Albums

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)

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“Heya Some Kind Of Fish! We Don’t Know The Name Of This Fish In English, But In Latvian It Is Vimbas”

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)

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Released October 13, 2012
CRUISING IN THE TROLLEY – NOMINATED IN LATVIAN MUSIC AWARDS AS “BEST JAZZ ALBUM 2012”
Elvijs Grafcovs – guitar;
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)


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Released June 6, 2009
VERY COOL PEOPLE(self titled debut) – NOMINATED IN LATVIAN MUSIC AWARDS AS “BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM 2009” & “BEST DEBUT 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.

SINGLES FROM 2010​-​2017 (THESE TUNES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN ANY ALBUM)

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These are our singles which we have released from 2010-2016, these tunes are not included in any of our albums. Most of them featuring some great guest artists with whom we have played some nice gigs as well. Two of these singles – Hugo & Cool People’s House – came out with cool video animations made by latvian artists Liene & Maija Mackus(Hugo) and Liene Rubane(Cool People’s House). Click on each tune separately to see more info about it.
Released October 1, 2010-2016 (c)+(p) VERY COOL PEOPLE