Earl Klugh's Windham Hill Jazz debut, titledPeculiar Situation, isn't really peculiar at all, it's mostly a familiar situation. Klugh's music has always been presented in semi-glossy productions, from his earliest outings under Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen's touch to the majority of his releases which have been self-produced. His music is always easy on the ears, featuring his easily-recognizable acoustic guitar voice sailing through catchy melodies over tasteful arrangements. As usual, the compositions are all Klugh's. All of the tunes feature programmed rhythm tracks, with Klugh adding the keyboards and Al Turner supplying the bass and drum tracks. Lenny Price adds sax to most of the tunes, and Roberta Flack sings one selection. The first four tunes of this set give a definite nod to the more urban, contemporary beat-driven settings of today's playlists, but after that the proceedings slip into that easy-going groove that we've come to know and enjoy from Klugh. (Windham Hill Jazz 11383)
Tracks:Peculiar Situation; Now and Again; Private Affair; Thin Ice; I'm Falling; Romantic Intent; Desert Paradise; Forever Girl; Before You Go; Southern Dog; When I Look at You. (52:01)
Earl Klugh, guitars, keyboards; Al Turner, bass, drums, percussion; Lenny Price, saxophone; Roberta Flack, vocal (on "Now and Again"); Greg Phillinganes, electric piano; Rick Williams, Donnie Lyle, rhythm guitar; Tommie Walker, bass synthesizer; Gary Brown, Cindy Mizell, The Ambassadors, background vocals.
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.