SNOWMAN’s EXPREESS (2018)
Released December 1, 2018
SNOWMAN’s EXPRESS – Kristīne Prauliņa, Ralfs Eilands & VERY COOL PEOPLE
1. Intro (Traditional, R.Eilands)
2. Wonderful Christmastime (P.McCartney)
3. Merry Christmas Baby (L.Baxter, J.Moore)
4. St.James (E.Grafcovs, R.Eilands)
5. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker (P. Tchaikovsky)
6. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (J.Lennon)
7. Call Me This Christmas (V.Sprūdžs, K.Prauliņa)
8. Silent Night (Traditional)
9. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (S.Cahn, J.Styne)
10. Jingle Bells (J.L. Pierpont)
11. Winter Wonderland (F.Bernard, R.B.Smith)
12. Auld Lang Syne (Traditional)
DIGITAL ALBUM on Bandcamp CONTAINS ONLY 7 TRACKS (due copyright laws)
On Spotify, Deezer, iTunes & PHYSICAL COPY(CD) OF THE ALBUM CONTAINS ALL 12 TRACKS
Ralfs Eilands – vocals; Kristīne Prauliņa – vocals; Oskars Ozoliņš – trumpet; Māris Jēkabsons – tenor sax; Laura Rozenberga – trombone; Kristaps Lubovs – baritone sax; Elvijs Grafcovs – guitar; Māris Vitkus – organ, keyboards & synth; Valters Sprūdžs – bass; Andris Buiķis – drums, percussions, glockenspiel.
All tunes produced by E.Grafcovs, V.Sprūdžs & R.Eilands. All tunes arranged by E.Grafcovs & M.Jēkabons, exept Call Me This Christmas arranged by V.Sprūdžs & M.Jēkabsons and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy arranged by M.Jēkabsons.
Recorded by Ivars Ozols, Gints Lundbergs & Pauls Davis Megi 2nd to 5th of July 2018 at Sound Division Studio, Riga, Latvia.
Additional vocal recordings by Edgars Skrāģis at Meduza/Jump Studio, Riga, Latvia
Mixed by Krišjānis Geidāns at Ansons Lab Studio, Riga, Latvia
Mastered by Jānis Kalve at Labo Ierakstu Studio, Riga, Latvia
Design & artwork by Mārtiņš Legzdiņš
Photos by Artūrs Kondrāts
VERY COOL PEOPLE – Heya Some Kind Of Fish! We Don’t Know The Name Of This Fish In English, But In Latvian It Is Vimbas (2017)
Released April 30, 2017
“Heya Some Kind Of Fish! We Don’t Know The Name Of This Fish In English, But In Latvian It Is Vimbas” – NOMINATED IN LATVIAN MUSIC AWARDS AS “BEST JAZZ & BLUES ALBUM 2018”
1. Camle’s Desert Party (E.Grafcovs) 2. Spiediens (E.Grafcovs, A.Buiķis) 3. Squash Express (E.Grafcovs) 4. Bouncy Balls (E.Grafcovs) 5. Cats don’t Speak (E.Grafcovs) 6. Piper (E.Grafcovs) 7. Conde de Pimientos (E.Grafcovs, A.Buiķis) 8. Bug Race (E.Grafcovs) 9. Hugo (E.Grafcovs)
All tunes produced by E.Grafcovs, coproduced by V.Sprūdžs. All tunes arranged by Very Cool People. All horn aragments by E.Grafcovs & M. Jēkabons, exept tune 2. & 7. by E.Grafcovs, M. Jēkabons, A.Buiķis.creditsreleases April 30, 2017
Oskars Ozoliņš – trumpet; Māris Jēkabsons – tenor sax; Laura Rozenberga – trombone. Kristaps Lubovs – baritone sax; Elvijs Grafcovs – guitar; Māris Vitkus – organ, keyboards & synth. Valters Sprūdžs – bass; Andris Buiķis- drums.
Recorded by Ivars Ozols 25th to 27th of July & 23rd to 25th of October 2016th at Sound Division Studio, Riga, Latvia. Mixed by Jon Evans at Brick Hill Studio, Orleans, MA, USA Mastered by Don Grossinger at Don Grossinger Mastering, New York, NY, USA.tags
VERY COOL PEOPLE – FUNKOLOGY (2015)
1. Give Up The funk (B.Collins, G.Clinton, J.Brailey)
2. Hit it & Quit (B.Worrell, B.Nelson, J. Jones, G.Clinton)
3. You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks (B.Worrell, B.Nelson, C. Haskins, G.Clinton, W.Nelson, G.Shider)
4. Superstition (S.Wonder)
5. For Your Love (S.Wonder)
6. Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours (L.Garrett, L.M. Hardaway, S.Wonder, S.Wright)
7. Keep on Marching (A.Neville, G.Porter Jr., L.Nocentelli, Z.Modeliste)
8. Just Kissed my baby (A.Neville, G.Porter Jr., L.Nocentelli, Z.Modeliste)
9. What is hip? (E.Castillo, D.Garibaldi, S.Kupka)
10. Superfly (C. Mayfield)
11. Keep On Pushing (C. Mayfield)
12. Mighty Mighty (Spade and Whitey) (C. Mayfield)
13. Get offa that thing (J.Brown)
14. Too Funky in here (J.Brown)
15. It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World (J.Brown)
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Released September 29, 2015
FUNKOLOGY – NOMINATED IN LATVIAN MUSIC AWARDS AS “BEST JAZZ & BLUES ALBUM 2015”
The album includes 15 tracks, which once were written by funk music legends as “Parliament/Funkadelic”, Stevie Wonder, “The Meters”, “Tower of Power”, Curtis Mayfield and James Brown
Elvijs Grafcovs – guitar;
Māris Jēkabsons – tenor sax;
Māris Vitkus – organ, keyboards & synth.
Ritvars Garoza – organ, keyboards & synth.
Valters Sprūdžs – bass;
Andris Buiķis- drums.
Kristaps Lubovs – baritone sax;
Oskars Ozoliņš – trumpet;
Laura Rozenberga – trombone
Incredible guest artists:
Evilena Protektore – vocal (track 1,2,3); Dinara Rudan – vocal (track 4,5,6); Oskars Stolse-Semerovs – vocal & mouth harmonica (track 4,5,6); Kristīne Prauliņa – vocal (Track 7,8); Jānis Stībelis – vocal (track 9); Aija Vītoliņa – vocal (track 10,11,12) Ralfs Eilands – vocal (track 13,14,15).
Recorded by Einārs Cintiņš, Mārtiņš Porters, Irita Skurule at Riga TV24, Riga, Latvia. 30th of April 2015 – International Jazz Day Latvia.
Mixed by Edgars Skrāģis at Meduza sound/Jump studio, Riga, Latvia
Mastered by Alan Silverman at ARF Mastering, New York, NY, USA
Design & artwork by Anna Skane
VERY COOL PEOPLE – CRUISING IN THE TROLLEY (2012)
Toms Rudzinskis – sax;
Māris Vitkus – organ, keyboards;
Valters Sprūdžs – bass;
Kaspars Grigalis – drums.Horns on Wet Willy & Three Virtues:
Māris Jēkabsons – tenor sax;
Oskars Ozoliņš – trumpet;
Nauris Strežs – trombone.All tunes written & produced by Elvijs Grafcovs, Co-produced by Valters Sprūdžs.
Horn arrangments on Wet Willy & Three Virtues by Ritvars Garoza.
Recorded 18th-20th of April 2012 at Sound Division Studios by Gatis Zaķis.
Mixed & Mastered at Labo Ierakstu Studija by Jānis Kalve.
Artwork & design by Dārta Hofmane.
VERY COOL PEOPLE – VERY COOL PEOPLE (2009)
Very Cool People: Elvijs Grafcovs (guitar), Toms Poišs (bass), Toms Rudzinskis (sax – 2, 5, 9), Artis Ločmelis (sax – 3, 4, 6-10), Māris Vitkus (keys, synth – 2-4, 6-10), Jānis Jaunalksnis (drums, percussions – 2-4, 6-10), Artūrs Reirs (drums, percussions – 3, 5, 7, 10).
Guests: Kaspars Ansons (samples, noise, effects – 1, 8), Ozols (rhymes – 4, 8), Ervīns Ramiņš (vocals – 8), Nātre (rhymes – 4), Madman (rhymes – 1).
(c)+(p) 2009 Elvijs Grafcovs; Produced by: Elvijs Grafcovs. Composed by Elvijs Grafcovs, except Track 4 – Elvijs Grafcovs, Ozols, Nātre; Track 7 – Modeliste, Neville, Nocentelli, Porter; Track 8 – Elvijs Grafcovs, Ozols, Ervīns Ramiņš. All tunes recorded by Mārtiņš Burkevics at MB Studio, except Track 7 – recorded live at City Jazz Club, 30 April 2009, by Edijs Veips; Track 1 – recorded by Kaspars Ansons at KA Studio. Mixed and mastered by Jānis Kalve at Basic Instinct. Art direction and design: Gatis Pakalns.
Ten tracks are included in VCPs debut album, most of which are instrumental tunes including two singles: Sexual Beats & Two Sins.
Album starts with the bands intro tune, with which guys have started most of their shows, while they are getting up on the stage, so it has become a tradition. In this tune VCP is featuring MC Madman & Kaspar Ansons on noise & samples.
At the time the album was being recorded guys, in live shows, were often giging with two drummers at the same time, so the band wanted to include that particular sound in the album too. To record “Pickin’ Green” & “F.U.N. they set up two drum sets in the studio and grab the tunes.
In the debut album there is also “Pa Vidu” were VCP features MCs Ozols & Natre. Meanwhile guys were performing live shows together with hip-hop artists, as its proof that tune has therefore being included too. Continuing with their collaboration with MC Ozols you can also find “Paul Walker” a song for which rock singer Ervīs Ramiņš and Kapars Ansons with effects & samples are joining the gang.
There is also one tune recorded live: “Cissy Strut”, which is the only non-original in the album & its as sign of respect to funk legend Meters. In this composition you can hear two VCP drummers playing together as well.