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After Midnight Grooves by Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom

As the name promises, After Midnight Grooves brings the listener to the slinky, mysterious side of night those wee hours turning to dawn, when people shuffle their way home to an empty apartment.

Groovin’ Wichu picks up tempo as Levy shows out on the B-3 with a funky groove, accompanied by an upbeat percussion and Melvin Sparks getting some good licks on guitar.

Karl Denson’s smooth sax takes Just The Way It Went, into a sexy realm as he squeezes those peak notes to the max. Ron Levy provides an extra dimension on strings and vibes. Another taste of funky soul beat. Sparks does some fancy fretting, providing a spirited run across the strings.

Jeff Lockhart takes over on guitar during Like Back In The Day and Keepin’ Up the Love, while Levy plays all the right notes on his B-3, extending himself to the inth.

Hot piano rolls backed with vibes and a smooth drum beat, interspersed with a rockin’ organ, make Slinky a cool, funky tune. Getting’ down, having a real good time is what Slinky is all about.

Back At The Levshackleads with Adrome ‘Acidman’ Machine blowing a soft, clean trumpet until Levy steps in with a smooth keyboard, doing a few riffs before he gets down on piano. From there, Levshack keeps it on the down-low, fine tuned and oh, so groovy with an extended play, keeping the mood flowing.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
  • CD Title: After Midnight Grooves
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Levtron
  • Tracks: After Midnight Groove, Groovin’ Wichu, Just The Way It Went, Like Back In The Day, Slinky, Keepin’ Up The Love, Back at The Levshack.
  • Musicians: Ron Levy—composer, producer, organ, piano, electric pianos, vibes, strings, basses, clavinet, arranging & programming Melvin Sparks—guitar on Groovin, After Midnight, & Just The Way Karl Denson—alto, tenor sax & flute Jeff Lockhart—guitar on Like Back In The Day & Keepin’ Up The Love Russ Lawton—percussion, drums, tambourine Yahuba Garcia—congas, timbales Adrome ‘Acidman’ MacHine—drums, percussion & trumpet Arkady Beletsky—cello Special guest—‘Sax’ Gordon Beadle—baritone sax on After Midnight.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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