When most people think of Nashville, they immediately think of the city as the spiritual and physical home of country music but it’s also the home of a burgeoning and very vital soul and funk scene. The folks at G.E.D. Soul Records have been instrumental in changing how the country and the world think about the city – in other words, not as a city known for one particular genre but a major music city.
The septet of the Coolin’ System formed back in 2008 over a mutual love and appreciation of forgotten funky, soulful jazz. In fact, the band’s name is inspired by the title of a Jack McDuff album, The Heatin’ System, which featured one of the first sons they learned for the project, a Pee Wee Ellis composition, “The Prophet."
Over the last few years, the Coolin’ System have opened for the renowned Dirty Dozen Brass Band and they have also been highlighted on BBC’s Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show and the House of Blues Radio Hour. Their sophomore effort Refrigerate After Opening is the third (of three) albums that were supported by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign.
"Jungle Juice” is the first single off the album and the composition reminds me a lot of Miles Davis’ “cool” period – in particular I think of Birth of the Cool, and my personal favorite, Kind of Blue. Although not overly funky, the composition manages to swing in a way that should be familiar if you know bop-era jazz.
The group name comes from the title of a Jack McDuff album, “The Heatin’ System” featuring one of the first tunes they learned for the project, a Pee Wee Ellis tune called ‘The Prophet.’ It was their way to pay respect to one of the giants of the genre and gave listeners a clue as to what kind of music they were about to witness. Fast forward to 2012 and the group has staged sold-out shows, released their first 7" single “The Prophet” b/w “Dracula,” opened for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and performed at the Head Jamz Music Festival in Adams, TN. They have also been highlighted on BBC’s Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show and the House of Blues Radio Hour. Their self-titled debut on G.E.D. Soul Records released in March 2011 is now available all over the world. Their second 45 (Vinyl, that is..) “I Need Some Money” b/w “To Be Named Later” was released in Nov. 2011 and is available for a limited