Single of the Week: The Take Vibe E.P.
In a truly inspired move, musician Lawrence Mason blended two of his biggest influences, new wave stalwarts The Stranglers and jazz innovator Dave Brubeck. Handling both saxophone and piano duties, Mason deftly weaves together The Strangler’s well-loved 1981 single “Golden Brown” and Brubeck’s stone classic “Take Five,” finding common ground in each song’s unconventional meter (“Golden Brown” is a twisted 12/8 waltz, while “Take Five” swings in 5/4). Mason filters “Golden Brown’s” keyboard lead through “Take Five” and even quotes the saxophone solo at mid-point. Josh Cavanaugh-Brierley (bass) and John Settle (drums) round out the trio. Just delightful; a highly recommended tonic for these troubled times.
Originally recorded live and uploaded to YouTube, the song received a million plays before catching the attention of Jazz Room Records label owner Paul Murphy who asked outright, “Do you wanna record that and release it?” The result is this funky, jazzy, and utterly charming take. For good measure, the single is backed by a sparkling bass-led rendition of The Police’s “Walking on the Moon.”
Physical and digital copies of the vinyl single are now in stock and shipping via Take Vibe’s Bandcamp page.