Several jazz artists—most notably Charlie Hunter, Steve Bernstein, John Scofield, and the trio of Medeski, Martin & Wood—have crossed over from the jazz world into the jam-band circu

Several jazz artists—most notably Charlie Hunter, Steve Bernstein, John Scofield, and the trio of Medeski, Martin & Wood—have crossed over from the jazz world into the jam-band circuit. With its latest self-titled live recording, Soulive, the organ-drums-guitar trio completes the reverse journey. Since the late-'90s, the group of drummer Alan Evans, his brother Neal on organ, and guitarist Eric Krasno has scorched the jam-band precincts with music that harks back to early-'70s soul and jazz-funk. Along the way—having recorded or played live with Scofield, Me'Shell Ndegéocello, and Fred Wesley, among others—Soulive has won the respect of jazzers and pop musicians alike. Here, sans guests, the members of Soulive stretch out in exuberant improvisations. While they can't quite escape comparisons to Medeski, Martin & Wood, tracks like "Dig It" and "Lenny" find the band establishing a distinctive voice.—MJ

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