Liquid Soul - Here's The Deal



Chicago's very own Liquid Soul continues to drop major doses of acid jazz on Here's The Deal (Shanachie Records). On this third studio release, band leader and saxophonist Mars Williams leads Liquid Soul even further into the seldom explored adventureland of jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and Latin sounds.

It's definitely all about fusion, flava and fun on Here's The Deal_"Sure Fire One" opens the record with a blistering freestyle delivery from Windy City rapper MCB and the band lays down a surprising Middle Eastern scale over the groove in the middle of the track. Nina Simone's daughter Simone makes her recording debut with Liquid Soul on the sultry invitational "Stop By Monie's" and on the deep sexy groove number "Dysfunction." Liquid Soul's resident MC Dirty MF does the deed once again on loose and fluid "Show Me."

Liquid Soul once again acknowledges its debt to the jazz greats, with a live Y2K version of Miles Davis' "All Blues" and a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie called "The Diz." And the twelve tracks are further enhanced by DJ Ajax's innovative use of ambient sounds in addition to the usual word and jazz samples that have always distinguished Liquid Soul's progressive sound. On Here's The Deal, Liquid Soul lays it all out for everyone to hear and feel. Whether in the studio or performing the intensely energetic live shows for which they are famous, Liquid Soul always delivers maximum quality with maximum style.

01. Sure Fire One
02. The Diz
03. Stop By Monie's
04. Everybody's Got One
05. Show Me
06. Sex Tablet
07. All Blues
08. Sweet Pea
09. Donkey Punch
10. Dysfunction
11. Rocket Scientist
12. Spam Sucker

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What is Acid Jazz?

Acid jazz (also known as club jazz) is a musical genre that combines elements of soul music, funk, disco, particularly looping beats and modal harmony. It developed over the 1980s and 1990s and could be seen as tacking the sound of jazz-funk onto electronic dance/pop music.

The compositions of groups such as The Brand New Heavies and Incognito often feature chord structures usually associated with Jazz music. The Heavies in particular were known in their early years for beginning their songs as catchy pop and rapidly steering them into jazz territory before "resolving" the composition and thus not losing any pop listeners but successfully "exposing" them to jazz elements in "baby steps".

The acid jazz "movement" is also seen as a "revival" of jazz-funk or jazz fusion or soul jazz by leading DJs such as Norman Jay or Gilles Peterson or Patrick Forge, also known as "rare groove crate diggers".