It’s Friday and it’s groovy. Klab Jazz has successfully launched its 7th edition of Groove Collective, a diversification of live jazz events made by this community which can also be mentioned as one of the spin offs. In this particular event, groove is being placed on top, enabling the non-jazz bands, both those who have contributed to Klab Jazz’s agenda and those who are looking for a chance to absorb the experience of playing live, to participate. While groove is right on the top of the surface, we can still enjoy a lot of jazz hallmarks. The outside notes, interesting improvisations, trading, solo runs, all were there blending in with the joy of groove that can always make us tap our feet.
So here’s our report from Plate For Me, one of the homegrounds of Klab Jazz since last year. What’s unique is that this show began even before it was officially started. It was due to the special performance of our newest discovery, a street musician/singer and parking man named Andrew.
We spotted him by chance, as luck would have it, when he was entertaining the consumers at a small restaurant in one corner of the street. His clear, crisp voice has strong character, backed by a nice funky guitar playing. He lives in struggle day by day, trying to fulfill his wife and twin babies’ needs by scratching dimes from the morning to late night hours, either by singing or as a parking attendant. After a little chat, we found out that he’s actually able to play other instruments too, including piano, bass and drums. He also has his original songs which we believe would become instant hits if launched to the market. Looking at his potential, we brought him to this event to taste the different atmosphere. He took the chance and sang several songs such as “Malam Biru”, “Tanpa Dirimu”, Cakra Khan, “Harus Terpisah” and his own songs by using both guitar and piano. With a little work he could find his way to the industry and have the best of it. Someone like him should not be wasted, that’s what we think!
Then we came to the official lineup, starting with Not for Sale. Not for Sale is not an usual name to use , but looking at the freedom of playing they inherited, we could understand where the name came from. Saxophonist Kenneth Timotius Djaja once again demonstrated his wild saxophone blowing like the way he did with his other band, Halfwhole Project.
The funky groove with soulful R&B came out from this first performers, starting with Far East Movement’s “Rocketeer” followed by their own song, “Hey”. Two songs were executed nicely, they covered one of Bob Marley’s classic “Waiting in Vain” with lovely groovy reggae outfit. The first song they wrote, “Crossing My Mind” became the fourth song with the nu-jazz broken beat.
Such an interesting opening, where Kenneth found his new home to run wild with his instrument. Great vocalist, great instrumentalists, great groove, this group has potential. We believe if they keep the pace, with everything they have inside they will achieve success.
The crowded group filled with 8 young players D’Voile got the next turn. The disco beat on “Sunshine” was really tasty, followed by their original “Prom Night”. The beat went on with “Livin’ It Up”, then, as Indonesians were just celebrated the Kartini’s day, they sang “Ibu Kita Kartini” in medley with “Marilah Kemari.” With it they ended the 2nd show.
Since they are still young, they still have more than enough time to grow. All of them possess good skills. They play neat as a unit and able to make songs. What they have to keep is the consistency of playing. Such community event like this would surely provide them the chance in getting more and more experience.
The next band was our own talent, Erick Gabe and Out of 7. This is combination of a soulful male singer with a band who made their first appearance outside the church. For Erick, sky is the limit when it’s about singing. He loves to explore wide melody terrains, flying in total freedom from the low notes all the way to reach the up high ones. Out of 7 plays week after week as worship band, this fact built strong chemistry between them. The name of the band clearly states their mission, to bring the best possible sounds out of seven notes.