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Electronica Group Chill Factor-5 Returns With The Venus Effect
The Venus Effect is the name of the new record by electronica/ambient group, Chill Factor-5. The project is the brainchild of Maurice Oliver, a Harlem-born producer who has expertly blended elements of electronica, jazz, funk, fusion, and world beats into an Afro-centric mix of chilled downtempo. Chill Factor-5’s previous album, Sun Flower Jazz was even nominated for a Grammy® in the Electronic/Dance category. The new record promises to take the experimental ambition and musicianship to the next level, offering a feast of ambient tracks to chill out with.
The title track is a long, smooth journey through quasi-ambient melodies with light Afro-rhythmic percussion nicely balancing the synth drone. The rest of the record pulls together the disparate musical influences that Oliver picked up during his residency in Amsterdam and other travels. It’s a pastiche of styles and eras strung across a genre that begs for innovation. Chill Factor-5 delivers on much of that promise, and it’s not too out of left field to say that Chill Factor may garner another Grammy® award in 2009.
Maurice Oliver honed his musical talent at The Julliard School of Music In Manhattan. He studied orchestral percussion, majoring in tympani. He also worked with pioneers in the electronic music field. His commitment to collaboration is illustrated by the additional talent on The Venus Effect. Oliver is joined on this album by multi-instrumentalist Vinnie Zummo and vocalist Janice Zummo. The Zummos credits include work for TV shows, commercial, radio spots, and other artists including Paul Carrack and Roger Daltry.
Maurice Oliver/Chill Factor-5
As the lines between electronica, soul, jazz and funk become increasingly blurred, a new generation of recording artist is emerging. Neither exclusively organic nor exclusively electronic, these artists are redefining the parameters of modern music. Maurice Oliver finds himself at the helm of this burgeoning movement, oozing with texture, crafting a unique aesthetic out of experimentation with both live and acoustic elements. Maurice’s hybrid sound spans across genres, encompassing elements of electronica, downtempo, jazz, funk and soul. The result is a stunning selection of blissed-out, harmonious tracks that appeal to fans across the board. This unconventional approach to music making is what sets Maurice Oliver apart. Crisp, warm and highly original, each track brings a breath of fresh air.
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CHILL FACTOR- 5
One of the most exciting nu music ensembles of the decade… bridging the gap between live instrumentation and modern electronica which involves real, improvised jazz solos and rich, sophisticated textures with urban and world influences. Electronfarm Records and Chill Factor-5 were born as the new concept going forward.
SUN FLOWER JAZZ continues the search into new realms of nujazz ethnotrance and ambient grooves. According to Maurice, “we use Spiritual as our guide and traditional ethnic music as our base.”
Maurice implements a well-crafted assortment of styles on SUN FLOWER JAZZ… deep, stimulating and relaxing is what you’ll take away from this brilliant audio excursion. Chill Factor-5 is on the precipice of the Nu Music movement and in fact, leading the way in organic, spiritual renderings of what we like to think of as higher-consciousness music composition.We recommend purchasing the ENTIRE album as it is truly a journey from start to finish offering a similar experience to Buddha-Bar and Café Del Mar compilations. You won’t be disappointed!
~SANDY SHORE Smoothjazz.com, smoothlounge.com
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HI MISTER MAURICE, NICE TO MEET YOU. IN BRAZIL WE LOVE ALL FREEDOM MUSIC, ALL JAZZ STYLES. BUT, IN SOUTH AMERICA IS NOT LIKE USA JAZZ FM STATIONS...24 HOURS BEAT JAZZ...NO, IN BRAZIL ONLY WEEKLY JAZZ RADIO SHOW. I SAY THAT BECAUSE I HAVE JUST TWO HOURS WEEK TO INTRODUCE SMOOTH, FUSION, COOL, LATIN...EVERY MONDAY TO 21.00 AT WWW.RADIOLESTE345FM.COM.BR THIS SITE IS UNDER RE-PAGE RIGHT NOW. MAURICE, I LEAVE THIS MESSAGE FOR YOU IN HOPE GET CD-PROMOTE TO PLAY AT MY BRAZILIAN JAZZ RADIO SHOW. MY FIRST DESIRE IS TRY DIVULGE IN BRAZIL MORE GROOVE MUSIC. THINK ABOUT. EDSON. REGARDS.
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
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