Jazz Group Disaster Relief Releases Their Second Album “Back Into It”

Jazz music first hit the scene in the late 19th century. It’s roots deeply stable in the blues and ragtime genres. Since the 1920’s the Jazz Age has been recognized as an important part of our music and history. Jazz workshops and clubs are a huge staple in Nashville.

Bourbon Street Blues would be a great venue to host Disaster Relief. Their second album called “Back Into It” is a collage of blues, jazz, and soulful jazz. Darrin James, producer, songwriter, and guitarist with the group decided it was time to take a new adventure and move away from blues and roots rock to develop a group of improvisational, funky instrumental projects.

Driven by sassy horns and upbeat Memphis soulful melodies, you’ll find tempting inspirational vibes and soulful grooves.

Back Into It” is filled with easy funky grooves and gets your heart pumping. It opens with a nice splash of bright and fresh horns, accompanied by an easy grooving guitar and I loved the whammy bar sound. Soul Train was one of my favorite shows on Saturday mornings and I could see these guys on there getting the audience in the groove. Fantastic!!

The groups goal is to bring a more positive and uplifting feel to the music scene and break away from the negative, down and depressing sounds of a troubled world. It’s time to get in the groove and dance with some positive moves.


This is old school jazz funk with a lot of bluesy riffs, long expanding jams and fun filled sanguine horns of plenty. Disaster Relief maybe exactly what their name implies, a huge relief for us from our burgeoning and every revolving list of daily disasters. ~Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, NOHOARTSDISTRICT.COM~

Beach Song” is awesome. I loved the happy intro and the smooth grooving percussion’s. I felt like I was on the beach sipping a cool tropical drink. This one made my hips move and heart feel easy. Love, love, love it!!!

Recently Disaster Relief collaborated with Detroit’s “Queen of Blues,” Thronetta Davis on a two song single that offers a funkier, bluesy and soulful sound. This latest release for Disaster Relief is definitely bringing back some hip moving, foot sliding, grooving movin sounds that are sure to keep you happy and the good vibes flowing.

Musicians performing on this album are:
Brennan Andes: Bass
Rob Avsharian: Drums
Dan Bennett: Alto and Bari Sax
Josef Deas: Organ, Electric Piano, Moog Synth
Tim Haldeman: Tenor Sax
Ross Huff: Trumpet
Darrin James: Guitar, Organ
Randall Moore: Percussion

What Day Is It?” brings so much to the ears. It opens with a slow, smooth, groove of romantic horns. I loved the easy flowing rhythm and the guitar brought the whole thing together with a hint of smooth, easy rock added to the essence of the song. Absolutely brilliant.

Darrin James is the producer of this album the group is similar to artists such as Budos Band, Antibalas, Galactic, the Meters. They place nicely in the genres of Jazz-Funk, Acid Jazz, World, Soul

Press Quotes:
“Greasy….open yet poignant funk jams…the band’s feel good ethos produces perfect party music.” Paul Naser, Allaboutjazz.com

“Delicious soul-funk, innovative and brisk, played with fervent passion and oodles of sonic heat.” Randall Radik, Blogcritics.com

Official Website: www.disasterreliefmusic.com
Facebook: facebook.com/disasterreliefmusic.com
Youtube Channel: youtube.com/darrinjamesband
Artist Contact Email: darrinjamesband@gmail.com

It is soul music at its heart – beautiful, earnest, gorgeously performed and poetically balanced. The day we can finally have people over and embrace each other again, this is the soundtrack that should be playing. I love, love, love this album. Boy, do we need this kind of uplifting love-filled music. ~Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros~

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Sherryl is a Senior Writer and Assistant Editor with Nashville Music Guide and her blog, Lyrics N Legends has been featured since 2012. Her articles has graced the cover and have appeared as feature stories in the NMG print edition. She is also a member of WMMW, Women of Music Music of Women, a non-profit organization in support of women in the music industry. WMMW also appears here in Nashville Music Guide.

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