Tennerz: Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel feat. Chennez McKenzie – Groove On (Extended Raw Disco Version) (Imagenes Recordings)
Groove on… Hard to not think of you doin’ so whenever givin’ this jam a listen. Those of you already familiar with Los Charly’s Orchestra should know where I’m comin’ from when talkin’ about musicianship. Thus once again brilliantly showcasing their undeniable know how. And this, regardless the territories they might be exploring…
As a matter of fact, ‘Groove On’ sees their two masterminds takin’ the centerstage along with Chennez McKenzie. Eventually bringin’ us back to the souvenir of the early 80’s with groups like Chic or Delegation. Meanwhile jamming on this wrigglin’ rhythm guitar led funk joint with firing horn riffs over a rumblin’ bassline.
“Love on groove on, nothing can’t go wrong. Love on, groove on, lets’ just get some fun…” Pretty much what it says at the end. So why not do this?!?
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– London-based Venezuelan producers Juan Laya and Jorge Montiel formed Los Charly’s Orchestra (LCO) by the early mid-2000’s. They most likely created the sensation while blending the Boogie Disco sound of the 70’s with a serious Latin live perspective. Somehow reminding of Nuyorican Soul to a certain extend.
Among their regular members, one can find singers Andre Espeut and Elpidio Alegria. But also Brazilian bass players Matheus Nova and George Malamas. Not to mention Milt Mavrakakis (keyboards) Phil Stevenson (guitar) and Joe Thomas (piano). Meanwhile Tony Trobony and Paul Batik are responsible for the horns, along with John Desbrulais and Mike McKenzie on drums and Wilmer Sifontes on percussion.
Putting out their music on their own label (Imagenes Recordings), they released 2 albums to date. Building up their reputation on a bunch of timeless gems. From ‘Music For The Soul’ to their cover version of Johnny Colón‘s ‘Merecumbe’ and ‘Everlasting Love’. Not to mention ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Groove On’ although by the likes of LCO‘s heads Laya and Montiel. But also ‘All Around The World’. With the same applying to its remix courtesy of Opolopo. More recently teamin’ up with Omar to celebrate their 10th Birthday with ‘It’s So / History’ due for release on June 16, 2017. With the latter resurfacing in October that same year with remixing work courtesy of John Morales.
Meanwhile, the band has played in some of the key musical spots of the UK & the rest of the world such as Clore Ballroom (Royal Festival Hall), Lovebox Festival, Jazz Cafe, and Blue Marlin.