Addison Groove Project

Wicked Live

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With a picture of five sleeping bodies arranged methodically in sleeping bags and liner notes excerpting a humorous tour journal, Addison Groove Project's Wicked Live documents a young, hungry band on the road. Both the music and the packaging capture the romance of travel, of being out in the wilds of America to play original live music. Addison Groove Project plays white-boy funk augmented by a streamlined two-sometimes-three-piece horn section comprised of alto saxophonist Dave Adams, tenor saxophonist Ben Groppe, and trumpeter Brendan McGinn, who also doubles on electric guitar. The music is admirably tight, if not particularly risky. Like a porno flick -- one of the sole homes for funk music during the long, dry spell of the '80s -- one can tune into Wicked Live at almost any given point and have his expectations filled: a danceable rhythm in four/four, a horn solo, grooving organ, and a tone that gets neither excited nor melancholic. The playing is sufficiently tight, if unexciting, like many of their jam band/fusion peers, including Boston's Uncle Sammy (with whom Addison Groove Project toured extensively in the months before this live disc was recorded) and New York City's Ulu.

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