Finally getting to this. Egad.
Track 01 — Instant recognition. Going to take me awhile. I definitely have this. Thinking Griot Galaxy. Can’t peg the tune, though. Yeah, this is GG (always loved this cover). Kins is the album, but again, can’t recall the song title.
Track 02 — Love the feel of this. Not entirely loving the alto, but love what they’re setting up there. On the whole, this is a win. Yeah, now he’s digging in, I’m buying. This MUST be good because my wife is frowning!
Track 03 — The abstract stuff like this doesn’t always hit the right nerve with me, but I’m all over this. Not 100% who this is, but that’s definitely Louis Moholo on drums. Night music. I mean, to my ear, this sounds like a lot of YOUR projects. It isn’t, though — I’m unlikely to miss on those. Soprano reminds me a bit of Thomas Chapin, but this sounds a shade before him to me.
Track 04 — I struggle with this type of guitar sound, as a rule, but really like this. Can’t quite peg the feel I’m getting, but it’s similar to something in my collection, though I don’t have this. And, we all know I can’t resist anything in three. Love those tumbling drums. Has that feel of the best side of ECM. In fact, that sounds like Richie Beirach to me. Playing this sort of thing would make me very happy (are you listening, Tim Webb!?!). This is such a overall conversation. Much to like here. That bass tone is beautiful. Even the laptop speakers can’t hide that. Ah! That’s the feel. Reminds me of one of Heinz Sauer’s albums, Metal Blossoms. No wonder I like it.
Track 05 — Wow. What’s not to love, here? I love the almost flamenco sound of the guitar. Even though it’s wondering and doesn’t seem to have a determined direction, I’m really enjoying the path. Again, great bass tone (why would ANYEONE prefer electric!?). Not a candidate for the car mix, but again… night music.
Track 06 — Almost feels like a Charlie Kohlhase project to me. That alto seems a bit too mainstream, though. At times I feel like I know him, and at times, he seems completely unknown. It’s odd. I’m at the trombone, now. Not completely onboard, but I’m wanting to get there. Kinda feel like I want to recast this (like, I REALLY want Craig Harris right here!). Different alto? Chaos! Love it! I like that the drums stayed with that pattern as things got chaotic — kind of held it together for me. Weird. I’m half here, but I’m pissed off that I can’t get anybody nailed down.
Track 07 — I know this. Ah, yes. Opener from this.
Track 08 — Hearing a bunch of different songs, but this is none of them. Something almost Gato-ish about the tenor. I could do without that 80s electronic sound, but at the same time, it works in the mix. Just not sure how often I’d go back to this. Kind of losing me in the effects, but that’s probably more me than anything to do with the music. If there’s a power outage, though, this band is in trouble.
Track 09 — All in. I want to guess Kenny Wheeler, but it’s not quite him. But it’s that quality that I like about this. Something about the progression in the piano feel like it’s coming from a religious/spiritual base, though the song itself doesn’t give me that. Man, you can pick some bass for me to love. One thing that’s really getting me about this BFT is the songs are all short-ish, and yet still feel complete. Definitely has that European influence (ECM-ish). There is something very honest about this. It skirts the J-word, but it’s not that. It’s something else, and I want more of it, in the right mood.
Track 10 — I was in love prior to the saxophone. Horn feels a little too smooth-jazz for me. Love the feel they set up prior to that, though. It’s a great platform to build off of, but those trills aren’t doing it for me. This feels like a lost opportunity. What it sets up in the first two minutes never really gets realized, then it seems to run out of steam. I want something ballsier to happen. Maceo!
Track 11 — I feel like I’m judging this too harshly due to my prediliction against electronica and/or “smooth” jazz. This feels a bit more real than the latter, but a bit to steeped in the former. I just can’t get my ears around it. Feels more like experimentation than a complete song.
Track 12 — AHA!!!!! That’s my man Charles Brackeen! Whomever put these sessions together has a special place in my heart. Stone Blue from this. Not a moment I *don’t* love on this album. Frankly, I feel that way about all three of Charles’ Silkheart dates. Malachi is SUCH a *bitch* on this! In the words of Nathan Breedlove: Love! Love!
Thanks, Dennis! You brought me Christmas with that last cut.
Just noticing Dennis hasn't commented, I'll reach out.