Nov 19th, 2021
Bristol’s soul-jazz brothers The Jazz Defenders hit us with a brand new single via Haggis Records, another taster from their forthcoming second album King Phoenix which drops in February 2022 from the same label. The quintet, led by keyboard maestro George Cooper from the UK funk kings The Haggis Horns, deliver a new bumping hip-hop/jazz jam called “Live Slow” featuring guest MC Herbal T, from the USA.
The original music burns bright in a mid-late 1960’s soul-jazz style made popular by the likes of Ramsey Lewis and Herbie Hancock. Funky backbeat, in-the-pocket bassline, snappy and sharp brass, soul claps, and infectious piano vamping from that man Cooper. Then a third way in, guest MC Herbal T jumps on the mic and flips it into a hip-hop/jazz gem with some classy old-school bars that fit perfectly with the funky soul-jazz instrumental vibe. A great collaboration that references those golden era 90’s hip-hop x jazz experiments by bands like Guru’s Jazzmatazz and US3. With a nice upbeat tempo, this is definitely one for the b-boy/b-girl jams and cyphers worldwide.
“Live Slow” is out the same month as the band hit the road for their Autumn UK tour which kicks off with a sold-out show at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London on 6th November.