Columbus smooth jazz trio Copacetic recently released its self-titled debut EP. Formed in 2016 and comprised of veteran musicians Ed Hill (saxophones), David Jordan (keyboards), and Derek Brown (guitars), Copacetic dubs its blend of Jazz, Gospel and Soul “music for the soul.” Featuring 6 original tunes composed and produced by the group, the EP was recorded and mixed in a handful of Columbus studios and mastered by Walter Bowie. The EP is now available for sale in CD format here and in digital format at CD Baby, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers. Keep reading for my thoughts on this very enjoyable release.
The EP covers a wide range of textures and moods in its relatively short running time. Opener “Joy” gets the proceedings off to an appropriately joyous start, with Hill establishes his skill with overdubbed harmonies on the melody and a mid-song change in the groove gives all of the instrumentalists time to shine. “It’s Good” hits a more sultry note with atmosphere to spare, but with a steady rhythmic current that keeps the song upbeat and lively. “Steady Motion” ups the romantic vibe with Hill riding a smoldering rhythm and Jordan adding a passionate solo on the keys before they trade lines for a climactic finale. “Secret Place” is slower and yearning, replete with whirling atmosphere, plenty of soulful saxophone from Hill and subdued passages from Brown and Jordan. The band sets a strong foundation of keyboards and guitars for a churning rhythm on “In The Morning,” and all three players contribute emotional lines that build to a triumphant chorus. EP closer “Run The Race” presents the group in a somewhat different light, as Jordan moves to an organ and the track has more of a live and driving bass and drum groove. The trio is up to the challenge, with cooking lines from Hill, Hammond soul from Jordan, and rocking licks from Brown adding up to a thrilling conclusion.
The Copacetic EP is a pleasing snapshot of an engaging new group that is recommended for soulful jazz lovers and would make a lovely holiday gift for the smooth jazz fan in your life. Visit the band’s website to sample album tracks and enjoy live footage of the trio tackling classic tunes: