Your Horizon Too

Under The Lake

Propelling powerfully into their second quarter century of hard-jamming live performances and recording, West Coast based phenoms Under The Lake – truly the freewheeling, adventurous West Coast equivalent to Spyro Gyra – infuse their high-octane latest album YOUR HORIZON TOO with a multitude of stylistic excursions built on its grooving Smooth Jazz foundation. Led by founder and keyboardist Jayson Tipp, the core trio adds crackling elements of funk, old school R&B, neo-soul, a true spirit of freewheeling jazz fusion and dashes of mystical cool to their relentlessly inventive mix. Although guitarist Patrick Yandall and saxophonist Quintin Gerard W are billed as featured guests, the two interact powerfully with the band while making the deepest emotional impact with their intense, heartfelt solos. - SmoothJazz.com

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Jazz, Groove & Attitude

Under The Lake

When keyboardist Jayson Tipp formed Under The Lake in the early 90s, the explosive dual horn (trombone and sax) R&B/contemporary jazz ensemble earned favorable comparisons to The Crusaders Spyro Gyra and Steely Dan. Outside commitments broke the band’s momentum several times, but in 2014, Tipp gathered the troops again and began putting together the perfectly titled JAZZ, GROOVE AND ATTITUDE, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of their first album. UTL, led by Tipp’s alternately intense and subtle Fender Rhodes and organ, has that Crusaders-esque retro soul-jazz undercurrent in full effect. Trombonist John Moak and tenor saxman David Evans blend seamlessly as they ease from laid back to burning funk grooves. The concoction that Under The Lake mixes up here is an inspired blend of JAZZ, GROOVE & ATTITUDE that goes down with a smooth sophistication! -Smoothjazz.com

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People Together

Under The Lake

Under the Lake (UTL) is definitely above the water with the release of "People Together". After releasing "Dive In" in 1993 and "Up for Air "in 1995 the band disappeared for awhile. This project really shows us what the jazz world has missed over the last 10 years. In 2005 they did a live performance in Seattle to give us a taste of what we were missing and what to hope for in the future. Now in 2007, they are back with an outstanding CD for our entertainment pleasure.

Note for yourself the range UTL presents on all 14 cuts. Each song provides you with a unique jazz experience! I find myself deep into to each one with awe and inspiration. If you love jazz you will enjoy the work on this project.

The group does an excellent job of featuring their own individual style and instruments in a collaborative fashion, from the funky bass and drums to the guitar grooves, melodic keyboards and sexy saxophone.

The band is made up of Jayson Tipp on Keyboards, Nathan Brown on Bass, Richard "Chef RnB" Sellers on Drums, David Harris on Guitar and "fnkysax", Quintin Gerard W on Saxophone & Flute. They truly are "People Together" who are now once again "Above the Water"~the JazzeOne

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Up For Air

Under The Lake

The genre needs all the new creative energies it can muster from ensembles like Under the Lake, which balances its smooth pop ideas with rougher edges bordering on rough fusion. The San Diego band's second release Up For Air has a rhythmic easiness to it that their more aggressive debut lacked, and this sort of subtlety goes a long way towards establishing a sound that's both radio friendly and artistically intriguing. The title summarizes the effect perfectly, as there is finally room to breathe in between the passages of intense virtuosity. And yet, even if the basic tunes are less complex, there are sections of cool gems like "Natalie" and "Las Reinas" where solo invention takes over for simply soulful grooves. Leading the charge is electric guitar fancyman David Harris, but Jayson Tipp, who doubles on keyboards and smoky jazz trumpet, achieves his share of the synergy. Guesting on sax and making for an agreeable counterpoint to the hairpin turns are Jeff Kashiwa and Hollis Gentry. - Jonathan Widran, Allmusic.com

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Dive In

Under The Lake

The release that started it all, contains 10 tracks featuring Pete Harrison on guitar, Bill Ray (Ike Turner, The Odd Get Even) on drums, Val Shaffer on bass, and Hollis Gentry (Fatburger, Larry Carlton) on sax with special guest John Bowman on soprano sax.​

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