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Studio City

by The Superhighway Band

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Sycamore Tree
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Sycamore Tree The most original ideation of Jazz, every track is a different fusion of Jazz, funk, electro, and more. Very smooth and loungey. Favorite track: Act Weird.
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wilburjay Utterly ridiculous in pretty much every possible way. Brilliant. Favorite track: The Shake.
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mOve the grOOve Takes me back to the good old 70s Brecker Brothers time. Favorite track: Chartreuses.
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pjcoopjazz This is SO good.. I've loved Jerry Hey's horn arrangements since I was a teenager (a long time ago).. This album reminds me of the Paulinho Da Costa Albums (Happy People and Sunrise) which featured Jerry's arrangements back in the 70's
Would love to hear some of this live!! Any plans?
Favorite track: Jerry's.
  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    8 track vinyl album wih printed inner sleeve
    A1 The Shake
    A2 Act Weird
    A3 Chartreuses
    A4 La Brea
    B1 Funk Machine
    B2 Jerry’s
    B3 Killer Tho
    B4 Just The Three Of Us

    Includes unlimited streaming of Studio City via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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The Shake 03:18
Act Weird 04:49
Chartreuses 06:22
La Brea 03:11
Funk Machine 03:30
Jerry's 05:06
Killer Tho 05:25


In March 2020, both Nichol Thomson and Shawn Lee found themselves at home without a live gig in site. Lee called up Thomson and said: “Now is the perfect time to make our smooth jazz trombone album”! Nichol laughed but Shawn... well, didn’t! The pandemic was prime time to get smooth and jazzy!

The two had already been working together the past few years on Shawn Lee and Andy Platts’ Young Gun Silver Fox project. Nichol Thomson’s horn arrangements have become an important element of their sound so a collaboration between the two musicians was both natural and organic. Taking a lyrical reference from the Steely Dan song “Home At Last”, The Superhighway Band was born.

Their debut album “Studio City” has become the perfect vehicle for the two multi instrumentalists to flex some collective musical muscle and kick some serious Yacht Jazz ass! Thomson handles the bass, keyboards and trombone while Lee holds down the drums, percussion and guitars. The album features the tightest horn section in show business comprised around the nucleus of Nichol Thomson and trumpeter Tom Walsh. The record features other top flight musical guests Elliot Mason, Matt Cooper, Nigel Hitchcock, Andy Ross, Jim Watson and Sean Freeman all bringing their magic touch to the proceedings. You can hear their mutual love of all things Jazz Funk and West Coast music: George Duke, CTI Records, The Brecker Brothers, Seawind, Quincy Jones’ productions, The Crusaders, they all resonate in the grooves of the Superhighway sound.

If you haven’t come across Nichol ‘The Gift’ Thomson before, he has played with some musical heavyweight: The Eagles, Level 42, Chaka Khan, Grace Jones, Tina Turner, Tom Jones to name a select few. Shawn Lee has this to say about his fellow Superhighway man: “Nichol is such a gifted player/writer/arranger. He never ceases to blow me away. Making this music has been deeply satisfying and fun.”

Shawn Lee has released nearly fifty albums in his eclectic career so far. The Superhighway Band has returned Shawn to the music of his youth and represents an important piece of his musical puzzle. Nichol says: “Shawn is a walking library of musical knowledge. When you add in his insane left-field sense of humour, you’re in for a seriously gratifying couple of months of record making.”


released November 4, 2021


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