First Listen: Jere B delivers funky jazz for our times

(November 30, 2019) The group SounDoctrine has always come at their music from a faith-based perspective. The band fuses jazz, funk, R&B and rock as they craft songs that speak to the presence of the divine hand that guides everything and gives their music its purpose.  Jere B, the SounDoctrine’s founder, calls their music Originalternativefunkjazzfusion. The eclecticism of their style has led some to joke that SounDoctrine’s music has the feel of Steely Dan crashing into George Duke on the way over to Bob James’ house while listening to the Yellow Jackets. Not too many gospel bands get described in that manner.

Jere B steps out on his debut solo project Fizh & Gritz. The record, which includes instrumentals, guest vocalists and dialogue, is probably his most directly Christian as it addresses a number of cultural and political issues from a decidedly spiritual perspective. It will be a conversation starter.

(November 30, 2019) The group SounDoctrine has always come at their music from a faith-based perspective. The band fuses jazz, funk, R&B and rock as they craft songs that speak to the presence of the divine hand that guides everything and gives their music its purpose.  Jere B, the SounDoctrine’s founder, calls their music Originalternativefunkjazzfusion. The eclecticism of their style has led some to joke that SounDoctrine’s music has the feel of Steely Dan crashing into George Duke on the way over to Bob James’ house while listening to the Yellow Jackets. Not too many gospel bands get described in that manner.

Jere B steps out on his debut solo project Fizh & Gritz. The record, which includes instrumentals, guest vocalists and dialogue, is probably his most directly Christian as it addresses a number of cultural and political issues from a decidedly spiritual perspective. It will be a conversation starter.

One of the tunes, “Obfuscating Euphemisms” deploys a Steely Dan staple of inserting a thought-provoking message into a musical arrangement that is upbeat and downright jaunty. The song’s title literally means unclear expressions, and explores how certain terms and expressions have inserted themselves in the national conversation and often get weaponized. What Jere B wants is for people to do is assess these words and make sure we make sure that the meaning they convey is what we intend to express. Check it out here.

By Howard Dukes

Jere B - "Obfuscating Euphamisms"

 
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