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  • Jonathan Widran


Spontaneous Groovin’ Combustion’s explosive emergence onto the urban jazz scene these past few years with its dynamic of funky, high-spirited and instantly infectious soul-jazz singles is vibrant musical proof that everything happens at the right time.

In decades past, its visionary founder, multi-talented composer, producer, flutist, saxophonist Warren A. Keller, enjoyed bits and pieces of success playing country in Nashville and being an NYC rock n roller, but those stints just paved the way for the blast he’s having now, leading a collective whose moniker is a spot on reflection of the joyful exuberance, eclectic grooves, colorful melodies, fanciful harmonies and snazzy old school cool that Spontaneous Groovin’ Combustion brings to its highly anticipated self-titled debut.

Though led by Keller and featuring his punchy sax and whimsical flute throughout, the group puts a contemporary spin on the freewheeling vibe of influential jazz/R&B-fusion bands like Jeff Lorber Fusion with snazzy horn sections and frequent solo spotlights on electric guitar and Fender Rhodes. Not surprisingly, Lorber himself is part of the all-star unit Keller assembled for some of these tracks, along with other renowned contemporary jazz greats Alex Al, “Ready” Freddie Washington, Dwight Sills and Michael White.

Keller and Co. laid the foundation for this breakthrough 11 track collection with a flurry of popular radio singles (“Kickin’ It,” “Spy vs. Spy,” “Jackie’s New Car,” “Double Deuces”) that whet our whistles for the deeper artistry and magic of the set.

Fans of these tracks will surely groove on and delight in every intricate nuance and freewheeling burst of emotion as Spontaneous Groovin’ Combustion builds on these gems to fashion what is truly a masterpiece of urban jazz fusion.

Listen to Spontaneous Groovin' Combustion here:


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