With a moniker like Groovopolis, you can bet an album by the same name is definitely worth investigating and talking about. First and foremost, this band comes from the interstellar constellation known as Groovalaxy, and collectively they bring with them the message of Groovology. Their music can best be described as Groovolicious, which creates a pleasurably contagious condition known as Groovitis. For those of you unfamiliar with this malady, the symptoms include what many Groovopoleans say is excessive smiling, intense toe tapping, prolonged finger snapping, the tendency to move rhythmically and in the most acute cases, those affected by Groovitis can't help but dance and make love. All of these symptoms combined are caused by listening to Groovopolis
at any given time.
The first time I listened to this CD, I was taken aback by the group's unique sound. Groovopolis' music is filled with light grooves and rhythmic progressions. Christopher Cortez, Jay Webb and Dean Fransen ramrod this effort by writing some of the finest original chords of any band I have heard to date. The freshness of sound that they bring to the table is reminiscent of the dynamic music many soul jazz connoisseurs fell in love with during the 1970s. In those days, the sounds that were heard were rhythmically correct enough to dance to, and were soulful enough to merely find solace in its creativity. Groovopolis re-creates the magic of those by-gone days by infusing music that is original, dynamic and jamming. Of the thirteen tracks on the CD, 11 are original tunes while the other two cover Stevie Wonder
and Marvin Gaye
. Together, Groovopolis brings forth music that is filled with excitement, with jazz being the message in both texture and style.
This recording goes the distance in combining numerous musical styles that highlight the intuitive creative spirit and the improvisational characteristics of jazz. Groovopolis' mission is to whet the appetite of Earthlings with their Groovolicious music; as such, some serious grooves will ensue and there will be an overpowering urge to snap your fingers to infectious and intensely enjoyable music. During the 1970s, a group known as Parliament/Funkedelic infected the world with P-Funk, as they did, a masterful job of filling the planet with funk was the end result. In my estimation, Groovopolis will have the same effect on jazz starved connoisseurs; as such, the end result will be a groove-laden epidemic that can only be cured by listening to the masterful sound quality of Groovopolis. This group will definitely make a welcome addition to any musical collection.