Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Faces of Jazz: The Relatives - 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival

The Relatives were formed in 1970 by veteran Dallas gospel singer Rev. Gean West and his brother Tommie. Their sound bridges the gap between traditional gospel, soul, and psychedelia. They've always been known for their powerful original songs and searing stage show, and released three singles to limited success. They also recorded a session that was never released. 

The group disbanded in 1980, but that was not to be the end. In 2009 an anthology comprised of the three singles and the previously unreleased session was released under the title "Don’t Let Me Fall". The release of the anthology brought The Relatives back together as a band, planting the seeds for their 2013 Yep Roc release, The Electric Word, which was recorded and produced by Jim Eno of Spoon.

Clad in their matching electric blue suits, The Relatives held a sort of mini-revival on the main stage, then later on the Garden Stage, gaining a sizable new fan base.

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