Darin Layne Trio: The Fisherman (2007)
Layne's meticulously crafted progressions convey sensitivity to the inherent frameworks of his comps. But he soars into the red zone during "Whippit, as he employees a wah-wah pedal with fuzz-toned distortion. Elsewhere he solos atop buoyant funk grooves, letting it rip on "Break Me. Nonetheless, it's a nicely-balanced set from an artist who knows how and when to pick his spots. And it's easy to discern why his work has been featured on TV and in film. In sum, Layne shrewdly melds chops and poise with a sophisticated approach, all firmed-up by the rhythm section's compassionate support.
Track Listing: Spinning; Away; The Fisherman; Chayenne; Early Morning; See five; What Is There?; Big Fatty; K.B.; Mixbreathe; Whippit; Candy Girl; Break Me; West.
Personnel: Darin Layne: guitar; Chris Maresh: bass; J.J. Johnson: drums; Mike Longoria: drums; Rob Kazenel: drums; Jason McKenzie: drums.
Record Label: Crazy Kong Music
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock