Groove Collective ‎– Declassified

Shanachie ‎– 5058, Shanachie ‎– SHANACHIE 5058
CD, Album


1 Up All Night 4:35
2 Everything Is Changing 5:49
3 On A Feeling 3:52
4 Some People 4:58
5 Valiha 1:05
6 Undercover Life 4:25
7 Guara Rumba 1:02
8 Crisis 7:24
9 End Transmission 4:12
10 Sabrosona (Song For Chucho) 3:33
11 Nature Of A Freak 6:02
12 Triage 2:05
13 Martha My Dear 3:27
14 Sabrosona (Reprise) 1:23
15 Mrs. Strangelove 3:48

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Printed track times are off significantly; entered times are as tracks are indexed on disc.
Catalog number "5058" on spine and CD artwork, "SHANACHIE 5058" on back of booklet.

℗ 1999 Shanachie Entertainment Corp.

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  • Barcode: 0 16351 50582 8
  • Label Code: LC 5762

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October 14, 2017
edited about 1 month ago

Here is a review I wrote of this album in July 1999:

Upon seeing that New York based Groove Collective sports a membership of a dozen-plus multiethnic males, one is tempted to wince in anticipation of bad raps and music that is anything but tight. Fortunately, there's only one bad rap on this mostly instrumental salsa-funk-disco-jazz fusion album, and the band is just barely as tight as an ensemble needs to be in order to impress the hell out of a live audience.

The Collective's strength is in the depth of musical knowledge represented in the album's 15 studio tracks. Nothing is lost in the translation of each member's influences into the ensemble's recorded sound. Jazz influences appear in the form of jazz, house as house. It is remarkable that they maintain this purity when combining styles—and it's worth noting that every track is a marriage of at least three genres.

Every composition is clearly the result of a jam, an evolutionary process interrupted and put on tape long after it started yet well before it was finished, and it wouldn't be surprising to find that these selections are the cream of a hundred unique sessions, worked out as much in the studio as on stage at one of many international music festivals they find themselves playing.

'Declassified' is a quality document of truly funky, soulful American music, perhaps not covering, on the surface, any ground that hasn't been explored before, but well worth adding to the soundtrack of summer evenings in the city.