Liquid Soul delivers a one-two punch at Rumpus Roo
EDWARDS – Grammy-nominated funk/jazz/hip-hop collective Liquid Soul celebrates the release of their Telarc debut recording, “One-Two Punch,” with a performance at Rumpus Room in Edwards Tuesday. Pioneers of the acid-jazz movement during their early days in the Chicago club scene of the mid-1990s, Liquid Soul has evolved over the past dozen years into a musical compendium of sounds and styles that starts with jazz and embraces hip-hop, R&B, dance, funk, techno, world, spoken-word and much more. Led by saxophonist/composer Mars Williams, the eight-piece collective has toured in nearly every corner of the U.S. and is looking to turn up the juice in Europe and other parts of the world via their Telarc debut.Williams co-produced “One-Two Punch” with Van Christie, whose prior credits run the gamut from Die Warzau to Clay People to National Trust. The session list includes a small army of cutting-edge players, including a few high-profile special guests: turntable virtuoso DJ Logic, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Widespread Panic keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann and Smashing Pumpkins drummer Matt Walker. The album also marks the return of Liquid Soul co-founder/guitarist Tommy Klein, and includes the rhythm section of bassist Phil Ajjarapu, drummer Tony “Kick Drum” Taylor and beat box maestro David “Boy Elroy” Arredondo.
“This record is a little bit different,” Williams said. “It’s still Liquid Soul, but I’ve taken it further. I’m doing more in the way of manipulating sounds and styles. In addition to that, there are a lot of different voices here besides my own. This record includes several people with whom I like to collaborate. I can introduce a song or an idea, but then I like to give it to somebody and let them interpret it in their own way or add something to it.”Vail, Colorado