A collection of Latin rhythms from calypso to salsa and cha-cha to reggae while fringed in Americana soul and blues, Feel Like Dancing from the Jefferson Rose Band is a feel good record inviting audiences into the world of Cuban-infused dance music. Helmed by bassist Jefferson Rose, the ensemble blends brass instruments with the frothy strums of the guitar and the bongo-induced beats of the drums. Uplifting and joyful, the music paints a vibrant patina of Latin-based tunage.
American blues meets Latin grooves in “Tropical Winters” as vocalist Alex Kitchen shellacs the melody in a soulful voicing. Transitioning to a psychedelic rock tint in “True,” Kitchen once again applies her brand of emotive soul making the track come alive. The party atmosphere of “Anacortes” is anchored by the bongo-induced beats of Aaron Walker’s drums shrouded in the billowy rivulets of the Tobi Stone’s saxophone. The album shifts to a suave gait in “Set Me Free” as Kitchen’s vocals glide smoothly across the track. Sensuous and sleek, the vocals evoke a sense of liberation in the verses as she implores, “Don’t let life slip me by / Set me free / Can’t let go / Please set me free…or you’ll never know.”
The leisurely stroll of the saxophone in “Contribution” is tethered to the flapping toots of Naomi Segel’s trombone set a chassis of reggae beats then takes a dip into the summery island-tinged rhythm of “Palmera” as Kitchen’s vocals sway in sync with the breezy atmospherics. The music paints a picture of pure paradise in the listener’s mind. The festive mood continues with “Playa Cocles” as the springy stride of Cameron Brownfield’s guitar sets the tempo for the horns and drums to follow trotting along like a conga line of instruments. Cushioned in salsa-embossed beats, “Esperanza” is a lively number with percolating horns that create a celebratory ambience. The band keeps the tempo upbeat as they ramp up the carnival mood in the title track with Kitchen’s vocals enhancing the joyful spirit. The band imbues “Primavera En Barcelona” with a relaxing vibe as the rhythm switches to a casual pace reminiscent of “The Girl from Imponema.”
Comprised of a group of musicians who come from across the globe, the Jefferson Rose Band combines diverse backgrounds that when brought together sounds like they come from the same family. Feel Like Dancing is a party album designed from Latin rhythms and blues tweaked with soul making for uplifting music that puts the listener in a happy place.
Jefferson Rose – bass, Alex Kitchen – vocals, Naomi Segel – trombone, Tobi Stone – saxophone and flute, Ahkeenu Musa – percussion, Cameron Brownfield – guitar, Aaron Walker – drums
Samantha Boshnack – trumpet, Leslie Kitchen – harmony vocals, Mahamadou Koné – percussion
Esperanza, Feel Like Dancing, El Juego, Primavera En Barcelona, Tropical Winters, True, Anacortes, Set Me Free, Contribution, Palmera, Playa Cocles