Groovexpress have hand-picked the perfect name for their band when you consider the good vibes their music is made up of. Fresh from the album Amsterdaam, Geraldine is a smooth and colourful journey through modern jazz – not as mellow as some jazz offerings tend to be, but actually a little uplifting and energizing; bringing a dash of pace and a clearly detectable musical story-line that’s a pleasure to stumble upon.
There’s an enjoyable structure to this release that leads you to view the band as composers in addition to being impressive musicians. Rather than simply roaming freely with their riffs and grooves, they’ve written the piece in a detailed and thoughtful manner – setting it up as you would any other song. The varying sections add a level of familiarity as the track pours through, and this gives it a definite sense of character that you don’t always pick up on in instrumental music. There are some notably distinctive melodies throughout that are easily recognisable once you’ve heard them.
From the perspective of purely a music fan, this is precisely the kind of skillful but smooth, organic good vibes you can turn up loud and trust in to make the evening feel a little more vibrant. There’s a shared energy about the style, not dwelling too much on its own genre, just keeping things upbeat and joyful so as to bring people together in a valuable way. As a single, there are – as stated – definite moments to look out for, almost like the standard verse-chorus formula you might find in mainstream music, but on the whole it’s not something to focus on too intently; the music is there for the taking, the perfect bit of hopeful escapism. As you do form more of a connection though – to the music and indeed the band – this is a sound you’re highly likely to remember and return to.