Reviewed by Dave O Rama
I keep digging up more funky combos out of Alberta and the Groove Apostles lay it out in a hazy languid mode that feels like a easy night ride after an unexpected summer downpour. Keeping it tight as a four piece the Groove Apostles give their vocal chords a day off to record ten instrumentals that merge cool jazz excursions over funky rhythms bathed in candle-lit lounge. Drummer Mathew Hellawell and bassist Daniel Best create some solid foundations here that weave and flow, a river of groove where reedist Vaughn Henning and key man Daniel Yaretz navigate the aural currents like seasoned mariners.
The music here is unhurried, vaporous, and expels sufficient heat in the most subtle of ways. For me it’s Daniel Yaretz who elevates the music to a higher level with his gorgeous electric piano, and when sax man Henning moves in to dance with him, the end result is quite sublime.
The Groove Apostles create musical landscapes best experienced wrapped in the folds of a colourful hammock as the tide swirls below and the rays of the sun warm your weary soul. Classically trained and jazz inspired this debut showcases a young collective of fusionists who I sense have much more to offer us as their sound continues to mature and evolve. A solid effort for sure.
Originally published in BC Musician Magazine