- Released: October 1, 2007
- Label: Narada
JazzTimes - p.116
"[O]n 'Hip City,' the boys settle into a smooth groove that hints at the best of the Tower of Power catalog. It's among the band's catchiest tunes ever."
- 2.Funkin' Around
- 3.Parkside Shuffle
- 4.Cosmic Fuzz
- 5.Smile to Shine - (with Hil St. Soul)
- 6.Electric Vibes - (with Roy Ayers)
- 7.Greedy Fingers
- 8.Shake It Up - (with Corrina Greyson)
- 9.Space Dust
- 10.Hip City
- 11.Make It Funky
Down to the Bone: Pete Grogan (alto); Shilts (flute); Jon Radord (trumpet); Dob Dowel (trombone); The D.C. Horns (horns); Julian Crampton (bass guitar); Adam Riley (congas); Corrina Greyson, Neil Angilley, Neil Cowley , Richard Sadler, Tony Remy, Ian Crabtree.
Personnel: Roy Ayers (vocals, vibraphone); Corrina Greyson (vocals); Tony Remy, Ian Crabtree (guitar); Pete Grogan (saxophone, alto saxophone); Shilts (saxophone); Bob Dowell (trombone); Neil Angilley, Neil Cowley (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, claves); Richard Sadler (double bass, percussion, programming); Stuart Wade (programming).
Additional personnel: Hil St. Soul (vocals); Richard Salder (programming); Roy Ayers, Stuart Wade.
Audio Mixer: Richard Sadler.
Liner Note Author: Stuart Wade.
Recording information: Down To The Bone Studios, New Haw, Surrey, England.
Arranger: Stuart Wade.
No bones about it, the latest offering from the popular British funk ensemble Down to the Bone, reveals the inner workings of its creator Stuart Wade's collaborative efforts with Paul "Shilts" Weimar, the D.C. Horns, vibist Roy Ayers, vocalists Hill St. Soul and Corrina Greyson, and a dynamic rhythm section to perfection. Supercharged features 11 new songs that sizzle with energy, soul and a hard-edged funky groove. Hill St. Soul's delivery is so sincere on "Smile to Shine" that you know she's singing rote and not from sheet music. With dynamic vocals from Corrina Greyson elevating "Shake It Up" to a thrilling showstopper, this song is sure to get you out of your seat. The signature vibes are from Roy Ayers, one of the definitive modern jazz vibraphonists on the scene today. Ayers is at the top of his game on "Electric Vibes." Shilts increases the hard-edged horn funk throughout his soloing that has amazing power, range and creativity, while the rhythm section provides the perfect atmosphere for the set. The D.C. Horns are reminiscent of the funk and groove heard in a lot of Maceo Parker's bands but their musical prowess is more reminiscent of Tower of Power. All of Stuart Wade's arrangements are well conceived and offer both the group and soloists great songs that have melodic virility and room to stretch. If you're bored with the mass- produced sound of some of the contemporary jazz on the scene today, give a listen to Supercharged. The music goes right down to the bone! ~ Paula Edelstein