Review by Francesca Londono &Staff
"New Amsterdam Groove" is a new groovy tune by Jerome Lee that takes you back to the 80s while keeping things fresh and exciting. This instrumental masterpiece kicks it off with an extravagant horn section but before that, the bass slides in to set the vibe. Different synthesizers come in, transporting you to an extra dimension. The percussion in "New Amsterdam Groove" is unique, offering up excellent Latin elements while complimenting the bassline perfectly. A killer guitar solo comes on playing some very detailed notes. Then the synthesizers have their time to shine. The different arpeggios and pads all coordinate so perfectly with their dreaminess. Then what sounds like a smooth guitar, with a lower and richer tone, takes a solo. It has such an exciting tone that, at first, I thought it was a synth bass, but it is actually the undeniably silky sounds of Jerome Lee on bass. Finally, the horn section joins in making an extravaganza for the ears.
From jazz to funk to bossa, "New Amsterdam Groove" also has experimental elements that give it a unique flavor. There is never a dull moment.
The piece ends with some gorgeous round atmospheric pads sustaining a lush chord that makes you feel like you are levitating. Overall this tune is one for the books. It's groovy; it's intricate; it's expressive. "New Amsterdam Groove" is a perfect song to listen to on a long night's walk.
About Jerome Lee
Jerome Lee is a music industry veteran with more than four decades of experience playing electric bass, singing, songwriting, recording, touring and teaching.
He has worked with a wide variety of artists that include Oscar winning musician and producer Niki Buzz, talented Japanese vibraphonist Oy Takahashi, modern jazz saxophonist Tom Borton, 80's funk rockers Urban Artillery, independent neo-soul artists TN'T, rockabilly guitar legend Jackie Lee Cochran, blues masters the King Brothers, early rock and soul pioneer Curtis Knight, Dutch singer/songwriter Sonny Griffin, and veteran rockers Howland Hyatt.
Jerome's passion for travel and love of music has taken him around the globe, performing and recording in cities as diverse as Amsterdam, Brussels, Cagliari, Casablanca, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Salzburg and Tokyo.
While living in the Netherlands, he recorded and released his own CD titled, "Life This Time", a refreshing mix of soul, jazz and R&B music which included a re-release of the CD in the U.S. in 2005. Since October 2015, Jerome has released new single songs to the public to include “The Suits”, “Song For My Family”, “October’s Groove”, “First Peace After The Rain”, and the 2021 release of "NewAmsterdam Groove". Jerome is a longtime BMI member.
For more background information, please go to https://www.jeromelee.net/