Contemporary jazz collective Under The Lake is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Jayson Tipp. Back in the recording studio after a hiatus of ten years, their brand new release is ‘People Together’ and follows the 1993 debut album ‘Dive In’ and ‘Up For Air’ from 1996. An amalgam of upbeat, joyful melodies and grooving hooks ‘People Together’ was motivated by the enthusiastic reception the band received at the Columbia City Theater, Seattle in 2005 when they played their first live date in 8 years.
The line-up, led by Tipp on keyboards, is steeped in experience. Richard Sellers is on drums, Bassist Nathan Brown has played with Bob James and Alexander Sonjic, David Harris on guitar has credits for his work with Greg Karukas and last but not least comes sax man Quintin Gerard W. Smooth Jazz Therapy referred to Gerard W’s debut CD, the outstanding 2005 ‘Fnkysax’, as having an urban slant of which Boney James would be proud and a sensuality that makes more than a nod in the direction of Kenny G. Gerard W’s ‘Perseverance’ followed a year later and the killer cut from it, ‘Everyday Routine’ was described in these pages as being an infectious piece of funky jazz, stunning both in its production and delivery, that drips with an edgy urban vibe.