Listening to Painted Man's new album, "Retro Groove," makes me feel like I've jumped into a time machine and been transported back to the 1970s. (Musically, at least, that's a good thing.) Retro Groove is a sweet mix of funk, R&B, jazz, disco and even some overtones of gospel and hip-hop, "Retro Groove" also looks toward a future in which all of these genres have become fused into something new.From the opening cut 'Kool'you get the feeling the band not only understands what groove really means but that they have taken it to a new level of true fusion.Each song is a beautiful blend of soul and lyricism that is lacking in todays commercial music.Will Bostics vocal style is a menagerie of the soul singers of the past (Marvin Gaye,James Brown,Sam Cooke) mixed with a modern sound that is it's own unique blend. "What we're trying to do is push the envelope on that evolution," said "Funky" Leroy Harper, who produced the new album and plays keyboards and blows sax for Painted Man. "Because we're not really a funk band, we're not really a rock band, we're not really a jazz band. We want a seamless presentation of different kinds of music." Painted Man has been around in one form or another since 2001.The band known for their dynamic live performances,has always pleased crowds with their interpretations of classics from Miles Davis to Led Zeppelin, James Brown to Al Green even Pink Floyd. Harper is quoted saying "But now with Retro Groove they clearly are making an original statement by embracing the groove of those who laid the foundations of deep soul and funk!If you are truly interested in a 'New Thang'that embraces the sounds of the past then Retro Groove will be a CD you will truly enjoy!
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