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Family Groove


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  • Personnel: Aaron Neville (vocals); Steve Miller, Daryl Johnson (vocals, guitar); Jason Neville (rap); "Deacon" John Moore, Eric Struthers (guitars); Charles Neville (saxophone); Art Neville (keyboards, vocals); Hawk Wolinski (keyboards, guitar, drums, programming); Tony Hall (bass); Cyril Neville, Sr. (percussion).
  • Deff Generation Horns: Greg Tardy (tenor saxophone), Mervin Campbell, Curtis Watson (trumpet), Emmanuel Stieb (trombone), Ricky Caesar (tuba).
  • Producers: Neville Brothers, Hawk Wolinski, David Leonard.
  • Recorded at The New Orleans Recording Company, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Personnel: Steve Miller (vocals, guitar); Art Neville (vocals, keyboards); Cyril Neville (vocals, percussion); Aaron Neville (vocals); Jason Neville (rap vocals); David "Hawk" Wolinski (guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, drums); John Moore , Eric Struthers (guitar); Charles Neville (saxophone); Greg Tardy (tenor saxophone); Mervin Campbell, Rev. Curtis Watson (trumpet); Emanuel Steib (trombone); Ricky Caesar (tuba); Deff Generation (horns); Tony Hall (bass guitar); William Green (drums); Darryl Johnson (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: David Leonard .
  • Recording information: The New Orleans Recording Company, New Orleans, LA.
  • Directors: Arnie Pustilnik; Laura Fraenza; Mick Brigden; Kevin Burns.
  • Photographer: Guzman/Rotterdam Conservatory Orquesta Tipica.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Guy Gelso; Eric Kolb.
  • Arranger: David "Hawk" Wolinski.
  • New Orleans' favorite sons, the Neville Brothers, pool their talents again on this CD. Family Groove is a clever reference not only to the musical abilities of the four brothers, but to the shared interests and concerns of the brothers and their families. All the usual Neville elements are here: Charles Neville on the saxophone, Cyril Neville on the drums, Art Neville on piano, and the inimitable voice of Aaron Neville. Their message is the Neville gospel of social and political justice, as well as the importance of love and family. Hence, the family groove. In "Line of Fire," brother Art Neville speaks to the growing problem of drugs and guns claiming the lives of many young black men in the cities. Aaron's son, Jason Neville, makes an appearance with a rap tune lamenting the tragic plight of the homeless in the richest country in the world and the complacent America that looks the other way. The one-world outlook of the Nevilles is exemplified on the beautiful harmonies of "Let My People Go," as well as in their closing number, a traditional "Maori Chant." They sing their recognition that people all over the world want the same thing: freedom, peace, and love. This is vintage Neville Brothers philosophy delivered as always with the funky beat and unique Neville sound that has captivated fans all over the world. ~ Rose of Sharon Witmer
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (7/9/92, p.102) - 3 Stars - Good - "...an unabashed attempt to to consolidate commercial gains made by the Nevilles during the past few years by hitting the rhythm hard and getting across old home truths that need to be heard..."

Entertainment Weekly (5/8/92, p.54) - "...this one comes closest to capturing the joyous buoyancy of their live performances...soaring over the polyrhythms are the incomparable Neville voices..." - Rating: A-

Q (6/92, p.103) - 3 Stars - Good - "...The all-encompassing, multi-rhythmic music is as inviting as ever..."
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