Album Review: True Loves — Sunday Afternoon

If you have an appreciation for – heck, even an awareness of – the sort of kinetic soul jazz that formed the musical component of late ‘60s and early ‘70s crime film and television, then ohmygoodgracious do I have something to tell you about. True Loves’ Sunday Afternoon is a 21st century answer to that kind of deep-grooving music. This eight-man outfit knows how to lay down a groove and a melody, and they keep the excitement high. You’ll hear this and feel a strong impulse to climb behind the wheel of one of those land yachts from 1972, and head out onto the gritty city streets.

The players are all top-notch; the large group’s lineup includes sax man Skerik, a foundling member of Garage a Trois. This Seattle outfit is more about the ensemble than its impressive individual components; songs like “Did it Again” all but insist that you lift the needle up and give them another spin.

The virtuosity and freedom of jazz, the intensity of soul, the rhythm of rock: they’re all here, and on translucent blue vinyl, no less. An essential purchase, and my personal pick for the best among the uniformly superb albums covered in this, Musoscribe’s first Vinyl Week in some time.