“Music & Movement” is the second album by Andy P & Jideblaskos. The story behind this band of much-sought-after Swedish studio musicians began back in 2000 when Tobias Gabrielson (bass), Anders Hedlund (drums) and Petter Bergander (keyboards) got together with the band’s guitarist and mastermind Andy Pfeiler to work on the international scene as the backing band for Swedish soul star Kaah. <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> <!--[endif]-->
Released in 2002, the debut album from Andy P & Jideblaskos was unable to reach a wide audience at the time because their label, EDEL Sweden, shut down operations. The musicians had no choice but to return to focusing on the studio business until the tides turned. Although, that didn’t stop them from gigging as house band at Mosebacke, their own club in Stockholm. In the end, this ‘absolutely live’ feeling the band radiates found its place on the recordings for “Music & Movement”, the current album, on which Andy Pfeiler and the crew reimmerse themselves in the shimmering torch-song world of Marvin Gaye and Prince, The Meters, Parliament, Funkadelic, and even Ry Cooder. All of them members of Andy P’s ‘Hall of Fame’, these artists acted as quasi-godfathers when he set to work on his own mix of funk and soul, “refined by a jazzy touch”, as he puts it. An added attraction that listeners won’t miss are the lyrics on some of the songs: their lanky casualness can’t hide a critical eye for today’s society. <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> <!--[endif]-->
Stunning melodies and funky grooves blend to form a sound that gets audiences up on their feet and moving, giving birth to tunes like the title track, “Music & Movement”. Over the last few years Andy P has primarily become known to international audiences as a member of Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit, too. Meanwhile he has circled the globe with the Unit and reached an amazing spectrum of listeners with the widest variety of cultural backgrounds. As he says, borders don’t mean a thing when you can dance to the music and it can be “bodily experienced”. <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> <!--[endif]-->
On “Fresh Groove”, the spark-spitting opener, Magnum Coltrane Price joins his brother-in-arms from the Funk Unit to supply razor-sharp vocals. And it’s hardly a surprise that Nils Landgren is on hand to spiff up “If Someone Wants To” with dazzling trombone work. Never a man to ignore interested listeners, his words to the wise here are: “Hi to all friends of good old soulful music. Check my man Andy P out.” The Swedish magazine “7” waxed enthusiastic over the “beautifully captivating soul & funk music”. “Hifi & Music” even selected the album as one of its 10 Best in 2010. <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> <!--[endif]-->
Andy P & Jideblaskos will be kicking off their first live tour across Germany in March and can be heard in Minden, Freiburg, Oberhausen and Hamburg, to name just a few (all dates to be found at www.skiprecords.com).