Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Larry Coryell, Badi Assad, John Abercrombie|
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Mark W. Mckenzie | Cary, IL United States | 04/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Didn't know what to expect when I picked up this CD. I was quite familiar with Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie, but knew nothing about Badi Assad. Larry and John deliver as expected, but its Badi who gives this session unique sounds and seasonings. Her vocalizing and "percussion" comes out of nowhere, and fits right in. Reminds me a bit of the sound Chick Corea had with Flora Purim and Airto. And her nylon-string guitar adds a color you don't find in your typical two-guitar jazz album.While not all the tunes are masterpieces, there's a plenty of variety and fresh musical ideas. If you're looking for an album that's about blazing guitar pyrotechnics, then this probably isn't for you. Instead, this one is full of tasteful, expressive musicianship and an easy, sensistive interplay, yet with a generous dose of chops. This ain't "smooth jazz" by any means, but rather the creative effort of true artists.The recording is clean and clear, with a real "you are there" feeling. I've been listening to this one over and over..."
An Interesting Premise
grady nubbins | Middle of the United States | 01/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not everything works perfectly on this outing. There is a little culture-clash here and there. The ones that do work are quite good, however. It is especially nice to hear the mostly electric John Abercrombie again dust off his acoustic and a couple of his better compositions. Ralph's Piano Waltz and Timeless are two of his best, and both sound quite good here.
I agree that Badi's guitar doesn't sound as good as the others, but her playing is very good. Larry always plays well and certainly does on this recording. The overall feel to the record is much more low-key than I anticipated. A good effort overall. Looking forward to the next..."