The band's new drummer, Victor Baker, who recently distinguished himself by winning the national Guitar Center drum-off, brings new muscularity and energy to the outfit. From the here-and-now beats and mercenary lyrics of "I Was Meant to Be Rich," ("Money, it's all about the money/Money, I was meant to be rich") to the very solid old-school jazz drumming on "This and That," Liquid Soul proves itself capable of shifting groove gears at the drop of a reed.
Liquid Soul, which appears Friday, January 17, at the Bluebird Theater, is known for deftly tackling a wide range of material, from avant-garde compositions by Ornette Coleman to gutbucket blues, breakbeats, mad samples and free-form, brass-driven fusion. Imagine, if you can, Tower of Power's horn section gigging with Parliament in Miles Davis's living room. It's like liquid butter -- er, make that soul.