JAZZ FUSION WITH AN EDGE! One of the things we love about Thursday Night Open Mic Jams at The Velvet Note is that talented musicians from all over get together to play, and after the jam, there are extensive late-night sessions about music. Thanks to last week’s 2am talk with Berkelee-trained, film composer and jazz pianist Alex Williams (we love this guy!), we have discovered SOIL & PIMP. This talented group of young jazz musicians from Japan lay it down HARD!!!! The horns are prolific, the vibe is benevolent, and this is definitely jazz music you can dance/work out to. Download their CD “Mechanical Soil” and you’ll be glad you did. I’m not a huge fan of the first track, but the rest of the compilation is stellar. Enjoy, and have a great week!