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Groove Collective

Groove Collective

The Groove Collective’s Dance of the Drunken Master, on Shanachie, is the group’s third release. Bill Ware, the group’s accomplished vibist, who has a solo career and also performs with the Jazz Passengers, believes that it’s their best effort thus far, truly capturing the excitement and energy the group generates in person. “Performing live is what we’re all about,” Ware explains. “But our first two releases with other labels, we weren’t able to do this. They were mostly studio efforts. Thanks to Shanachie, this time, we just went into the studio and played live, with very minimal overdubbing.”

Since its inception seven years ago, at the New York club Giant Step, Groove Collective has put together a unique amalgam of jazz, funk, r&b, and Latin music that was at first dubbed jazz hip hop. But with the disappearance of that genre, categorization of the group is difficult at best.

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