Onion, Jazz FM/Telstar
After a long absence, Heavyshift has come bouncing back even stronger than ever. I first discovered them in 1995 when the jazz station in New York played "90 Degrees in the Shade" from their first US Release "Unchain Your Mind", which in my mind was incomparable and has remained one of my enduring favorites. I was hooked. Since then they faded in to obscurity, at least in America, but I still kept an eye open. Luckily, in 1996 Heavyshift released "The Last Picture Show", a theme record that delivered the kind of groove I'd come to expect from them. Another keeper. Since then, I kept searching amazon periodically, hoping they would re-emerge. Finally, they are back!!
It's hard to classify their music because they are so unique, but I would call it acid jazz, with a touch of swing, hip hop and funk. They are anything but boring! Imagine a cocktail party - martnis, comsopolitains, everybody dressed up and looking fashionable. And Heavyshift playing in the background. Excellent saxaphone action, and background keyboard vibes. They are that cool. Totally Groovy, Man!!
_Stephen James (Amazon)
Through the years Shifts music has been has been described as acid jazz, smooth jazz, soundtrack, lounge, nu-jazz and now chill, but esseintially we write/play what comes naturally.
Absolutely fantastic. This is one of the CD's that you put in your changer, and NEVER take out. I'm shopping for another copy for my house. Obviously, 90 Degrees in the Shade is what attracted me to Heavyshift, but there are a few very pleasant surprises on this CD. Hawaii Five 0, Obey the Rules of the Night and Unchain Your Mind will have you rocking all night. But it is truly one of those CDs that you just put in, push play, and let it go. Thank goodness CDs don't wear out, otherwise I'd be in trouble.
_Dianna Nadjkovic (Amazon)
(release)1995, Jazz FM Album of the Year, Billboard Jazz Chart Top 3
This is a beautiful, smart album. It's perfect background music for writing stories, painting, or anything else creative. I would highly recommend this album to anyone. This brilliant album bounces around from tracks that are so busy and intricate, filled with thought out, constantly changing rhythms (some are ear candy right away, some take a little time), to tracks that are dinner-music worthy jazzy pieces, that will just simply blow you away. I recommend listening to this album a few times with headphones.... it gave me a totally different listening experience. Every time I listen to this album I hear something new.
_O.J Dean (Amazon)
(release) 1996, Indochina 'Soundtrack of the 90's, and forever more for that matter.'
Instinct Records, NY.
(white label) 2009,
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