This week’s track is The Dream by Groove 8, off of Debut. Grove 8 is a little jazz/funk/fusion outfit I first heard at the 2009 Fillmore Jazz Festival playing on one of the side streets, off of the main area. Out of North Carolina, I’ve only heard them that one time. Their debut album, named Debut, contains only one vocalized track which is this week’s track.
This song is perhaps the most accessible. While not overly jazzy nor overly funky it’s very laid back and, well, easy to listen to. It doesn’t reach too far but hits a sweet spot for vocalized jazz, with the vocals adding a nice lyrical layer and the funk instrumentation still getting a chance to be funky.