J-Sonics at Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2017
"My second favourite band in the festival. Led by bassist Mike Flynn, the J-Sonics served up a feast of Latin funk that the crowd just loved. Every member of this band was remarkable. Chris Caulfield, sporting some great face paint, tore it up on trumpet, Gabor Dornyei laid down some brilliant rhythms, Clement Regert was utterly brilliant on guitar and Grace Rodson provided superlative vocals. Matt Telfer sizzled on sax and Jon Newey (percussion) interplayed beautifully with Dornyei’s drums. The audience were in a party mood and the J-Sonics raised their game. It was a spectacularly good performance. One of the best over the entire weekend and to my mind only equaled
by Miles Mosley." John Morrow - The Riff Magazine
“Deep, eclectic grooves! Flynn's bass tone is killer!"
Bill Laurance, Snarky Puppy
Different Orbits ★★★★
Jane Cornwell, Evening Standard
A tasty groove-driven debut from Latin jazz-funk outfit J-Sonics, who in two short years have garnered a buzz as one of the hottest acts on the London scene. Recorded over a single weekend, a mix of Brazilian jazz classics and Latin-leaning originals bottle the band’s live dynamism, with horns, guitars and a powerhouse rhythm section defying you not to get down. Classically-trained guest vocalist Grace Rodson brings airy, multi-lingual sophistication to tracks including Samba House, a co-write with bass player and band leader Mike Flynn. Closing track J-Sonics Theme, penned by guitarist about town Clement Regert, is a riot of velvety funk, wah-wah psychedelia; throughout solos are tight and punchy. A party album with as much muscle as style.
Different Orbits ★★★★
Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
This debut album from London-based latin-jazzers, J-Sonics is packed with supremely tight grooves, ear-catching arrangements and an unashamedly feelgood spirit. From the repertoire of the great Brazilian trio, Azymuth, ‘Partido Alto’ is the first of a pleasingly varied trio of songs from powerhouse Spanish-born guest vocalist Grace Rodson, with the singer effortlessly negotiating its tricky melodic leaps. There’s a fine, coruscating soprano solo from Telfer here, too. Rodson also delivers a sparkling interpretation of the João Donato/ Gilberto Gil song ‘Bananeira’ and demonstrates an impressive timbral richness in the newly composed single, ‘Samba House’. One of many tunes penned by the Rio-born composer, singer and instrumentalist Edu Lobo, ‘Casa Forte’ is nicely set up by Regert and Newey’s pulsing guitar and percussion work, while the sextet really seems to revel in the groove of ‘Mr Clean’ from Weldon Irvine’s 1972 album Liberated Brother.
“Their versions of these songs had more sly hooks than an angling championship, but so much more action. Blending [their influences] is rarely done with such skill, at the level of either performance or composition, and the result, a series of irresistibly adrenaline-packed, hard-grooved tunes, makes them an unbeatable live gig.”
The Arts Desk ★★★★
“The anatomy of the groove is still very much intact with J-Sonics. Their brand of rocket fuelled groove jazz has the after burners full on. It's clear to see these guys have a great empathy and enjoy their craft, breaking sweat with broad smiles. It's great to see. Respect to the groove merchants, here to take back jazz from the shoe gazers.” –Chris Philips Jazz FM
"These guys are truly on a mission to bring raw, razor-edged funk to British audiences." – Young & Serious