It's a sound Jayson refers to as "jazz, groove and attitude" based on a review by Joe Dilorio. The current line up features David Evans sax and John Moak on trombone. Along with the steady grooves punched out by Brian Foxworth on drums and Kenny Franklin on bass, the two horn line-up and Tipp's original compositions keep the soul jazz sound of The Crusaders alive.
Return to Forever-like Fusion
- Jonathan Widran, Jazziz
Jazz with a little groove and attitude
The genre needs all the new creative energies it can muster from ensembles like Under the Lake, which balances its smooth pop ideas with rougher edges bordering on fusion.
- Jonathan Widran, Allmusic.com
Keyboard player Jayson Tipp founded Under The Lake nearly 25 years ago...
"Effervescent, vivacious and all-together engaging" is how smoothjazz.com describes Under The Lake's music, an original sound that Don Dilorio of the North Jersey Herald and News says "doesn't sit easy in any category, thanks to its heavy doses of funkified bass and occasional soul references."
The next best thing since Spyro Gyra
For various personal reasons the band member took a hiatus, but they have returned with the 2007 release of People Together, a CD that will impress you as you listen to the high caliber of musicians who comprise Under The Lake.
2018 marks Under The Lake's 25th Anniversary. Over the past 25 years UTL has garnered many notable accomplishments including: nominations for Best Pop-Jazz Album and Best Pop-Jazz Group in the 1994 San Diego Music Awards; “Up For Air” was listed by WBJB (NY/NJ) as one of the top 10 releases for 1996; Black Entertainment Television's BET on Jazz included the song “The Slider” on their Jazz Discoveries CD released and distributed by BMG Direct (1997); Radio and syndicated broadcast of songs from both CDs nationally and internationally; 1994 release “Dive In” was listed as Chartbound for 5 weeks on Gavin's NAC tracking. Under The Lake's last release "People Together" (2007) was on the Smooth Jazz Indie Radio Chart for 11 weeks and received radio airplay throughout the country. Under The Lake recordings continue to be heard streaming on Spotify, GooglePlay, and iTunes. You can also hear tracks on the DMX and Muzak music services.
Under The Lake's list of credits include three internationally distributed releases and live performances with a "who's who" list of jazz artists such as Joe Sample, Billy Cobham, Keiko Matsui, Stanley Jordan, and others. Under The Lake have received immense critical praise in local, regional, national, and international publications including JazzTimes, Jazziz, France's Jazz Hot, Canada's Exclaim, Germany's Cascade, as well as The New York Daily News, UTNE Reader, and The Music Paper. UTL received a four star rating for UTL's 1996 release "Up For Air" from the All Music Guide and in 2007 they had a Top 50 charting release "People Together".
A fresh and talented group of musicians.
delivering catchy, upbeat and sultry sounds. A breath of fresh air on the contemporary scene.
- Michelle Abrams, cjazz.com
Upbeat, Joyful Melodies
Here's another entry into the "cool jazz" category though it doesn't sit easy in any category, thanks to its heavy doses of funkified bass and occasional soul references.
- Don Dilorio, North Jersey Herald and News
Marrying jazz and funk in that dancing, jubilant manner often associated with the hard-driving, bottom-heavy persona of that musical hybrid
At its base are the class and sophistication of traditional jazz, the sassiness of that grit we know as funk, and the tender seasoning of good ol’ soul music – all cast in a hue that is undeniably hot and smooth all at once.