I started the month of September with the launch of this blog, writing about this year's Salt Lake City Jazz Festival. I wanted to kick off this blog on the right foot. So when I saw Jerry Cortez -- guitarist for the powerhouse funk and soul group Tower of Power and a Utah resident himself -- posting on Facebook about his band wrapping up the festival that Labor Day weekend Sunday night, I knew that I just had to go.
The playing was so tight, so fun, so groovy. It made you just want to get up and boogie. The rhythm section, the soulful singing ... perfect.
But one thing that truly defines Tower of Power's music are those horns. Those mighty horns.
It's one of those things where you use a tired stand-by way of describing something, but in a musical sense it fits perfectly: If you look up the word "tight" in the dictionary, you'd find a picture of Tower of Power to go along with it.
That would be no lie.
These guys can rip the roof off of any joint.