Fourplay just released their â€œEnergyâ€, their 11th album overall. While some individuals may not be familiar with their work after 1991â€™s â€œFourplayâ€, which sold over a million copies and charted on the contemporary jazz charts for about two-thirds of a year, the energy that Fourplay brings to â€œEnergyâ€ should draw a wide array of fans, both new and old. The disc itself begins with â€œFortune Tellerâ€, a track that really sets the mood for the rest of the track. The smooth sound and dynamic that the band crafts during â€œFortune Tellerâ€ makes the opening six minutes of the track follow through with rapidity, leading into â€œThe Whistlerâ€. â€œThe Whistlerâ€ is a track that is important in that it follows the trends and overall approaches during the first track, while stepping out of â€œFortune Tellerâ€â€™s spotlight, fitting into a nook that may even bring them in fans of current R&B singers like Bobby Valentino.
The spicier sound of â€œThe Whistlerâ€ keeps the momentum of â€œEnergyâ€ highâ€, and the act enters into a set of two shorter tracks â€“ â€œUltralightâ€ and â€œCape Townâ€ that ensures that listeners will be focused in through the bulk of the remainer of the disc. â€œCape Townâ€ stands out as the stronger of the two, throwing in a set of vocals that further bolster the instrumentation present on the track while furthering a vocal narrative. The sandy, beach groove of â€œCape Townâ€ will undoubtedly keep listenersâ€™ spirits up through the impending fall and winter, and provide a great stepping-off point for the â€œhump trackâ€, â€œThe Yes Clubâ€. â€œThe Yes Clubâ€ eschews the vocals of â€œCape Townâ€, instead presenting a killer groove between the keyboards, bass, and guitars that is a true peak among a number of high mountains.
Esperanza Spaldingâ€™s work on â€œPrelude For Loversâ€ stokes back up the flames of the â€œEnergyâ€, giving listeners the pep to make it through the next track, â€œLook Both Waysâ€. â€œLook Both Waysâ€ is the longest track on the disc, allowing the constituent members of Fourplay the opportunity to weave together a comprehensive track that showcases the abilities of all; â€œEnergyâ€ is the perfect disc for Fourplay to hit with at this time, and I have a feeling that it will move copies at a pace that is not quite unlike that of their first album. If you like jazz that disregards genre borders and ideas of whatâ€™s â€œrightâ€ in the jazz form, make it a point to pick up â€œEnergyâ€.
Top Tracks: Look Both Ways, The Yes Club
Fourplay â€“ Energy / 2008 Heads Up / 10 racks / http://www.headsup.com /