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HB-1107 | 2021-03-26  
TUBA stands for "the underground bowling alley". The group made their debut on the 'acid jazz scene' where they performed for the first time at the first Liquid Sound Lounge party in 1993. A couple vinyl singles followed on the Vinylmania Jazz label out of the shop on Carmine Street, NYC. The shop just down the street from the Paradise Garage where all the heads would go when the club closed to find the latest hot records played by Levan. The spirit of "Plain Folks" encompasses that history with less predictable beats/programming and thought provoking lyrics sung by the one and only Alexis P. Suter ('Slam Me Baby', 'All Night Long' more). Four flavors to choose from all dripping with live jazz players on this incredibly moving and timeless slab of wax. The perfect marriage between live and programmed instrumentation. Vicki Bell and Ray Grappone's HipBone "mindmender mix" fuse dreamy chill jazzy key's and percussion with muted trumpet played by James Smith. Roy Davis Jr.'s "Soldiers of Universal Love" mix gives a dubby version fused with Darwin Jackson's jazz guitar work that all moves along to a steady 4 beat for those less experienced on the intricacies of dj'ing complex beats. And Filthy Rich gives us a full on house mix with lush strings and live saxaphone soloing by Jay Collins. Dennis Martin returns to HipBone with the "tuba main mix" opening with strings, vibes and melodic keys that takes you into broken beats where featured players Matt Cusick on guitar and Dave Mullins on sax (and I detect a clarinet in there too) play around. As the chorus rings "music will mend your'll fix you every time","Plain Folks" achieves 'modern day classic' status!

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