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by Portland Groove Collective

The debut album of this five piece jazz ensemble presents a variety of original material that flows from funk to mambo to Bossa and beyond.
Genre: Jazz: Bossa Nova
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4. Call Back
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6. Bella’s Step
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7. City Country
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8. No Tricks After All
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Portland Groove Collective

All Original Jazz Rock, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban-based rhythm music that derives its musicianship from across the United States to coalesce in the Pacific Northwest.

The Portland Groove Collective is a rhythmic jazz quintet from Portland, Oregon. Coming together at a series of local jazz jam sessions, the group is comprised of musicians with dynamic musical experience and training. With an emphasis on groove-oriented music, The P.G.C brings an exciting interpretation to jazz standards as well as producing an array of original music. Influences range from the relaxed and clear melodies of Antonio Carlos Jobim, to the experimentation and latin funk of Weather Report to the precise arrangements and chordal labyrinths of Steely Dan. This is the Portland Groove Collective's debut album and is entirely original music. Enjoy!



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Steve Pinkston

Tasty grooves, old-school funk
The Portland Groove Collective, well known in the Pacific Northwest for their individual musicianship and tight grooves, has just released their first CD, featuring nine original tunes penned by members of the group. This CD is a real delight; PGC manages to combine fresh new material with an old-school jazz/rock/latin band aesthetic that is very appealing. The musicians are all standout performers in their own right. Christian Botto’s guitar work anchors the tracks harmonically, and he brings a vast palette of styles to his groove and solo playing from his diverse musical background. Saxophonist Les Gray weaves solos that are melodic and edgy at the same time. My personal feeling is that a band is only as good as its bass player, and by that criterion bassist Grady McKenzie provides the structure to make PGC a great band. Grady swings and grooves comfortably on both acoustic and electric bass, and is a terrific soloist. One surprise for me was that Michael Kora – a very solid, creative, and swinging drummer – was such a tasty electric piano player and composer. Adding flavor to the tracks is multi-percussionist Milledge Bennett.
All of the tracks on this CD are very strong – no throwaways here! My own favorites include “Pin-Day-Tuck,” a groove tune with a very strong, hooky melody and great solos by Botto and Gray. “Bella’s Step,” written by guitarist Botto, is a sweet latin number that nods to the classic compositions of Jobim. “Call Back” starts with a strong bass line, and develops into a gently grooving fusion piece. Actually, any of the tracks on this strong debut CD could (and should) find airplay on jazz and multi-format radio stations and bring PGC the wider audience they clearly deserve.