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San Diego’s Sure Fire Soul Ensemble On New Album, Making Billboard Debut

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble on stage at the Quartyard in downtown San Diego i...

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Above: The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble on stage at the Quartyard in downtown San Diego in 2018.

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The group's latest album, "Build Bridges," debuted No. 1 last month on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart.

Aired: November 18, 2019 | Transcript

When it came to making a new album, Tim Felten, one of the founders of The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, said the band knew it wanted to make a statement.

That's how its new album, "Build Bridges," came together.

"I was kind of thinking about the expression 'to build bridges, not walls' ... and kind of relating to our current political climate and this monstrosity that we seem to need to build on the southern border," Felten said. "And just in general, in life, it's better to build bridges, than walls in relationships."

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Last month, "Build Bridges," debuted No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart for the week of Oct. 12.

Felten and longtime band member, Jesse Audelo, joined Midday Edition on Monday to talk about their latest album and making music in San Diego.

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