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The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble Plays Sound Of San Diego

Band members of the group, The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, pose for a picture at...

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Above: Band members of the group, The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, pose for a picture at the KPBS studios. From left to right (front row) Jesse Audelo, Matt LaBarber, Pete Williams, Sheryll Felten, (back row) Diego Velasquez, Tim Felten, Nick Costa, Robert Dove.

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The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble delivers the sound of San Diego with a little more soul and a lot more funk than the typical local band in its debut album.

The self-titled album features laid-back, soulful vibes with song titles that are sure to strike a chord with San Diegans.

Photo credit: Robert Sanchez

The band, The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble performing at the KPBS studios. 6/19/2015

"Strolling Adams", "City Heights" and "IB Struttin’" are songs inspired by the sights and sounds of San Diego said keyboardist and bandleader Tim Felten. His wife Sheryll is also in the band.

"I've lived here for half my life now, for nine years Sheryll and I lived near Adams Avenue, so that part of town Normal Heights, City Heights and one of my favorite places to hang out is Imperial Beach during the surfing season," Felten said.

The instrumental funk band, which describes its sound as “heavy cinematic soul” stopped by KPBS Midday Edition for a special preview of their new album.

Musicians of the late ’60s and early ‘70s, such as Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye and Herbie Hancock, influenced the band.

"I think there's a resurgence of all things vintage from clothing to vinyl and music, you'll hear even now on mainstream radio influences from previous decades,” said saxophonist and flutist Jesse Audelo. “So people really flock to that. Having an 8-piece band, the power of it, is just unmatched.”

Audelo studied Jazz at San Diego State and said he also draws from San Diego saxophonist Karl Denson.

Other band members include guitarist Nick Costa, tenor saxophonist Robert Dove, drummer Pete Williams, bassist Matt LaBarber and percussionist Diego Velasquez.

Album cover, The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble's self-titled debut album.

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble's self-titled debut album is available at local record stores on CD and vinyl, as well as digitally on iTunes and Amazon.

Disclosure: Tim Felten and Nick Costa have worked on the production staff at KPBS

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