So What's Up?
So What's Up? is bassist Mike Hatton's second release, following the more bluesy Commercial Blues, released in 2005. This represents Mike's jazzier side. Here, Mjhq makes an exciting contribution to the UK's Midlands Jazz scene producing a mix of music, some of whose roots stem from an American jazz sound and others which are distinctly European. It's been consistently said of some of the music that it evokes a filmic, perhaps TV drama theme tune quality and seems to draw from the likes of detective series from the 1970s and 80s. With guitar and saxophone prominent as front line instruments, and funky grooves providing the rhythmic bedrock, it's not hard to understand comparisons with the likes of the Crusaders, Steely Dan and the jazzier side of Little Feat. 'Hatton has a way with a tune as well as a groove and this is bright, accessible, melodic music...' - Ian Mann 'Hard grooving... a relaxed and relaxing, feelgood bunch to spend an hour with...' - Peter Bacon.