The New Mastersounds have been delighting audiences with their infectious brand of funky soul-jazz since they formed in Leeds, UK in 1999. For the first five years of the band’s career they were regulars at the Jazz Cafe, before they began to turn heads on the funk scene in the US, where guitarist/ producer/ bandleader Eddie Roberts now lives.
For over a decade they have been a staple act of the late-night scene during New Orleans’ annual Jazz Fest. Though they have collaborated over the years with such musical luminaries as Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Corinne Bailey Rae, Art Neville, Bernard Purdie and Lou Donaldson, they are at their best on stage as a tightly-packed quartet – bass, drums, guitar and Hammond organ – firing scorching funk grooves off each other and feeding off the energy of the grinning dancers in the front row.
Their twelfth studio album, Renewable Energy, recorded last year in New Orleans and Denver, was released on April 13th on One Note Records.