From the quiet tropical suburban back streets of Australia's 3rd largest city (Brisbane) comes a young all instrumental ensemble called Kerbside Collection, creating a mixture of some forgotten rare groove sounds – good times instrumental jazz funk with a touch of soul.
The sound harks back to the 60s and 70s Californian West Coast music of artists such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Chico Hamilton, Joe Sample and The Crusaders, whilst tipping its’ hat to today’s contemporaries keeping the ‘feel’ alive (Soulive, Bobby Hughes, James Taylor Quartet, Eddie Roberts & The New Mastersounds, The Menahan Street Band, The Stance Brothers, Frootful etc).
In May 2011, directly after devastating floods freakishly ripped through their hometown of Brisbane, the ensemble went to record their debut album in Melbourne with Jake Mason (Cookin' on 3 Burners). 8 songs were recorded/mixed/pre-mastered in 4 days, on vintage, analogue gear and onto warm tape. The songs were tracked the old classic way - all members in one room playing together, with instruments bleeding into other instrument mics and amps (and no 'click'!) to capture a full and lively sound from the players.
The album opens with Jelly Belly - a tight and snappy jazz funk kicker, Cat Whip - a frenetic uptempo JBs style workout (released on 7" too), their gritty 'b boy' funk version of Dizzy Gillespie's 'Night in Tunisia' (also out on limited edition Sold Out 7"), a grittier jazz funk interpretation of a George Benson rarity, a little skankin' jazz/reggae number (think Jackie Mittoo x Earnest Ranglin), a cool jazz dance cover of a Coltrane classic (Impressions), the wah wah groove of Sweet Like nectar and 41 Bernhard - a low slung soul-jazz number featuring Anton Delecca (The Bamboos) on flute.
Generating worldwide support from the likes of Karsten John (Vinyl Vibes/Ger), Nik Weston (Mukastuku, UK/Japan), Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s, UK), Dusty (Jazz & Milk, Ger), Chris Gill (Northside Records, Aus).
2013. Légère Recordings.
Ravi Welsh - Guitar
Jason “Paprika” Bell - Drums & percussion
Chris Poulsen - Hammond & Fender Rhodes
Jeremy O’Connor - Fender “P” & double bass
*Anton Delecca - Flute on 41 Bernhard
Recorded by Jake Mason @ Van Ness Facility, Melbourne 2nd-4th May 2011.
Mixed by Jake Mason & Jason Bell. Mastered by Jake Mason.
Artwork/Design: J Bell.
Photos (incl Brisbane 2011 Flood images) curtosy of:
Dominic Xavier, Jack McClane, Erik K Veland, Ricky Tang, Carolyn Barry, Jacob Whittaker, Michael Rosenstein, Stephen Joyes, Suvodeb Banerjee, Heather Polley, Michael Marston.
released June 5, 2013
“Some hefty funk out of Australia!” (Snowboy/Blues &Soul Mag- UK)
“Tight instrumental jazz from from the Oz scene! Kerbside Collection stands out in a fertile scene thanks to lean, air tight edge that’s mightly impressive – but still nice and funky for the most part. Heavy drums and bass lines deliver the tenacious rhythm, thick layers of Hammond and Rhodes and some tasty guitar licks are at the core…” (Dusty Groove Records - Chicago/USA)
“…Fat rhythms, Hammond organ or Rhodes piano, crisp funk bass ….and a guitarist who does not want to be the centre of power….for fans of GEORGE BENSON…..absolutely fresh!!!” (Ohrenschmauch Radio Show - Germany)
“An enjoyable listen!…Love the Night Tunisia version!” (Karsten John - Vinyl Vibes/ Germany)
"An enjoyable listen!...love the Night in Tunisia rework!" (Karsten John, Vinyl Vibes – Germany)
“Nice one Sirs! Love it! (Dom Servini, Wah Wah 45s – UK)
“Great music and good vibes!” (Dusty – Jazz & Milk Records – Germany)
all instrumental gritty jazz funk & dusty rare groove ensemble taking inspiration from 60s & early 70's West Coast sounds.
‘old school drums, fender or upright bass, alongside funky hammond organ & rhodes, & some sweet George Benson-ish jazz guitar licks on top.
(Tu nous) Connaissais de Face, I love this track and not because the title is in French and I'm French but because I think it represents the album well. A perfect and indefinable alchemy between incompatible ingredients. Unavoidable !...de Face, to profile, from all sides... #laurent¥auriol#