Saturday, August 29, 2020

Dancing in the Sky


The Groove Project 

Volume 1: Flights of Fantasy

Prepare for take-off to destination GROOVE -- the latest from the global group The Groove Project, with guitarist and producer Arun Shenoy landing the newest smooth jazz music video “Beyond the Atmosphere” from the new album Volume 1: Flights of Fantasy.  The music is wheeling and soaring, an  airworthy cruise as a concept album exploring man’s fascination with flight. 

The Groove Project was formed in Los Angeles, California in 2016 as a 14-piece group by  Shenoy, who earned a Contemporary Instrumental GRAMMY® Award nomination for his debut album, Rumbadoodle. Soon after, the original lineup released A STAGEY BANK AFFAIR in the same year. The record was chosen as a top Album of the Year by Jazziz Magazine’s Critics Pick and dubbed “an explosive, exotic, jazz-funk-rock-barn burner” by noted American journalist and reviewer, Jonathan Widran. 

The lineup for the new album: Volume 1: Flights of Fantasy is fronted by Shenoy. The 3 principals along with saxophonist Marcus Mitchell and keyboardist David Joubert are collectively credited with songwriting. As part of their international lineup, the rhythm section is locked down by Glenn Welman from UK on the drums and Hector Ruano from Venezuela on bass. Guitarist Samituru from Norway brings his maverick guitar work to the music.  The vocalization by Park adds a unique signature sound to the high energy sound of the group’s music. Park also serves as the mix engineer for the group, while Shell was a primary songwriter for this album. Special guest Vahagn Stepanyan appears on two tracks playing piano.

Overall energetic and upbeat, a "flight of fancy" is defined in dictionaries as an imaginative but unrealistic idea. This music realistically brings the listener high into the air over the amazing landscapes of the earth, lusty and brilliant, richly melodious and memorable, full of passion and life. I am always happy to chill out on occasion and listen to this longtime musical love, smooth jazz that will consistently engage our grooving spirits while inspiring us to chill and reduce the stress in our lives.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth to ride the highway that is above the clouds, to know how the clouds feel. I highly recommend Volume 1: Flights of Fantasy.  Official artist website: 

1. Home In the Sky 4:25
2. Beyond the Atmosphere 4:24
3. Ocean of Air 4:31
4. Gravity (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan)  (6:49)
5. Shadows  (3:31)
6. To Be a Bird  (4:18)
7. Never Touch the Ground  (5:03)
8. Leap of Faith  (3:15)
9. Pilot  (4:19)
10. First Flight  (4:19)
11. Bird on a Wire (Song for Mo)  (4:59)
12. Dreams (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan)  (4:46)
13. Imagine (9:50)

Spotify album link:
Official artist website:

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