Eddie Roberts

On Stage: guitar & tambourine

Off Stage: studio producer, wine & cigar enthusiast, sailor

Equipment: 1965 Gibson 330 guitar, Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Wah pedal, Fender Twin Reverb amp, D’Addario strings

Born: Swansea, Wales

Lives: Denver, USA

Feed Me: avocados, peanut butter, Marmite (not at the same time)

Hot Beverage Preference: herbal tea

What’s On Your MP3 player? Jazz, jazz and more jazz

Recommended listening: Big John Patton - Accent on the Blues

Pet Hate: Sales tax not being included in the advertised price in American shops

Eddie started his music career proper in 1989 aged 18, having left his Welsh homeland to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music. More interested in live performing and getting his own thing going than in college work, he quickly rooted out the best players in town and set up his first band, The Jazz Mailmen, dedicated to playing the golden era of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. After transcribing all the parts and enforcing a dress code of Bop suits, he set about taking the UK Jazz Dance scene by storm. During this time British Hard Bop legend Tommy Chase asked him to relocate and join his band, but Eddie had other ideas…Around 1991 Eddie’s love for Grant Green inspired him to put a Hammond-based line up together. With the sound of Big John Patton, Lou Donaldson and Ivan Boogaloo, his band The Eddie Roberts Organisation toured UK and managed to get its first European dates at the ‘Queen’s Birthday Celebrations’ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The next step in 1993 was to downsize to a Hammond trio - this happened after meeting two guys who nailed it down more than the seven-piece that the Organisation had become. The Three Deuces were born. After a live album was released, (recorded at Leeds’ legendary Jazz dance club The Yardbird Suite) great reviews ensured extensive touring opportunities: headlining Italy’s Jazz festival in Bari with Greg Osby as well as many UK festivals, and the start of a regular slot at the Jazz Cafe, London. “Down at Art’s” was playlisted on Jazz FM for most of 1996 - Art’s Cafe in central Leeds being the place where it all started and ran weekly for 3 years.

Other projects in tandem with the Deuces included Gaucho - inspired by Joe Henderson, Chico Hamilton, Gabo Szabo, Sam Rivers etc., comprising percussion, double bass, guitar, tenor sax & flute - and The Mastersounds with Simon Allen, Dan Brown and percussionist Sam Bell. In 1999 Eddie’s focus shifted towards Deep Funk, and hence The New Mastersounds who started out performing a mix of Eddie’s quirky Meters-inspired funk ditties and covers of Jimmy McGriff andGrant Green tunes in clubs and bars around Leeds and Manchester. Soon after, the first 7” was released on Blow it Hard Records (“One Note Brown” is now a rare collectors’ 45) they gigged at Jazz Cafe alongside Funk DJ & collector Keb Darge. This meeting proved to be a fruitful one - 3 singles and 1 album on Keb’s label Deep Funk Records earned them the dubious title ‘Best Funk Band in the World at this Moment’. 2001/2002 saw some heavy international touring for the extended 8-piece band which featured Cleve Freckleton and The Haggis Horns. Late 2002, whilst various options for a second NMS album were being considered, Eddie’s own Cooker Records teased fans with a couple of new 7” singles, as well as re-releasing the highly sought-after debut album.

Eddie’s love for 60’s Blue Note & Hard Bop, however, didn’t waver despite the media hype of the Deep Funk scene, and after a conversation with Adrian Gibson (Booker & DJ at Jazz Cafe/Messin’ Around) Eddie was commissioned to produce a Hard Bop track for the Jazz dancers to go on a ‘Messin Around’ compilation. Eddie had ulterior motives at this recording session - to record a number of ‘old-school’ tracks with re-arranging & remixing in mind. This project is calledRoughneck (a term often used to describe Eddie’s dynamic guitar style) and over the course of 2003 the multi-tracks were fed into Eddie’s creaking mainframe. “Diggin’ Around”, the first 12”, was released in February 2003 and a wave of positive responses hit Cooker’s shores. (“Pure & genuine, double bass monster. Strong heavy Jazz elements. Very, very good!” said one Espen Horne).

In Spring 2003 Eddie was approached by UK DJ & producer Mr Scruff to play on his remix of theRamsey Lewis classic “Do What You Want” for the Verve Remixed series. Then in April the original New Mastersounds quartet (bass, drums, guitar, Hammond) took matters into their own hands and set up a dedicated label for the band, One Note Records, with drummer Simon Allen at the helm. The second NMS album, “Be Yourself” was written, recorded and mixed over summer 2003 and released in the UK that October. A much broader project than the first album (which had been, to a degree, constrained by the demands of Keb Darge’s Deep Funk dancefloor crowd) “Be Yourself” reflects more truly the scope of Eddie’s musical influences and experience, hence the title.

The proceeds from “Be Yourself” were used to finance stage two of Eddie’s Roughneck project - the double vinyl LP and CD of Roughneck was released summer 2004 on One Note Records and licensed to P-Vine Records in Japan six months later. After that there were select live shows Jazz Festivals and clubs, one of which yielded the live album “Roughneck: Live in Paris” (P-Vine 2005). The band - which features Gordon Kilroy on drums, Neil Innes on bass, Bill Laurance on piano, and guest performances from ex-NMS horn players Rob Lavers (sax) and Malcolm Strachan (trumpet) - was the obvious choice for Eddie’s 2006 recording project “Trenta”. This album, released early 2007 on Salvo’s Records features Eddie’s instrumental arrangements of traditional Neopolitan songs. Eddie decided it was time to give the Americans a taste of Roughneck so he flew them over to perform at High Sierra Music Festival, where fans lapped up the soulful jazzy sounds.

Also in 2007 Eddie paid his first visit to New Orleans, with The New Mastersounds. The band played three shows over the first weekend of Jazzfest, but while the others went home, Eddie stayed on for an extra week and found himself guesting with a host of jazz and funk artists at late-night shows around the city including Galactic, Papa Mali, Donald Harrison, Johnny Vidocavitch, Idris Muhammed, The Greyboy Allstars. Later that summer Eddie joined Stanton Moore‘s trio for a festival gig, alongside keyboard wizard Robert Walter.

In 2010 Eddie moved to San Francisco to further his music career. During the next three years, as well as touring extensively with The New Mastersounds in USA, Europe and Japan, Eddie started managing the band. Also while living in the Bay Area, Eddie had the opportunity of playing with some of his musical heroes, including Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, as well as putting together a new band based in SF, Eddie Roberts’ West Coast Sounds. Eddie also started a non-profit, the Payback 501c3, to raise money for youth experiencing homelessness in SF and hosted an annual event at the Great American Music Hall.

In 2013, Eddie decided to follow his love for New Orleans funk and moved to the Big Easy. New Orleans embraced Eddie and lots of opportunities ensued for the next 2 years, including the guitar chair with original Meters members Zigaboo and George Porter Jr’s ‘The Foundation of Funk’ along with John Medeski from Medeski, Martin & Woods on keys.

In 2014 Eddie met the love of his life, and by 2015 they were married and he moved to Denver, CO. Eddie embraced the lively music scene in Denver, and in 2018 set up Color Red Music – a record label, production studio & multimedia platform dedicated to releasing original music on a weekly basis.

2019 saw the 20-year anniversary of The New Mastersounds, along with an extensive world tour and the release of their 18th studio album ‘Shake It’, which featured a new addition to the band, Atlanta-based vocalist Lamar Williams Jr.

Eddie Roberts Discography(All credits are for producer & guitar unless marked “g” = guitar only)

* DIG! Alliance 12” (Clean Up Records) g
* Soul Station ‘Cut ‘n the Groove’ CD (Yardbird Suite) g
* Ripley 12” (Tongue & Groove) g
* The Three Deuces ‘Live at Yardbird Suite’ CD (Yardbird Suite)
* The Three Deuces ‘Down at Arts’ 12” EP (Yardbird Suite)
* Gaucho ‘Friday Workout’ CD (Iroko Records)
* Lazonby Group ‘War All The Time’ CD (Slam Records) g
* The Mastersounds ‘GT/Minnie the Kicker’ 7” single (Yardbird Suite)
* The New Mastersounds ‘One Note Brown/Burnt Back’ 7” single (Blow It Hard)
* The New Mastersounds ‘Ode to Bobby Gentry/Taurus’ 7” single (Blow It Hard)
* James Taylor & The New Mastersounds ‘Fire/Foxy Lady’ 7” single (Blow It Hard) g
* Evil Eddie & the Super Slinkys ‘3 on the B/Side Skip’ 7” single (Blow It Hard)
* The New Mastersounds ‘It’s All Right Now’ 7” single (Deep Funk)
* The New Mastersounds ‘Hot Dog/Drop It Down 7” single (Deep Funk)
* The New Mastersounds ‘Keb Darge Presents’ CD & Album (Deep Funk)
* The New Mastersounds ‘Nervous’ 12” EP (Deep Funk Records)
* Youth Club Classics ‘Keep On It’ 12” (Cooker Records)
* The New Mastersounds ‘(So you Can)Get Back/Can’t Hold Me Down’ (Cooker)
* The New Mastersounds ‘So Much Better/Better Off Dead’ (Cooker)
* The New Mastersounds ‘Keb Darge Presents’ CD (Cooker re-release)
* The New Mastersounds ‘Nervous’ 7” single (Kay Dee)
* Deep Funk Allstars aka Sound Stylistics ‘Deep Funk’ Library CD (Zomba) g
* Rhianna ‘Word Love remix’ CD Single (Sony Music)
* Eddie Roberts ‘Diggin Around’ 12” EP (Cooker)
* LSK ‘Outlaw’ CD (Sony) g
* Verve Remixed ‘Do What You Want’ Ramsey Lewis - Mr Scruff Remix (Verve) g
* The New Mastersounds ‘Be Yourself’ CD/itunes (One Note)
* The New Mastersounds featuring Corinne Bailey Rae ‘Your Love Is Mine’ 7” single (One Note)
* John Arnold ‘Inside’ Mr Scruff mix feat. Eddie Roberts 12"EP (Ubiquity) g
* Eddie Roberts ‘Roughneck’ CD/LP/itunes (One Note)
* The New Mastersounds ‘Baby Bouncer’ / ‘The Minx’ 7” single (One Note)
* The Link Quartet ‘Spider Baby’ guest sitar (Hammondbeat) g
* The New Mastersounds “This Is What We Do” CD/LP/itunes (One Note)
* The New Mastersounds “Fast Man” 7” single (Freestyle)
* The New Mastersounds ‘stay on the Groove” 7” single (Freestyle)
* The New Mastersounds “Live At La Cova” CD/itunes (3 on the B/P-Vine)
* The New Mastersounds “Butter for Yo Popcorn” 7” single (Soul Cookers)
* The New Mastersounds “Give Me a Minute” 7” single (Our Label)
* The Magnificent Freedom “F**k Off and Leave Me Alone” 7” single (Our Label)
* The Inmates “Bread & Water” 7” single (Our Label)
* Eddie Roberts “Roughneck Live in Paris” CD/iTunes (P-Vine/One Note)
* The New Mastersounds “Thirty Three” / “Talk is Cheap” 7” single (One Note)
* The New Mastersounds “102%” CD/LP/iTunes (One Note)
* Eddie Roberts Quintet “Trenta” CD/iTunes (Salvo’s)
* The Jazz Invaders “Artnebekkie” remix 12”
* The New Mastersouds “Remixed” CD/LP/iTunes (Record Kicks)
* The New Mastersounds feat. Dionne Charles “King Comforter” 7” single (One Note)

* The New Mastersounds “Plug & Play” CD/LP/digital (One Note)

* The New Mastersounds “Ten Years On” CD/LP/digital (One Note)

* Eddie Roberts & Freckles “Move” digital only (One Note)

* Eddie Roberts & The Fire Eaters “Burn” CD/LP/digital (Légère)

* The New Mastersounds “Breaks From The Border” CD/LP/digital (Tallest Man/P-Vine)

* The West Coast Sounds “It’s About Time” CD/digital (Tallest Man)

* The New Mastersounds “Out On The Faultline” CD/LP/digital (One Note)

* The New Mastersounds “Therapy” CD/LP/digital (Légère)

* The New Mastersounds “Made For Pleasure” CD/LP/digital (Royal Potato Family / Légère)

* The New Mastersounds “The Nashville Session” LP/digital (Royal Potato Family / One Note)

* Matador! Soul Sounds “Get Ready” LP/digital (Color Red)

* The New Mastersounds “Renewable Energy” CD/LP/digital (One Note)

* The New Mastersounds “The Nashville Session 2” CD/LP/digital (One Note)

* The New Mastersounds “Shake It” LP/digital (Color Red) CD (P-Vine)

* Happy Hour by W.R.D. Digital Single & 7” Vinyl (Color Red)

* Corner Pocket by W.R.D. Digital Single & 7” Vinyl (Color Red)

* Private Paradise by Sophistakits Digital Single (Color Red)

* Sophistakiddin by Sophistakits Digital Single (Color Red)

* Sophistakitted by Sophistakits Digital Single (Color Red)

* Red Sunset by W.R.D. Digital Single (Color Red)

* Bobby’s Boogaloo by W.R.D. Digital Single (Color Red)

* Trouble by The New Mastersounds Digital Single (Color Red)

* Back Atcha by Jedi Johnston Digital Single (Color Red)

* Mr. Sneaky by Jedi Johnston Digital Single (Color Red)

* We Got What You Need by Matador! Soul Sounds Digital Single (Color Red)

* Go On, Love by Matador! Soul Sounds Digital Single & 7” Vinyl (Color Red)

* The Juice Ain’t Worth the Squeeze by Matador! Soul Sounds Digital Single & 7” Vinyl (Color Red)

* Your Love Is Like Water by Josh Hoyer & The Macy Sounds Digital Single (Color Red)

* Other Side of Town by Josh Hoyer & the Macy Sounds Digital Single (Color Red)

* Knuckle Sandwich by Freekbass LP/Digital (Color Red) CD (P-Vine)

* You Make Me Wanna Dance by Freekbass LP/Digital (Color Red) CD (P-Vine)

* Gotta Get Back to You by Freekbass LP/Digital (Color Red) CD (P-Vine)

* Blizzard Lizard by Freekbass LP/Digital (Color Red) CD (P-Vine)

* The Loneliest I’ve Ever Been by Josh Hoyer & the Macy Sounds Digital Single (Color Red)

* Camins Del Priorat by Eddie Roberts Digital Single (Color Red)

* Back Atcha (feat. Casbah 73) [Casbah 73 Remix] by Jedi Johnston Digital Single (Color Red)

* Trouble (feat. Ralph Session) [Ralph Session Remix] by The New Mastersounds Digital Single (Color Red)

Selected Videos

1. THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS – The Whistle Song (Dir: Brett Domino) (OFFICIAL VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Pi2W_i_ceY



3. THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS – Trouble, Feat. Lamar Williams Jr. (OFFICIAL VIDEO)




5. THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS - Mission Creep - stripped down MoBoogie Loft Session










10. Interview with Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds




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The Band

Eddie Roberts


Simon Allen


Pete Shand


Joe Tatton


Additional Contributors
  • Lamar Williams Jr - vocals
  • Mike Olmos - trumpet
  • Jason Mingledorff - sax, flute
  • Daniel Casares - saxophones
  • Chip Wickham - sax, flute
  • Rob Lavers - tenor sax, flute (2006-7)
  • Bob Birch - organ & piano (1999-2007)
  • Dionne Charles - vocals (2008-2009)
  • Malcolm Strachan - trumpet (2000-2003)
  • Jason Rae - alto, baritone, flute (2000-2003)
  • Atholl Ransome - tenor, flute (2000-2003)
  • Jim Corry - tenor sax
  • Cleve Freckleton - vocals (2000-2003)
  • Sulene Fleming - vocals (2000-2003)


The Waster

From the Clubs of Leeds

Guitar World

Interview: Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds Discusses Gear, Technique and Future Plans

The New Orleans Times-Picayune

The New Mastersounds learned the lessons of the Meters well

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Britain’s New Mastersounds invade Mt. Tallac Brewery

Vanguard Online



  Additional print-ready photos are available here.


 ...a self-prescribed dose of Therapy has the band getting back to their feet, and will get you on yours, too.” (Exclaim.ca)

 Therapy provides explorations into soul-lifting jazz, enduring funk and some of the best instrumental trance heard in ages.” (Relix Magazine)

 What they present here is quite simply the best album of its type so far this year and I doubt if it will be equalled” (New Untouchables)