Disaster Relief’s “Back Into It”

Disaster Relief’s “Back Into It”
Disaster Relief’s “Back Into It”

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


Website: www.disasterreliefmusic.com | www.darrinjames.com

Facebook: facebook.com/disasterreliefmusic.com

Youtube: youtube.com/darrinjamesband

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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a Theatre and Food Writer and Filmmaker living in Los Angeles.