Resolution 88 was started in 2012 as an original funk jazz project. Tom O’Grady, the keyboard player and MD, was inspired by Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters and more recent ground-breaking artists such as Kaidi Tatham. Resolution 88’s music is based around the sound of the Fender Rhodes piano, complex changes and heavily syncopated funk / broken beats.
Resolution 88 has already achieved a number of significant milestones:
All their studio releases have been mastered by Bob Power in New York (he has worked on some of the most influential R’n’B / hip hop recordings of the 20th and 21st centuries, with D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Common etc). All their music has also been mixed by Dan ‘JD73’ Goldman, one of the most talented engineers and most respected keyboard players in the UK.
They have sold out some of the most prestigious venues in London, UK (on a double bill with Kaidi Tatham for the main show at Ronnie Scott’s and as sole headliners at Pizza Express in Soho).
They have headlined at the inaugural Cambridge Jazz Festival along with special guest Dennis Rollins on trombone and they have also put on their own gig with special guest Soweto Kinch guesting as MC and on alto saxophone.
They have performed at London Jazz Festival.
They have already released an album, an EP and a limited edition vinyl 12” 45rpm single featuring Kaidi Tatham’s remix of their track ‘Broken Beat’ (which was inspired by Kaidi in the first place). All three releases have received international radio play, most notably Jazz FM regularly and the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show on BBC Radio (multiple times).
Their music is critically acclaimed; the début album was Blues & Soul Magazine’s ‘album of the month’ in February 2014 and their most recent EP reached #8 in the jazz mp3 charts on Amazon. Part of the band ethos is that of high fidelity sound. Right from the choice of instruments and the recording methods, to the mixing and mastering, no compromise is made. The band has a growing and hugely engaged fanbase – their releases have already more than recouped their initial costs (which run into many £1000’s) purely based on physical sales, downloads and streaming. Their début album shipped to 4 continents.
They have toured in the UK supporting the Blackbyrds (Donald Byrd’s famous protégés), Medeski, Martin & Wood, Nels Cline and Snarky Puppy. They have also toured in Spain, playing début gigs at the two most prestigious jazz clubs in Spain; ‘Jamboree’ in Barcelona (the gig was previewed in the ‘Vanguardia’ paper) and ‘Sala Clamores’ in Madrid (the gig was previewed on National TV – RTVE news). They have now signed with ‘Splash Blue’, a label run by Julian Fontenell and David Ranalli in conjunction with Bluey of Incognito. Their second album, ‘Afterglow’, was released on Splash Blue on 9th September 2016.
“Resolution 88 … this is an exciting young band from Cambridge who take their influence from the immensely important, barrier-breaking mid 70’s funk jazzer Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters – they’ve come out of nowhere at the last minute! There’s absolutely no-one around at all like these guys at the moment!” – Craig Charles (The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show)
“Your second album defines you and asks questions to which the answers can only be found in the creative process of making it. Here Resolution 88 not only find the answers but elevate their game, they have ideas and they project them in an album that is beautifully crafted and captivating listening throughout!” – Bluey of Incognito