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Soulive loves to flip the switch of preconceived notions. If you listen to their infectious Blue Note debut Doin’ Something, the funky grooves and skin-tight hip-hop rhythms will probably make you think that they’re another jam band wearing tie-dyed T-shirts, sandals and beads. Instead, the trio dresses like they’ve just got off on New York’s R Train after a long workday on Wall Street. In fact, they don’t really see themselves as part of the much heralded, and much fabricated, jam-band scene. “A lot of what we do is about the compositional aspect,” asserts guitarist Eric Krasno. “We just don’t go outer-space and just play for ourselves. We want the crowd to feel what we’re doing.”

Formed two years ago in Boston’s fertile music scene, Soulive exudes the raw intimacy of a live show on record, and the emotional TKO-punch of ’70s R&B. With Alan Evans’ good-foot drumming and brother Neal Evans’ backyard church organ squawks and buttery bass lines percolating underneath Krasno’s sometimes chicken-scratch, sometimes deep-blue guitar licks, the trio traces bohemian hip-hop back to the glory days of The 3 Sounds and Young-Holt Unlimited.

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