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Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, US

May 18th, 2019

Are you a fan of good quality jazz-fusion? Bands that play in sync with each other? Supportive of home grown talent? Well The New Mastersounds are just what you need. UK born and bluesy funk band, The New Mastersounds, are exactly that – masters of sound. This 4 piece collective are from Leeds, UK and are definitely bringing some soul to their suburban city.

Established in the late 90s, this bands work has evolved over the last 10+ years and they now have 8 studio albums, 2 live albums, a remix album and counting… They have also collaborated with some global label artists like Melvin Sparks from Blue Note Records to UKs very own Corinne Bailey-Rae from EMI.

These soul brothers performed at Brooklyn Bowl and firstly, what an ideal and appropriate venue this was. Extremely laid back and well-fitting to the finesse of the band. Their set included ‘You Got It All’, ‘Way Out West’ and ‘Summer Camp’. Outside of the original 4 band members, they also introduced a 4 piece horns section, with a female musician in the midst; now this sure did make me smile.

An evening filled with good vibes and quality music as they evoked a real personal experience. The New Mastersounds are back at The Brooklyn Bowl at the end of this month so don’t delay! If you didn’t know..

In the late 1990’s, guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts was promoting a club night in Leeds called “The Cooker.” When The Cooker moved into a new venue with a second floor in 1999, there was space and the opportunity to put a live band together to complement the DJ sets. Simon Allen and Eddie had previously played together as The Mastersounds, though with a different bassist and no organ.

Through friends and the intimate nature of the Leeds music scene, Pete Shand and Bob Birch were added on bass and Hammond respectively, and The New Mastersounds were born. Though it was raw, and more of a boogaloo sound at first, it was powerful from the start. Their first rehearsal was hot enough for Blow it Hard Records to release on two limited-edition 7” singles in 2000.

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