Compost label mogul Rainer Trüby formed Trüby Trio in 1997, along with Roland Appel and Christian Prommer, who also work together on the Fauna Flash and Voom projects. They became widely known for their Latin-influenced sound and were among the first to integrate bossa nova and flamenco into what is now known as "nu-jazz". Since their formation, the Trio have spread the gospel of Latin-based dancefloor jazz through remix projects with Frederic Galliano, Bobby Matos, and Nitin Sawhney, and stunning DJ sets at some of the best-known venues in the world. The Trio remain the on the forefront of the Latin nu-jazz sound with other major talent such as Nicola Conte, Tom and Joyce, and Da Lata.
"Elevator Music" is a stunning debut--stylish and sophisticated, yet accessible. Most of the up-tempo tunes draw heavily on deep percussive elements, making them dance-floor friendly for even the staunchest 4-to-da-floor crowd. The slower cuts are warm and easily embraced. Guest vocalists include Marcus Begg, Joseph Malik, Wunmi, Concha Buika and Marcia Montez. Marcus Begg (who also performs as Ne-Grove) is featured on "Universal Love", a throwback to the LTD classic "Love to the World", and "Lover Uncovered", adding a distinctly 1970s-esque feel to both songs. Compost label mate Joseph Malik, a Scottish-born vocalist whose debut album "Diverse" is also well worth checking out, croons on the sultry "Bad Luck". Also featured, is the African vocal stylings of Wunmi on "Runnin' " and "Make a Move", easily two of the best songs on the album. The super-hot "Jaleo" with Concha Buika via Madrid and Mallorca, is another top tune, beautifully arranged.
"Elevator Music" is a multi-tempo, multi-genre masterpiece; essential listening that will remain in my CD changer long after the summer sun has gone down.