Disaster Relief’s “Back Into It” is funky, funky, funky! Jazz, Jazz, Jazz.
This is old school jazz funk with a lot of bluesy riffs, long expanding jams and fun filled sanguine horns of plenty. Disaster Relief maybe exactly what their name implies, a huge relief for us from our burgeoning and every revolving list of daily disasters.
“Back To It” implies that these fantastic musicians are back. And at it. And thank god for that! This is the band’s second album and, empire-like, they have absorbed musical references from around the globe to express their ravenous urge to create. So, if we can’t travel, then at least we can listen.
It is soul music at its heart – beautiful, earnest, gorgeously performed and poetically balanced.
One track is super funk, the next fluid and romantic, the next folksy and balladic. So many horns all vying for the lead in lovely curly phrases. It’s joyful. Promising of days ahead full of fun and freedom and each other. It’s a pre-party, flooding your senses with the kind of music that can only make you smile and laugh and dance. Although, even if right now it’s just around your living room with you dogs.
The day we can finally have people over and embrace each other again, this is the soundtrack that should be playing. I love, love, love this album. Boy, do we need this kind of uplifting love-filled music.
Stream Disaster Relief’s “Back Into It” on Spotify.
Label: Ravine Records
Brennan Andes: Bass
Rob Avsharian: Drums
Dan Bennett: Alto and Bari Sax
Josef Deas: Organ, Electric Piano, Moog Synth
Tim Haldeman: Tenor Sax
Ross Huff: Trumpet
Darrin James: Guitar, Organ
Randall Moore: Percussion