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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




Crotchet

The Ultimate Smooth Jazz Experience

Freedom Town

black box BBJ2021

 

 

 

 

  1. Brazilian Groove
  2. Poignant Song
  3. Time for a Smoothie
  4. Good as it Gets
  5. I Thought it was You
  6. Paradiso
  7. Moroccan Moon
  8. Rich Boy
  9. Igetso
  10. Blue Coral
  11. Big Night

Graham Harvey – Keyboards, Guitar
Steve Pert – Vocals, Programming, Percussion
Ed Jones – Saxophones, Flute (1-7, 9-11)
Andy Holdsworth – Guitar (1,2,4,7,10,11)
Jim Mullen – Guitar (1,3,6)
Jojo Pert – Vocal (4)
Joy Rose Vocal (5)
Jean Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick – Guitar (5)
Fayyaz Virji – Trombone (5)
Andy Gangadeen – Groove Consultant (5)
Sarah Brown – Backing Vocals –(8)
Dave O’Higgins – Tenor Sax (8)

This is a creation where the end has justified the means. With all the smooth jazz albums there are around, mostly emanating from the West Coast of the USA, why do we need another?

Graham Harvey and Steve Pert have however created a smooth jazz album of exceptional quality, a product that in a number of ways is superior to the US albums. Not only are all the arrangements good, they are well played by a superb line up of musicians and singers. All the tracks are very tuneful and only track 5 was written by other than the collaborators. Graham Harvey is notable on both guitar and keyboards and Ed Jones is a considerable contributor on both Tenor and Flute. The redoubtable Dave O’ Higgins even appears on track 8 and as usual makes an impact.

Whilst capturing the ‘West Coast’ smooth jazz feel, the group have managed to avoid the pitfall of every track sounding the same, which is common in this genre. Varying the musical line up, the tempo and the rhythm have achieved this. Most of all, the most powerful ingredient is the composition of good, new and interesting melodies.

I’m not sure what a ‘groove consultant’ does, but perhaps my age is showing!

This is an excellent album which deserves to be successful, here’s to the next one.

 

 

Don Mather

 

 



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