Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds/Parker Urban Band/Squeedlepuss
Passion Project Presents: Eddie Roberts' West Coast Sounds w/ Squeedlepuss and Parker Urban Band March 13th at 1904 Music Hall
Eddie Roberts of the The New Mastersounds is bringing a funky evening through Jax!
$10 in advance and $15 day of show
West Coast Sounds is more than simply a band name for guitar maestro Eddie Roberts new endeavor—it’s a statement about where he’s at in his extraordinary life.
Two years ago, the Welsh native and longtime Leeds, U.K. resident/globetrotting founder of The New Mastersounds packed his gear and headed to his favorite city, San Francisco. Roberts reconnected with Hammond B3 virtuoso and Boom Boom Room stalwart Wil Blades. He found drummer Jermal Watson (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) on this year’s Jam Cruise. When Jazz Mafia horn players Joe Cohen (tenor sax) and Mike Olmos (trumpet) guested on the New Masterounds’ album Out on the Faultline, Roberts had an epiphany.
“I realized how amazing they were, and it set an idea off,” says Roberts. “The addition of horns automatically changes the sound, although I would say that the grooves and the overall style of the West Coast Sounds is more similar to the New Mastersounds than my solo material, which has usually gone in more of a club jazz direction.” Regardless of the group or the setting, Roberts’ guitar playing is always visceral and funky. Shades of influence from Grant Green and the Meters’ show up rough and ready to rip.
The theme of time appears throughout the new album from originals "The Long Drive Home" and "A Day, A Week, A Month, A Year," to covers such as Sisters Love’s “Now Is the Time,” Bobby Williams & His Mar Kings’ “All The Time,” and Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know.” “‘Somebody’ is a cheeky one we threw in there to turn a few heads,” says Roberts. “When I first heard the original, I immediately imagined it with an Afrobeat groove, which is unusual for a group that uses a Hammond organ to produce bass lines rather than a bass guitar. In fact, I couldn’t think of a similar example, so I really wanted to give it a go."
Roberts produced It’s About Time at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland using house engineers live to tape in just three days with the main band, and a few more dedicated to horn overdubs. Eddie mixed the record himself and mastering is credited to engineer John Cuniberti, who has worked with The Neville Brothers and the Grateful Dead. The result is a rich, vibrant recording with a palpable sense of immediacy.
Eddie Roberts' West Coast Sounds is currently working on their 2nd album for New Orleans based label Dumaine Records, due for release fall 2015.
$10 in Advance $15 at Door