Flashback to CTI Records 1970? No, it’s 2016 and The New Mastersounds recorded The Nashville Session live, direct to vinyl. The results are a spectacular collection of 11 tunes, 9 retakes of earlier material and 2 new ones (as far as I can tell) including this cut In the Middle. These guys play what I consider retro funk and each are amazing in their own rite. Eddie always is remarkable in his precision picking reminding me of George Benson or Wes Montgomery but on speed. Pete’s persistent bass is as hard driving as you’ll ever hear and links with both Eddie and Simon on skins. Simon’s deep pocket is rock solid, note for note and tight as a fist with Pete. And, Joe’s keys are always floating and bright with either a piano or heavy, funky organ smash. Make sure to catch them live at at Terminal West on December 15 where they will team with the Brookly funk powerhouse Turkuaz.