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Review by Scott Yanow: The Auratones - The Adventure Continues

22-07-2013 Review by Scott Yanow: The Auratones - The Adventure Continues

The Auratones’ on The Adventure Continues (ST 75768) have a great time performing jazzy and rockish soul music.       

The Auratones is a jazzy funk group that is midway between Tower Of Power and a contemporary big band. Their brand of danceable and melodic music, which is always soulful and melodic, has made them a popular attraction in Europe.
           
The core band (Rolf Delfos on alto and tenor, Pedter Broekhuizen on flute and baritone sax, either Cees Trappenburg or Marcel Reijs on trumpet, guitarist Tjeerd van Zanen, keyboardist Johan Hendrikse, bassist Boudeijn Lucas, and drummer Len Robbenmont) is joined by guest singers Thijs van Leer (who also plays organ, flute and vocoder) and his daughter Berenice van Leer. There are also a couple of background singers, a percussionist and two other keyboardists.
           
With the exception of “Just Come Along Letty” (based on Benny Golson’s “Along Came Betty”), all of the 11 selections are group originals. The music is consistently funky and grooving, with the vocals being rock and r&b-oriented. One is reminded of late 1960s soul/rock shows, and sometimes the songs are major productions. However in addition, the set is sprinkled with soulful jazz solos and some stretches that swing hard.
           
The Auratones certainly put on a colorful and memorable show in concert. The Adventure Continues gives listeners who were not able to see them perform live the opportunity to hear their cheerful and infectious brand of soul music.
 
Scott Yanow

 

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