With the release of “Oba”, BBE has uncovered and presents a rare gem. Production duo Dan Stillit and Oli Savill (collectively, Deep Tenor City) conceived of the Love & Courage Project way back, bringing together a wide group of the most accomplished (some Grammy-nominated) artists from the worlds of Jazz, Latin. Fusion, Funk and Afro-beat, from London, New York and Miami. The centrepiece “Oba” track, recorded in the winter months of 2003, is a complex and percussion-rich slice of glorious afro-cuban jazz fusion, is only now seeing the light of day, having this year been given serious underground airtime and club play.
The EP also features an infectious and distinctive and remix from the mighty Opolopo and a vocal-rich deep house remix from AriesAudio (Josh Emman). Again, both tracks have been had strong early reception in the underground scene.
Dan and Oli have cemented their longtime association in the form of Deep Tenor City, with initial backing from Shep Kennedy (Back2Back). Expect more from this duo. Oli has been an active percussionist on the London scene since 1992 and is well-known as the percussionist in the Basement Jaxx, as well as Dayme Arocena, Kaidi Tatham and many others. An original member and songwriter/arranger in Da Lata, he appears on an array of releases including the last two Bah Samba LP’s and the new Brownswood release from Dayme Arocena. He also produced the Dogbeats EP on Atlantic Jaxx.
The musicians behind the project are Sammy Figueroa – Congas, Oli Savill – Congas, Jose Claussell – Timbales, Robby Ameen – Drums, Graeme Flowers – Horn, Dele Sosimi – Keyboard, John Crawford – Keyboard, Femi Elias – Bass, and Ricoh Scott, Virginia Mclean, Ebony, Imani and Hannah, Sammy Figueroa, Oli Savill – Vocals.