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Grooveatech Orchestra - One More Time

Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/02/04

There are many who have long criticized the 'smooth jazz/groove' genre for lacking innovation, freshness, and a hip sound to attract a younger generation of fans. I can't say I entirely agree with that sentiment, but for any of the critics who do, now would be the perfect time to introduce them to the sound of Grooveatech Orchestra. This exciting and innovative new outfit is the brainchild of Long Island, New York based Aaron Wider, who until recently has fallen under the radar of the music genre with his spectacular 'super group' or better still, musical dream team. While Wider is the producer, arranger, and lead vocalist on the album One More Time, he has assembled the most recognizable names and talents to contribute to his project. Among them, Chieli Minucci, Special FX, Marc Antoine, Phillipe Saisse, Jeff Golub, Slim Man, Marc Antoine, Greg Adams, Jeff Kashiwa, Ken Navarro, Chris Standring, Matt Marshak, as well as a host of ultra-talented musicians, who along with the aforementioned names, remotely recorded their tracks before Wider's genius production skills were put to work. To explain just what is Grooveatech Orchestra, look no further than the CD cover with its congregation of stars: alternative groove, funk, pop, rock, and smooth jazz. The title track is a beat driven, synth-heavy masterpiece that is stylish and chic and a potential 'club hit' complete with Wider's perfectly laid vocal tracks that bring back the mystique of the electronica era for those of us who lived through it and enjoyed it. The beat and tempo is just as kicking on Let Me Change with its cool and melodic hooks and grooves and some of the best guitar solos you will ever hear. While One More Time stays true to its description on the CD cover, Wider produces a very pretty yet smoothly produced and up-tempo offering on Rainbow, a gently sung and reflectively written tune that fits in perfectly with the rest of the innovative work on the album. Wider and Dora Nicolosi partner up vocally for what could be called a beautiful 'soul-tronic' and heartfelt medium tempo track titled I Remember, backed up by the incredible guitar work of Antoine, Marshak, and Golub and Saisse's remarkable keyboarding. Grooveatech Orchestra with its all-star lineup of first rate talent and song writing could be the catalyst for bringing new, ground breaking sounds into the smooth jazz fold. One More Time is a perfectly orchestrated soundtrack for anyone needing a fresh, hip and stylish injection of one of the newest and creative sounds today.

Reviewed by:
Stu Berketo


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