Soul’d Debuts High-Energy Sound with Self-Titled Single [Audio]
What do you call a song mixing funk with smooth jazz, while also turning traditional instrumentation on its ear?
Their vision has been to merge their diverse influences into a fresh and high-energy contemporary instrumental sound. Those mixes evolved into the just-released “Soul’d.”
Released by Narked Records on Friday, the single so clearly captured their hopes for the trio that Purisima suggested an eponymous debut.
“We were working on several tracks, but this one really stood out as a perfect example of where we want to go with our music,” Purisima said. “‘Soul’d’ captures what we are all about.
“So, I suggested we take the name for our new band, too. You’ve got to feel pretty strongly about a piece to let it stand for you and your band.”
Kulur, who performed extensively with the late Pandit Ravi Shankar and daughter Anoushka Shankar, coaxes a new sound out of his Indian classical flute, which takes the place of saxophone or trumpet leads normally heard in smooth jazz.
Another favourite of Shenoy’s, Grammy-nominated arranger Don Hart, teamed up with the trio, recording the live horn orchestration for “Soul’d” in Nashville.
Listening to final mixes inspired the stylistic term Bansuri funk, referring to the trio’s jazz-funk approach and the traditional Indian bamboo flute, the Bansuri.
“This new take on things was something I envisioned after working with Ravi on ‘Bliss,'” Shenoy said.
“I was instantly taken by the clarity of his playing style, and high-paced fingering techniques, for which he is quite well known by music-lovers and critics alike. I wondered how it would sound to explore all of that in a more East-meets-West jazz funk fusion, and so we went for it.”
Shenoy, Purisima and Kulur may ring a bell among world fusion fans,
The three artists collaborated on Shenoy’s “Bliss.”
While Purisima has worked with Shenoy before on the latter’s projects, Kulur and Shenoy met more recently when discovering they both hailed from the same district along India’s western coast.
“Soul’d” debuted on the most-added lists of of Billboard’s smooth jazz chart as tracked by Nielsen BDS.