Euge Groove, the saxophonist, has returned to the scene after taking a year off from recording and touring to “take care of my mind, body, and spirit”. The Maryland native, who calls California his home, reflected on his days as a sideman with Tina Turner, Tower Of Power, and Richard Marx when he turned 60. He said “I feel like I’m onto a new chapter not only musically but spiritually”. These feelings are brought to the foreground of his audience through songs like 'Crossroads' and 'Two Bridges'. The latter is a slow jam that has all the right ingredients - smooth and relaxing.
Things get funky with ‘Please Mr. Groove’ - a song he says is a loosely based cover of a dance club groove from the 80’s by the group ‘One Way’ that featured a vocoder hook saying “Please Mr. Groove’. Richard Elliot and Candy Dulfer, both saxophonists, assist with the track, Richard performing the vocoder part (he does it during his live shows but never recorded it until now), and Candy Dulfer nails the Maceo Parker-influenced sax line. Not only is this album a sax fest but it really shows Euge’s growth as an artist and human being. Euge, your enthusiasm and delicious grooves are a source of great inspiration for us. Gary James Weeknights 6pm to Midnight Wave 98.3 Vancouver