Do you like Soulive better as a trio or quartet, their earlier writing style or Blue Note stuff?
I’m glad you asked that, because I have a theory. It wasn’t until after the Soulive Revue that the confused purist fans (via the internet) started screaming, “What happened to the trio? I’m confused! I miss the suits! What’s all this urban influence?” I’d be willing to bet that if there was no Soulive Revue, the quartet versus trio issue would not exist, because who’s more burnin’ than Sam? Fans just got nervous; they weren’t ready for the flying circus. Personally, as a Soulive fan, I feel that they have paid their dues and proven themselves through countless stellar performances. They’re not wind up toys here for us to command. Any artist that influences the guys enough to co-sign is worthy of a fair listen. All artists should feel free to grow at their leisure; otherwise, it’s not a band you’re getting, it’s a business strategy. I don’t prefer one incarnation of Soulive over another, I’ve enjoyed the trio, the quartet and the revue – they all offer supreme musicianship. I say switch