StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: "Shake It" with The New Mastersounds


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This week, we're checking out some videos featuring The New Mastersounds, who will be coming to St. Louis to perform next Saturday, October 19 at the Atomic Cowboy Pavilion.

A funk/jazz quartet with a stripped-down sound that's been compared to the Meters, Booker T and the MGs, and St. Louis' own Grant Green, The New Mastersounds- guitarist and bandleader Eddie Roberts, drummer Simon Allen, bassist Pete Shand, and keyboardist Joe Tatton- last played here in May 2016, also at Atomic Cowboy.

This time around, they're celebrating their 20th year as a band, plus the release of a new album, Shake It, which came out in September on Roberts' new Color Red label. The new album and their current tour also are their first to feature vocalist Lamar Williams Jr. (whose dad played bass with the Allman Brothers Band and Sea Level).

You can see the Mastersounds with Williams in the first video up above, a mini-set recorded in May of this year at Paste Studio in NYC that features the songs “Let's Go Back," “Shake It" and “Love They Deserve."

After the jump, there's a full set of music, recorded in September at Terminal West in Atlanta, that includes all the songs from Shake It.

That's followed by another full set of music, recorded in July at Ardmore Music Hall in Philadelphia.

The last three videos depict live-in-the-studio performances that were part of the Mastersounds' immediately previous album The Nashville Sessions 2, released last November. Like the original Nashville Sessions album, it was recorded live-to-tape in a single session before a small audience at Welcome to 1979 Studios in Nashville, with the results including the tracks seen here, “Yokacoka," “All I Want (Right Now)" and “3 on the B."

For more about The New Mastersounds, check out Eddie Roberts' interview last year with and an interview he did around the same time with “The Sound Podcast with Ira Haberman."

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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