Nothing But The Truth

A 10 track soul jazz album (55m 31s) — released September 21st 2009 on Freestyle Records

The Hammond Organ has provided the backbone of much popular music since it's invention 75 years ago. From gospel, blues, jazz, soul, funk, rock and reggae. The unmistakable, gritty sound of this groovy septuagenarian has been loved (and lets be honest, sometimes hated) by successive generations. It might even be suggested that the Hammond sound has nothing new to offer in the 21st century, after so many decades as the workhorse of black music that is until the man behind Soul Sugar, Guillaume Metenier put together this new collection for Freestyle Records. Guillaume is a highly respected Parisian keyboard player whose previous credits include The Last Poets, Emilie Simon as well as being a long time collaborator of production maestro and trip hop hero Kid Loco. Indeed, Kid Loco has worked together with Guillaume on 'Nothing But The Truth' to produce the perfect mix of vintage sounds and styles, but with a contemporary edge. From outset of the sublime opener 'Silver', which features the voice of Hammond legend and Guillaumes' organ tutor Dr Lonnie Smith, this project blends, Hammond, piano, squelchy analogue synthesisers and fresh beats and production to refresh one of black music's most enduring genres, this is psychedelic, chilled out, soul jazz for modern ears. As a tribute to the Hammonds incredible legacy, Lonnie Smith's 'Play It Back' gets a loving reworking for contemporary times, as does Jimmy Smith's 'Mellow Mood' but it is Guillaumes' deft, highly original approach on tracks like 'Sagittarius' and 'Ritual' that sets this collection apart from the often derivative organ sounds so prevalent today. Hear how a Hammond groove and a house beat can work together beautifully like old friends on 'First Come', experience the funky fuzz rock soundtrack feel of 'Rolling', feel the ever changing musical soundscapes on this album, which also features drummer Yvo Abadi (Amadou & Maryam) and percussionist Phillippe Monrose (Brooklyn Funk Essentials) sax player Renaud Gabriel Pion (Bjork,John Cale) trumpet player Piero Pepin (Le tigre des platanes) and guitar players Andre Margail (Lena Luiz) Christophe Van Huffel (Tanger, Christophe) Phillippe Dalecky (Grace Jones) that ensures that Soul Sugars first Freestyle Records release 'Nothing But The Truth' breaks new ground and also keeps the organ groove re energized, fresh and relevant for contemporary fans of top quality sounds.

Sweet Hammond funk and spacier sounds from Soul Sugar -- the brainchild of Parisian keyboard maestro Guillaume Metenier -- pretty much killing it on a blend of tripped out 70s style funk and some more eclectic grooves! The keys drive the sound masterfully, with a mix of Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes and Mini Moog, some gritty funk stormers, others with a fuller jazz funk vibe, and doing bringing some Latin and psychedelic atmosphere. Producer Kid Loco contributes some beats, guitar and percussion, with drummer Yvo Abadi, percussionist Phillippe Monrose, horn player Piero Pepen, guitarist Andre Margail and others. - Dusty Groove America

It's exciting to hear the Hammond in an electronic context, to hear soul and funky music but also house and plenty of electronic beats, and, specially, that those two languages fit perfectly together - Santiago Tadeo Cervera www.acidjazzhispano

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