Groove Legacy is a group of L.A. musicians who have banded together to make an album in the soul/jazz/funk vein that harkens back to the ’70s, but still sounds vibrant and current. It was all started by saxophonist Paul Cerra, keyboardist Bill Steinway, and bassist Travis Carlton. They’ve recruited some fine horn players and two guitarists that play wonderfully throughout – Kirk Fletcher and Sam Meek. Two famous guitar guests are also featured on separate cuts – Robben Ford and Travis’ dad, Larry.
A listen to the entire record will immediately bring to mind albums by the Crusaders. Sometimes it’s the subtle R&B of “Cornell,” featuring Larry Carlton, or the in-your-face funkiness of “Sweetness” with Fletcher’s melodic yet gritty solo.
Meek gets his chance to shine on the jazzy blues of “47 Degree Angle.” And guest Ford, as you’d expect, is tasty and full of surprise licks on the fusion of “The Know It All.”
A tip of the cap to Travis Carlton who holds down the bottom beautifully throughout – and then lays down solos on several songs that tear the roof off.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s June ’16 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.