Kerbside Collection – Smoke Signals


Waiting Game
Jacob's Ladder
Cajun Jollof
Afro Struttin
Little Mountain
Yellow Fellow
Westchester Lady
Smoke Signals
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Jazz funk and gritty rare grooves ensemble from down under – Kerbside Collection – return with their third record ?Smoke Signals?! Continuing in a down home, instrumental approach, but this time crafting newer ideas and flavours into their spectrum of warm, analogue, dusty grooves from much more Fender Rhodes electric jazz elements, to New Orleans sprinklings alongside their 60?s inspired West Coast style.

?Smoke Signals? continues the wilder tones, textures and ?library? sounds of extra instrumentation found on their last output ?Trash or Treasure?, whilst introducing hints of fusion and cinematic analogue electric colours into the mix bringing things into early 70s territory. Opening with the lush, analogue synth and keys palate of ?Waiting Game?, reminiscent of some classic Air ?Moon Safari? grooves, before the album properly begins with a fresh rendition of the Rhodes heavy Cedar Walton 70?s jazz funk classic ?Jacob?s Ladder?.

Then straight into the street-styled jazz bongo breaks and funky flute of ?Traffic?, a skankin? New Orleans reggae homage to one of its finest Creole dishes, featuring funky Hammond organ courtesy of guest Jake Mason (Cookin? on 3 Burners) and tasty piano work from multi instrumentalist Andrew Fincher who handles both guitar and keys on the whole record.

The middle of the record comes with a steaming afro funk workout, and a low slung N?awlins styled blues ?n? soul groove, both featuring the fruity, low-end brass action of Papa Jo on the big baritone sax, before taking a gentle emotional breather with a delightful, soft, soulful, Rhodes ballad, and a ?waltz-jazz-wig-out? attributed to their label?s A&R Mr Mellow (reminiscent of some humorous UK acid jazz ? la Corduroy and James Taylor Quartet) featuring some beautiful jazzy Flugelhorn, and acoustic double bass.

The album wraps up with another cover – a grittier reinterpretation and arrangement of a Bob James 80s jazz funk classic ?Westchester Lady? complete with funky flute and soaring guitar solo, before finishing with the explosive rock funk workout and title track ?Smoke Signals?, rounding out a record with a full spectrum of handmade jazz funk, reggae, soul, library and gritty rare grooves all recorded to tape machine.