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Robby Krieger and The Soul Savages New Musical Odyssey

    Guitarist Robby Krieger, bassist Kevin Brandon, keyboardist Ed Roth, and drummer Franklin Vanderbilt.

    Robby Krieger, in collaboration with The Soul Savages, aptly embodies the essence of their name as they skillfully traverse a musical odyssey marked by entrancing grooves. Their distinctive sound effortlessly weaves soulful nuances into a rich fabric that encompasses jazz, funk, fusion, and the eclectic influences of psychedelic jam bands. Together, they craft an immersive musical narrative that transcends traditional genres, delivering a dynamic and diverse experience for avid listeners. The amalgamation of these diverse musical influences not only highlights the band’s remarkable versatility but also accentuates their prowess in creating a truly unique and compelling musical story.

    Like any instrumental album, maintaining a seamless flow and sustained momentum until the final note requires dedicated effort. The band, however, managed to accomplish this feat admirably by skillfully juxtaposing elements throughout the album. They kicked off with a robust and weighty funk opening, setting a sludgy, yet compelling tone. The deliberate tempo changes and a well-placed mid-shuffle break in ‘Blue Brandino’ provided a captivating contrast.

    Guitarist Robby Krieger, bassist Kevin Brandon, keyboardist Ed Roth, and drummer Franklin Vanderbilt.
    Guitarist Robby Krieger, bassist Kevin Brandon, keyboardist Ed Roth, and drummer Franklin Vanderbilt.

    Embarking on a journey of psychedelic rock soul alongside Robby Krieger is a cadre of accomplished composers, instrumentalists, and collaborative bandmates. Among the notable contributors is bassist-songwriter Kevin “Brandino” Brandon, a key collaborator on the Singularity album. Brandino boasts an impressive track record, having earned over half a dozen Grammy awards and three Emmy awards. His illustrious career includes collaborations with iconic figures such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and Beyonce.

    The rhythmic backbone of the group is provided by drummer-songwriter Franklin Vanderbilt, who infuses the band’s soul with a distinctive blend of fatback groove and jazzy nimbleness. Vanderbilt’s impressive credits include drumming for the legendary Chaka Khan, recording sessions with fusion jazz pioneer Stanley Clarke, and global touring engagements with the renowned Lenny Kravitz. The collective prowess of these musicians adds depth and dimension to Robby Krieger’s instrumental odyssey, promising a sonic adventure enriched by their individual contributions and collaborative synergy.

    “I want to keep evolving, and these guys really inspire me.”

    This adept maneuvering of musical dynamics created an engaging listening experience. The transition from the heavier funk vibes to the more up-tempo, angular, and jazzy atmosphere in ‘Math Problem‘ demonstrated the band’s versatility and ability to keep the audience on their toes. The deliberate interplay of musical elements not only showcased the band’s technical proficiency but also added a layer of complexity that contributed to the overall dynamism of the album.

    Adding a layer of richness to the ensemble is keyboardist-songwriter Ed Roth, a Grammy-nominated artist renowned for his versatility in jazz, rock, and pop. Roth’s extensive portfolio includes collaborations with luminaries such as Ringo Starr, Brothers Johnson, Coolio, Shuggie Otis, and Annie Lennox, showcasing his ability to navigate diverse musical landscapes with finesse.

    Track List

    1. “Shark Skin Suit”
    2. “Samosas & Kingfishers”
    3. “A Day in L.A.”
    4. “Killzoni”
    5. “Contrary Motion”
    6. “Never Say Never”
    7. “Bouncy Betty”
    8. “Ricochet Rabbit”
    9. “Blue Brandino”
    10. “Math Problem”

    Oh, you didn’t know: Krieger’s presence on The Smothers Brothers Show stands as a testament to his musical excellence, even when he bore a conspicuous black eye. Throughout the years, Krieger asserted that the bruise was the result of a clash with Jim Morrison. However, it is crucial to clarify that, although technically accurate, the implication was that the black eye originated from a one-on-one altercation between Krieger and Morrison.

    Tony M.