 3rd Force. The Neurons are the musicians Paul Adams and Dave Hoffman. Dave is a freelance musician in Illinois and since 1991 has been the trumpet and Flugelhorn soloist with The Ray Charles Orchestra. Paul Adams became interested in building ethnic and exotic musical instruments as a student of Ethnomusicology under Dr. Joel Maring at Southern Illinois University. With this knowledge he is not only be able to build fantastic instruments but also to create new music.
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Wow!! Where the hell did this come from??
This record grooves like no other. Never heard of 'em, ..... "Dance" reminds me of one of those gems that taught me to listen to EVERYTHING.

This is expert production of worldy jazzy grooves, rhythms, melodies, and beats. It's an instrumental record where Malay whispering and Taoist poets fit in perfectly. A magical sultry and often fantastically euphoric journey through every imagined corner of the globe.

These are the soundz mother earth dances to.


"one item that recently dropped into my mailbox has completely blown my mind"
I receive all manner of CD’s for review but one item that recently dropped into my mailbox has completely blown my mind. It’s the CD titled Dance by ex Ray Charles tour band trumpeter David Hoffman (along with) Paul Adams.
Dance is an album that almost defies description comprising as it does afro influenced percussion, jungle beats and off the wall vocal snippets but, buried within it, are several standout dance tracks.Not surprising then it’s the more melodic tunes that come to the fore in this eleven track selection that is packed with rhythm. ‘Luminosity’ is tremendous with real Hardcastlesque qualities while the flamenco flavored ‘Spanish Horizon’ gets the job done too. The flute on ‘Shuffle and Suspense’ is a surprising but pleasing choice and ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ is a tight tune woven together with unobtrusive vocals and a great beat. Finally ‘Island Girl’, with delicious Spanish language female vocals, is further confirmation of the eclectic nature of the recording.
SMOOTH VIBES Magazine London England

Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

Vivid and colorful !
The Neurons conceive music as a canvas and they are both painters of colorful imagery and vivid hues. Dance, their eleven-track collection is original and organic featuring varied layered instrumentation, subtle vocals (a Malay woman whispering and a Taoist poet to name but a few) and many unusual noisemakers that Paul and David have collected over the years. Their canvas is a mélange of jazz, jam and world geared towards dance and movement. 'Wild Men of Borneo', 'Spanish Horizon' and 'Pixelated Irish Groove' were my favorites blending cultural colors with innovative instrumentation but every song on this CD has an enchanting element Dance is a magical debut CD melding world rhythms with modern, jazz grooves!