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by Razz

A very cool blend of Jazz, Rock and Funk with a Classical edge. Every track is a sonic journey.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In the Groove
6:01 album only
2. Bill the Cat
5:59 album only
3. Intro
7:12 album only
4. Sometimes Everytime
3:55 album only
5. Automation
3:12 album only
6. Medium Rare
4:31 album only
7. Oil & Vinegar
5:06 album only
8. Interlude
3:24 album only
9. Dusk
6:18 album only
10. Clazz
4:23 album only
11. Finale
4:58 album only


Album Notes
Through their music Razz strives to cross the boundaries of many genres by fusing classical, jazz, R&B, Funk and Latin styles through evolving forms, interesting harmonic progressions, and solid groove. Progressive, original material that delicately stretches the boundaries gives Razz it's unique musical signature.

Fred Scott's Review of Clazz for Contempraryjazz.com

I had no idea what to expect from Razz, a Los Angeles basedjazz-fusion band. What I got was an engaging, varying, and diversified sound. The producer, composer, arranger and keyboardist is Brian Sawyers, whose early influence of jazz-fusion from the Jeff Lorber Fusion recordings has inspired this group to pull, retrospectively, a cultured sound that was popular years ago. What is impressive is that they perform the music favorably. The guitar in the track "In The Groove" sets a funky tune to this group's character. Clazz really takes me back to early days of Jeff Lorber and Stanley Clarke with a potpourri of rock and clairvoyant jazz. These guys are rockers as well as aesthetic artists experimenting with contemporary jazz. One of the coolest projects I have listened to in awhile.



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Chris Macintosh with The Phantom Tollbooth

...a total sense of good hot music!
Clazz rhymes with Razz and that means jazz, fusion that is. This release is chock full of great riffs, solid playing and just a total sense of good hot music! The funky tunes make you want to get up and dance and the slower tunes are thought provoking and wistful. To say that the playing credits of these guys is impressive is a vast understatement. They have played with the likes of Maynard Ferguson, Della Reese, Frank Zappa, Michael McDonald and Woody Herman just to name a few. Clazz holds up as fresh and exciting with each new listening. This is the kind of recording that will stay in your cd player for quite a long while. I'd have to say my favorite cuts are: "Intro", "Sometimes Everytime" & "Clazz."

Linda Brady with HHGI on-line guitar magazine

...the musicianship throughout...is a treasure to hear
Razz is a Los Angeles based contemporary jazz group. The emphasis here? -composition, groove, and killer improvisation. The cool thing about this CD is that you get to hear, not just one, but two excellent guitarists! - Matthew Von Doran and Tom Bevan. But the musicianship throughout this entire disc is a treasure to hear and most enjoyable.

House of Shred on-line guitar magazine

Bela Fleck meets Steely Dan meets Tower of Power...
Bela Fleck meets Steely Dan meets Tower of Power meets Jean Luc Ponty! This is a cool fusion CD. It's the kind of CD that grows on you…. A lot! All of these guys know how to play. They are also very mature in their approach of knowing when to solo, and when to backup. I would really like to see these guys play live; it would just be a lot fun. The guitar playing of both Tom Bevan and Mathew Von Doran, and the bass playing of Eric Stiller is extremely clean and well executed. The recording is also well done.

Jeff Hackworth with The Jazz Zine

...the essence of what this is all about: jazz.
...Within the music on CLAZZ, there's a sense of everyone from Santana to Corea and back to Weather Report showing their shadows, but only in the sense of borrowing and expanding upon. The playing is very clean and articulate and the original lines interesting.
Brian Sawyers, the composer, arranger and keyboard artist has put together a nice effort With CLAZZ. This is an extension of the fusion era at yet another level. At times their sound is funky or bluesy, there are overtones of rock but it's all done without ever losing their focus on the essence of what this is all about: jazz.

Denai M. Burbank for The Jazz Review

The fusion lovers should be quite satisfied...
Each member of this ensemble comes to the table with various rich musical experiences. Brian Sawyers, a classically trained pianist/organist and drummer/percussionist Todd Voelker know a winning combination along with Tom Bevan, Matthew Von Doran (guitars), and Eric Stiller (bass). Augmented with a powerful horn and rhythm section, they jam hard and strong. The band sometimes hints a cross between Tower of Power and Dave Grusin, particularly on tracks like "In the Groove" and "Medium Rare". On "Interlude," trumpeter Matt Fronke swings in a manner similar to Donald Byrd's more commercial outings on Blue Note in the early 1970's. "Sometimes Everytime," "Bill the Cat," and "Intro" wax mellow, but not sleepy. Sawyers gives captivating keyboard performances supported by steaming guitar from Van Doran and Bevan. Like "Oil & Vinegar," the combination of rock, funk and jazz is a good mix. "Finale" borrows from a well-known Beatles classic and considering Sawyers' musical background, these formulas mix quite successfully. Each track is quite different utilizing both classical and jazz techniques, as demonstrated in the title track, "Clazz". There's no question of the group's versatility and appreciation for various musical forms. The fusion lovers should be quite satisfied with this CD.