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Have Fun

by Ray Anthony & Powerslyde

Groovealicious contemporary jazz
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Mr. Sauce
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3:29 $1.99
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2. Do 4 U
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4:52 $1.99
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3. Night Abraxas
Ray Anthony & Powerslyde
4:34 $1.99
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4. Slydeways
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4:05 $1.99
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5. R a Chill
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4:10 $1.99
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6. Have Fun
Ray Anthony & Powerslyde
4:41 $1.99
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7. B Wit' Cha
Ray Anthony & Powerslyde
4:11 $1.99
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8. Gasoline Alley Funk
Ray Anthony & Powerslyde
4:41 $1.99
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9. Look'n' Good Tonight (Vocal Version)
Ray Anthony & Powerslyde
3:39 $1.99
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10. Look'n' Good Tonight
Ray Anthony & Powerslyde
3:41 $1.99
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Groovealicious contemporary jazz

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SmoothJazz.com

SMOOTHJAZZ.COM REVIEW
Having an amazing amount of fun by bringing the trombone front and center on this Smooth Jazz joy ride, Ray Anthony & Powerslyde, have been burning up the black top in their native Duke City, New Mexico for several years. They have created a high energy, bass-driven fusion of jazz, Latin, funk and rock on their aptly titled debut album HAVE FUN in collaboration with producer, Steve Oliver. The famed guitarist and genre star co-wrote and produced every track with Anthony, who also plays keyboards and piano. Once you dig in, you’ll really HAVE FUN exploring the sass and brass of Anthony’s fresh, truly original vibe.
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A party album for two or two-hundred!
One product emerging from the decline of traditional radio and the ubiquity of recorded music has been the breakdown of genres and musical categories. With music so accessible and interchangeable, the listener is becoming more eclectic in their taste, which serves the wide-open instrumental landscape quite nicely. “Have Fun”, the debut album from Ray Anthony & Powerslyde does well to further this evolution.

It’s no secret that contemporary or “smooth” jazz has been underserved by the trombone, eschewing it for the romance of the trumpet or the bravado of the saxophone, of which the latter has become numbingly overrepresented.

On “Have Fun”, the Albuquerque based combo does exactly as the record’s title commands and they invite the listener to do the same, free of agenda or analysis. Their sound has been loosely described as “gasoline alley funk” and “rawk” - which nicely encapsulates the menu being served up on this release.

With the help of hitmaker producer and co-writer Steve Oliver, Ray Anthony (on keyboards and vocals as well as trombone) and his bandmates (Ken Mathis on drums and Enrique Mendoza on guitar, along with Oliver on guitar, bass, and keys) tear through a set of ten original numbers including the spicy lead single “Mr. Sauce” which continues to rise up the smooth jazz radio charts. “Mr. Sauce” is thick with melody and rich with hooks, giving special attention to the interplay between guitar and horn. It’s chorus sticks with you long after the tune has ended.

Tunes such as “Do 4 U”, the title track, and “B Wit’ Cha” offer up a similar melting pot of blue-collar funk, sway, grit, and latin rhythms. It becomes apparent after the first listen that these guys really enjoy making music - which was later confirmed by some lighthearted moments captured on video during the sessions in southern California.

On “Slydeways” and “R A Chill”, the band presents a relaxed, sophisticated “night on the town” sound, reminiscent of Joe Jackson’s Night and Day album. The final track “Look’n’ Good Tonight” is offered up in two versions - the instrumental and a groovy R&B vocal version with Anthony singing the lead line “C’mon over and we’ll play for you. C’mon over and we’ll treat you right”. Indeed.
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