What they say…
“The Mr. Miyagi’s of jazz-funk!”
The Find Mag
Resolution 88 was started in 2012 as an original jazz-funk-fusion project. Their music is based around the sound of the Fender Rhodes piano, complex changes and heavily syncopated funk / broken beats, inspired by Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters and more recent ground-breaking artists like Kaidi Tatham.
Their self-titled debut album was released on CD in 2014 and became Blues & Soul Magazine’s ‘Album Of The Month’. That was followed by a digital EP that made it to #8 in the Jazz Mp3 Charts on Amazon and a limited edition vinyl 12” single featuring Kaidi Tatham’s remix of their track “Broken Beat” (which was inspired by Kaidi in the first place). All releases received international radio play, most notably Jazz FM and the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show on BBC Radio.
Resolution 88‘s second album “Afterglow“ was released on CD and Digital in 2016 on Splash Blue Music, the label founded by Incognito frontman Bluey, going on to receive glowing praise and radioplay from around the world. Track “Taking Off” was then picked up by Mochi Records who released it as a 12″ single in early 2019 alongside the Mochi Men remix. This record made it among the 10 best vinyl releases of the week according to The Vinyl Factory.
Resolution 88‘s third album “Revolutions“ was released in 2019 and marked a lot of firsts for the band: it was the first time they recorded to multi-track tape, the first time they included a string and brass section, the first time they invited special guests on a record and the first time they pressed an album on vinyl. This record cemented their standing as one of the most intriguing jazz-funk outfits out there and brought with it a slew of live gigs in Europe.
In their years of activity, Resolution 88 have sold out some of the most prestigious venues in London, like Ronnie Scott’s and PizzaExpress in Soho, toured in the UK supporting The Blackbyrds (Donald Byrd’s famous protégés), Medeski, Martin & Wood, Nels Cline and Snarky Puppy, but above all they have headlined at the inaugural Cambridge Jazz Festival along with special guest Dennis Rollins on trombone and they have also put on their own gig with special guest Soweto Kinch guesting as MC and on alto saxophone.
Part of the band ethos is that of high fidelity sound: all their studio releases have been mastered by Bob Power in New York (he has worked on some of the most influential R’n’B / hip hop recordings of the 20th and 21st centuries, with D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Common etc). All their music has also been mixed by Dan ‘JD73’ Goldman, one of the most talented engineers in the UK.
The band has a growing and hugely engaged fanbase, and this is just the beginning!