Jazz-Funk Band Down To The Bone has released a box set called Classic Album Series. It is a re-release of the band’s first three albums. You will be able to jam to those old grooves, and you will also be able to hear some new, reworked tracks from the albums.
Fun fact: Down To The Bone was created as an afterthought. Founding member Stuart Wade was remixing a track from a Soul band he was in at the time. He named the song the Down To The Bone remix, and the track received rave reviews in the Jazz-Funk scene in the UK, including DJ’s and the music magazines dedicated to Jazz-Funk.
Because Wade wanted to change direction and move into the Jazz-Funk space, he then created the concept of Down To The Bone.
They started out with just a couple of vinyl EP’s, just to see how it would go. It went alright…Actually BETTER than alright, as the project lead to a live band, ten album releases, and top-10 radio and sales hits.
They have an eleventh album in the pipeline, so be sure to look out the that!
Down To The Bone actually has two live bands, one based in the US and the other based in the UK. This is because the gigs vary…from one-off performances to 2-3 week tours. It did not make sense for the band to fly out here to the US for one performance, then BACK to the UK to play additional dates.
They are one of the few bands that can do shows both in the US and the UK at the same time!
Back to the box set. They are the first three album releases:
- From Manhattan to Stanton
- The Urban Grooves
- Spread The Word
We are partial to The Zodiac and Urban Jazz from The Urban Grooves Album.
“These are also probably the main releases Down To The Bone is known for, both with successes and for establishing the whole Down To The Bone sound, Wade said in a recent interview.”
For the new recordings of the bonus tracks, Wade wanted to try something different, as he has fantastic live bands in both in the UK and the US. His vision was to incorporate the live side into the recordings.
Check out the live studio versions of the tracks Brooklyn Heights and Staten Island Groove.